An anti-tax dodger group called 38 Degrees has raised enough money from somewhere to run a UK national newspaper campaign accusing coalition government chancellor George Osborne, who’s supposed to be cracking down on tax-dodging companies, of being one himself.
In the event the ad ran in the Guardian, Independent and the Indy’s bite-sized i while the Telegraph turned it down, saying it might be libellous, while the Mail (initially at least) just upped the price. Mail-owned free paper Metro turned it down.
This particularly divide could be on political or libertarian grounds or just indicate that the Guardian and the Indy are more hard up than the others.
Whatever, it’s hard to envisage Osborne suing the Telegraph let alone all of Fleet Street.
Tax dodging will be a big issue in the UK this year as belts are tightened. UK voters have a rather ambivalent attitude to it, mostly being quite prepared to accept or pay cash but dead against slippery corporations and fat cats.
And our youthful chancellor is shaping up nicely as (most of) the nation’s favourite hate figure. The capitalist silk top hat in the ad really rather suits him.