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Former Tory chairman says Sunak should suspend Zahawi – but why not ‘drain the swamp’?

Jake Berry: his BBCQT appearance needs to be seen to be believed.

The BBC’s flagship Question Time programme featured an extraordinary display of backstabbing by a Tory MP against his Cabinet replacement.

Former Tory chairman Jake Berry, asked whether his successor Nadhim Zahawi should stay in post after revelations about his tax affairs, started out with a classic ‘resume statement’, praising his party colleague – but then veered off-topic sharply, saying a mechanism should be in place for Zahawi to step back from government while he was being investigated, and be reinstated if vindicated.

It’s not a bad idea but it has been around for some time – it’s called suspension. He would not lose his job as an MP, and could come back later.

Berry then manufactured an argument with Tracy (“Drain the swamp!”) Brabin over the role of independent ethics advisor Sir Laurie Magnus.

Probably the best comment from an audience member came from a GP who said there had been so many similar scandals in the Tory government that it seemed impossible to trust anybody in the party at all.

The debate ranged across all the information that has come out so far and I have tried to ensure that these are all included in the clip, so we can all refer back to it.

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Carol Vorderman and Alison Hammond have won politics this week. Here’s how

There’s no news in the following clip, but the commentary by Carol Vorderman and Alison Hammond, from ITV’s This Morning, is priceless.

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Rishi Sunak asks ethics advisor to investigate Nadhim Zahawi’s tax affairs

Here’s the current situation: Rishi Sunak has asked his (so-called) independent ethics advisor to “fully investigate” whether Nadhim Zahawi complied with the Ministerial Code in failing to make correct tax payments at the appropriate time.

This will be a big test for Sir Laurie Magnus. Smart thinkers say the purpose of an ethics advisor is to whitewash dodgy behaviour by ministers; if that doesn’t happen, if the decision goes against those in power, then the ethics advisor doesn’t last long in the post. We’ve seen that in recent years.

This is the story so far:

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Nadhim Zahawi’s tax ‘error’ could topple Rishi Sunak’s Tory government

Most people cannot avoid paying tax; it is taken from them automatically, or they face the threat of hefty penalties if they fail to file their tax return properly.

So when they see government officials getting away with apparent tax evasion with only a metaphorical slap on the wrist, they get very angry indeed.

Members of Rishi Sunak’s Tory government have closed ranks around Nadhim Zahawi, claiming that his tax affairs are perfectly in order – even though we know they haven’t been in the recent past.

And ‘Seatbelt’ Sunak himself hasn’t covered himself in glory lately either.

Will the Zahawi affair sink the government? Consider – and enjoy Maximilien Robespierre’s pronunciation of Zahawi’s surname:

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Nadhim Zahawi and tax: watch this clip and ask yourself if you believe him

In an interview last year, Nadhim Zahawi said his offshore investment fund, Balshore, was for the benefit of family members who didn’t live in the UK.

But that raises a question about why he has now “agreed” to pay £3 million to HM Revenue and Customs.

The comment on so-called “SLAPP” lawsuits is very interesting to This Writer, because I’m the victim of what’s considered to be a rather famous SLAPP suit myself. Sadly, that one is going all the way.

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Nadhim Zahawi and tax: remember this

Nadhim Zahawi: waving the flag and (allegedly) fiddling the figures?

If you’re not familiar with the story, here it is.

This comment is well worth adding, though:

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Former Tory Chancellor ‘underpaid’ millions in tax. Isn’t that a crime?

It looks like tax evasion to This Writer – and that would indeed be a crime.

Have a look at the video clip by A Different Bias, to get familiar with the story:

Phil Moorhouse gives some interesting information, but I think he’s mistaken on a couple of points.

Firstly, tax avoidance isn’t a crime; it’s the legal rearranging of a person’s financial affairs in order to pay as little tax as possible.

In this case, former Chancellor and stable-heater Nadhim Zahawi appears to have used Gibraltar-registered family trust Balshore Investments to hold shares in the polling firm YouGov.

That would be perfectly acceptable legally – it’s tax avoidance. I should make clear that Zahawi himself has claimed that he does not have, and never has had, an interest in Balshore Investments and he is not a beneficiary.

The stake in YouGov, worth more than £20 million, was sold by 2018, with the proceeds transferred to an unknown recipient.

Think tank Tax Policy Associates has estimated that this should have incurred capital gains tax of about £3.7 million.

It seems Zahawi had not paid it. That would be tax evasion, which is a crime – if, indeed, he had had an interest in Balshore Investments and had been a beneficiary.

But now it seems he has agreed to pay the money to HM Revenue and Customs. Why would he do that if he didn’t owe it?

The maximum penalty for tax evasion in the UK is seven years in prison or an unlimited fine.

Zahawi has not been fined. For that to happen, a court trial would have to have taken place. He has merely (we’re told) agreed to pay the money.

And this, as Phil said in the clip, is odd. If anybody in the general population had committed a benefit-related crime, they would have faced severe penalties.

So, if he did commit tax evasion, one would have to wonder how this former Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer has managed to get away with it.

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