Leaked documents have revealed how HM Revenue and Customs have let off Goldman Sachs from paying a £10 million tax debt. The £10 million is interest owed to the tax man after Goldman Sachs, a wealthy Wall Street banking firm, failed in its attempt to create a tax avoidance scam for its rich clients. Customs sources have privately admitted this was a cock-up, but refuse to reveal who exactly is to blame.
This is the same government who want to take benefits away from people who are too sick to work. The Department of Work and Pensions have claimed that three quarters of incapacity benefit claimants are fit to work, despite what those people’s doctors have said, and the DWP are engaged in a process swapping benefit claimants from incapacity benefit to Employment Support Allowance – a process that claims to be “helping benefit claimants back into work” when its true purpose is to strip 75% of claimants of all their benefits.
Helping benefit claimants back into work is a laudable scheme. But the DWP is actually trying to take benefits away from claimants whose doctors have declared them unfit to work. Doctors do not make such declarations lightly. But now the government is effectively saying that trained, experienced general practitioners actually don’t know what they’re doing; and the DWP is using so-called “health-care professionals” (many of whom have little if any relevant qualifications or experience) to declare that ill claimants aren’t ill at all – on the basis of a short interview that does not include any medical examination.
Robbing the poor to give to the rich – literally. The British government is Robin Hood in reverse. And the most terrible thing is that ministers are actually proud of their scheme! Even the so-called “liberal” members of the coalition. I don’t know who I’m going to vote for in the next general election, as none of the major parties are fit to rule.
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