Letters – 11 June

Follow the Bible’s verse

The 28 May 1998 issue informs us that the ‘Tax law rewrite is held up’, and the ‘ICA slams tax bill complexity’.

I am sure that all readers recognise the connection. It would have made much more sense if, before attempting to rewrite tax legislation, there had been an attempt to simplify the legislation itself.

I suppose that it is too much to expect the legislators to start with a clean sheet of paper and redraft tax legislation. The reason why there are so many complexities in the wording is to explain and amplify the complexities in the legislation and particularly with regard to possible loopholes.

The most profound statement ever issued, and with not one word of more than one syllable, is found in St Luke’s Gospel, chapter 19 verse ten: ‘The son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost’. I commend both the simplicity of the statement and the truth of it.

Harold James, Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset

A simile now gone metric?

So Austin Mitchell has now gone metric – his article (‘Letters’, 28 May) was the first time I have ever read the expression ‘like a tonne of bricks’.

FJ Sheard, Almondbury, Huddersfield.

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