Friday, February 17, 2012


Last week, the Guardian revealed that senior UK civil servants were having their salaries laundered through corporate fronts in order to dodge their taxes. This has caused outrage in the UK, and so now their Treasury is reviewing 4,000 postings, with an eye to finding and ending any such arrangements.

Good. These people aren't freelancers or outside consultants, but senior cvil servants in permanent positions. And civil servants, of all people, should pay their taxes. And their employer, the government, certainly shouldn't collude with them to effectively rob itself.

Meanwhile, I'm still wondering whether this is happening here. I'd like to think not, because our public service are deeply committed to their code of ethics, and not nearly as infected by the sociopathy of the 1%. But I guess we won't know unless we look.