Make your mind up

But accountants also want to cut tax and red tape and government interference in business.

Very often one has the impression that many accountants think both things at the same time. If we have an enterprise culture does business need support from government to get going? And if we don’t, and business does need help, shouldn’t we who are in business and advising it be willing to pay for that support for others?

Don’t we need to decide to whether to co-ordinate our left and right hands, or should we instead say ‘get right of here altogether’? Surely, we can’t do both? Either we think government has a role in small business and should interfere, or not. But please don’t ask for money and deny government the right to recover it, because we all know there’s no free lunch.

Richard Murphy, Fulcrum

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