This morning on the Today programme (51 mins)we had the pleasure of Labour’s Margaret Hodge …..not to be questioned as to the tax dealings of her brother’s company Stemcor, or her use of family trusts, but to be given free rein to slander and malign the Coalition’s attempts to deal with tax avoidance.
She was allowed to claim that the Coalition had no policies, no staff or investment to tackle the problem and that it was all essentially being done on the back of an envelope….there should be more resources..’just think John for every one pound invested we get 10 back!’
John Humphrys said nothing and let her get away with that without interruption or comment.
Humphrys then brought on Danny Alexander and interrupted constantly. Humphrys demanded to know why Alexander was running such a shambolic and ineffective operation….why didn’t he know about certain tax dodges?
‘Somebody should have known…why didn’t you know??
Alexander revealed the truth that of course the government and HMRC were looking intensively at such schemes and were successfully putting a stop to many of them…they have invested £1 bn and will be taking in £9 bn extra tax revenue because of the measures implemented.
John Humphrys stamps on Alexander when he says that this is far better than under Labour.
It seems OK for Hodge to lie through her teeth without challenge but mention Labour and you get slapped down pretty sharpish.
Humphrys realises he is onto a loser and falls back on a rather pathetic attempt to make the Coalition look bad….asking ‘you, the Coalition, keep saying you are doing things…why haven’t you done them?’
What a hopeless interview….Humphrys must know exactly what measures the government has taken to tackle tax avoidance…..and if not why not?
‘Today‘ is supposed to be our premier news programme.
You’d get more news, and more accurate news, from a crystal ball.