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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Taxpayers' Alliance director does not pay UK tax

The Guardian reports that the Taxpayers' Alliance, a campaign group that calls for tax and spending cuts and claims to represent the interests of taxpayers, has admitted one of its directors does not pay British tax.

They say that Alexander Heath, a director of the increasingly influential free market, rightwing lobby group, lives in a farmhouse in the Loire and has not paid British tax for years.

The Conservative party of course, has close links to this group, who claim to be "the guardian of taxpayers' money, the voice of taxpayers in the media and their representative at Westminster".

The paper highlights that at the Conservative party conference in Manchester this week, the Taxpayers' Alliance's influence was underlined when David Cameron and George Osborne followed its recommendations for freezing public sector pay and capping civil servants' salaries at the level of the prime minister, unless approved by the chancellor.

Being lectured on value for money by a non-UK taxpayer is bad enough, but to have that person and his organisation influencing the UK Government in this way is positively undemocratic.
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