Taking Stock: Osborne’s changed his tune on tax avoidance

IT’S ALWAYS heartwarming for Taking Stock to see humanity’s capacity for change, and TS was delighted to see it in full evidence when footage emerged this week of a fresh-faced George Osborne on the Daily Politics show with Andrew Neil in 2003.

The message Osborne conveys in a rather awkward, shifty, even sheepish manner is that tax avoidance is an option available to a caller.

“The one piece of advice I would give to [caller] Bill is that there are some pretty clever financial products out there,” Osborne can be heard to say.

Not a message that sits well alongside his current tone on “egregious”, “morally repugnant” schemes.

What an inspirational turnaround.


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