Tuesday, 28 May 2013
The pain of the corporate shilling
Not if your David Hartnett, when instead you can enroll yourself onto a fantastic jolly at the expense of Deloitte. A day a week contract for several tens of thousands of pounds must be the dream of many a man reaching that time in their life. A little work to keep oneself occupied and able to converse at social events that one still has a role and part to play in life. On the other hand, not too much to do given the advancing nature of the years and desire to spend time out of the office.
The reward for this, a full shellacking in the national newspapers, virtually called a traitor by backbench Labour MP's. Comes with the territory sure, but probably worth it for the money.
I had some sympathy with even Margaret Hodge for saying the Big 4 Accountants have the HMRC and Government well measured up. Indeed they do, no doubt they encouraged the complexity of the tax code as it suits them to bill their own clients too. Plus most of the tax workers at the Big 4 have worked originally for the Government and left for better money in the Private Sector.
However, so what? This is bound to happen as I don't want the Government paying excessive salaries to HMRC staff. All the Government needs to do is remember not to listen to them when they come back with their corporate sponsors and agendas - this though seems to be the bit the Government finds hard to do. it should not be really, caveat emptor, beware of greeks bearing gifts - none of this is new is it?
In the meantime, have fun at Deloitte Mr. Hartnett, after all its not at taxpayers expense!