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Nonsense talk about Corbyn ‘hiding’ in Somerset will only make his critics look silly

Marie van der Zyl: False pretences?

How silly of Marie van der Zyl to suggest Jeremy Corbyn is “hiding” from having to discuss her overblown claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party.

In fact he is on holiday in Somerset.

What – is a man not allowed to have a holiday any more?

There’s no urgency about the anti-Semitism issue. The demand for Labour to adopt all the examples that go with the IHRA working definition of anti-Semitism – which the party has already adopted – is duff. The party’s new code of conduct is better.

And it isn’t as if the party is slacking off its prosecution of cases against those accused of anti-Semitism by Ms van der Zyl’s self-elected Board of Deputies and others of similar political disposition.

I just met the deadline for sending my defence against the ridiculous allegations against me to the Labour Party, and I understand that Jackie Walker expects her own disciplinary hearing before a panel of the party’s National Constitutional Committee to take place soon.

Readers of This Site will be aware that I have no faith at all in any claim by the Labour Party that its investigations are in the interests of justice. The directive from the party’s National Executive Committee to find my guilty, no matter whether the evidence clearly demonstrates my innocence (which it will), is ample justification for that belief.

And of course a Labour representative is on the record as having said the “antisemitism subgroup” of Labour’s National Executive Committee means “we have the potential to kick people out super fast”.

So why is Ms van der Zyl kicking up such a fuss about nothing?

Simple. She is stirring up indignation with fake accusations for political purposes. Can you imagine what those purposes may be?

Jeremy Corbyn has been told to “come out of hiding” in Somerset by an angry Jewish leader.

The President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, has said Mr Corbyn has “seemingly disappeared” since last weekend, when he released a video and comment pieces.

She has repeated a call for Labour to embrace the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of antisemitism in full.

The leader of the Labour party has been spotted in Somerset cafes and tea rooms this week, as well as reportedly enjoying strolls on the Somerset coast, taking in local tourist destinations and even trying his hand at a spot of lawn games.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn’s Somerset ‘holiday’: Labour leader told to ‘come out of hiding’ while on South West getaway – Somerset Live

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Will the submarine chancellor surface to talk about tax dodging?

Another Tory crook?

Another Tory crook?

It seems the Tories have nowhere to hide today – now Labour is piling on the pressure over tax dodging and the HSBC scandal.

Ed Miliband suggested the government had “gone into hiding” over the issue at his question and answer session in the West Midlands earlier today, and now Chris Leslie, Labour’s shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, has stepped into the fray.

“We’ve now had a week of silence from George Osborne – the submarine chancellor still hasn’t surfaced,” he said.

“It is time he and David Cameron finally started answering questions about HSBC and Lord Green… In this row over tax evasion David Cameron and George Osborne are now guilty of political evasion.”

Earlier, Mr Leslie had said: “We need a full and frank statement from Lord Green explaining what he knew about what was happening while he was in charge of HSBC.

“There are also mounting questions for ministers, which continue to go unanswered. Did David Cameron and George Osborne discuss tax evasion at HSBC with Lord Green? The Prime Minister failed to answer this four times in the House of Commons.

“Why did they appoint Lord Green as a Tory minister months after the government received these files? Why have we only had one prosecution out of 1,100 names? And why did George Osborne and the Treasury sign a deal with the Swiss in 2012 which prevents the UK from actively obtaining similar information in the future?

“It is time we finally had answers from David Cameron and George Osborne.”

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Why has Osborne let us down over offshore tax evasion, again?

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Remember back in school, when you were taught that we have laws in place to ensure justice for everybody?

Isn’t it a shame you weren’t taught the facts?

It seems every clearer that laws are written by whoever is rich enough to buy the politicians who enact them – especially in a Conservative, or Conservative-led, government.

So – for example – if you are one of the elite super-rich who, between them, have an alleged £20+ trillion stowed in offshore tax haven bank accounts, you could happily bung a few thousand – or indeed a few hundred thousand – to the Tories to stop their Chancellor from increasing the powers of HM Revenue & Customs to track them down and make them pay their fair share.

That could explain the discrepancy between what Tory Chancellor George Osborne said in April and what he’s saying now.

Back in April, he told us he was consulting on a new criminal offence carrying a possible prison sentence that will ensnare people with undeclared foreign income – even if they did not intend to evade taxes.

Osborne said: “We are changing the balance of the law so the burden of proof falls on those who are hiding their money offshore and we don’t have to prove that they intended to do so.”

“It is totally unacceptable for people not to pay the tax that is due and the message will be clear now with this new criminal offence that if you’re evading tax offshore, there is no safe haven and we will find you.”

What is he saying about it now?

Absolutely nothing.

Instead, the plan to make offshore tax evasion a criminal offence has been quietly dropped from a draft Financial Bill that was published last week.

According to Citywire, Ray McCann, partner at Pinsent Masons, told the Financial Times: “I think that the proposal is now likely to quietly disappear. There is no substance to it [italics mine].”

Perhaps we should be checking for more substantial donations to the Conservative Party, between April and today’s date, instead.

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