OTS makes it so

TS CAN’T CLAIM to be a big Star Trek fan, having been banned from various conventions for being slightly too geeky. But Michael Jack, chair of the Office of Tax Simplification was obviously in the cooler (relatively speaking) crowd at school.

His introduction to the eagerly awaited report kicked off with several references to Star Trek, split infinitives and all – the OTS hopes to “boldly go where no man has gone before” on its voyage of discovery. Of course, the similarities between fighting alien life forms and proposing to reform entrepreneur’s relief are obvious to most observers.

But cynicism aside, if George Osborne were to botch a merger of income tax and National Insurance he might find himself having to Klingon to power or step aside for the, ahem, next generation.

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