July 24th, 2012

David Gauke Worked For Tax Avoidance Firm

Exchequer Secretary David Gauke has some nerve doing the rounds on tax morality this week. Yesterday Guido brought you news of Gauke’s past avoidance of stamp duty and his wife’s job at a firm advising tax lawyers, while today the Telegraph and Mail both splash on his claim that paying tradesmen cash in hand is “morally wrong“:

“Getting a discount with your plumber by paying cash in hand is something that is a big cost to the Revenue and means others have to pay more in tax. I think it is morally wrong.”

Guido can now reveal that Gauke himself worked for a company that specialises in helping the wealthy avoid tax. According to Debretts between 1999 and 2005 – when he became an MP – Gauke was a solicitor at Macfarlanes, a top city law firm with expertise on tax efficiency. They boast on their website:

“The tax efficient structuring of employee incentive arrangements is often a key requirement for our clients to achieve their commercial objectives. We have particular expertise in the structuring of tax efficient equity based incentive plans. We are able to develop innovative solutions to the most complex tax issues when necessary.”

Tax efficient equity-based plans, eh? Like those used by investment bankers perchance? Gauke must have made a success of finding “innovative solutions” to reducing his clients’ tax bills as he appears to be held in high regard by his former colleagues:

Guido feels Gauke should look in the mirror the next time he thinks about lecturing us on the morality of taxation…


  1. 1
    Double Tap says:

    The bastard should be strung up.


    • 14
      Andrew Efiong says:

      He’s been flushed out as a total hypocrite.

      He should be on the side of people wanting lower taxes, not some prototype Labour clown who wants more of our money to spray on his pet projects and expense claims.


      • 28
        Disliker of Bankers says:

        And how many untaxed trillion (!) hidden off shore? FFS


        • 40
          Gordon Brown says:

          I have £5k in £2 coins hidden in my socks I am wearing


          • Pissy Granny says:

            My life savings are in a rolled up wad of 20’s hidden inside a rather nice biscuit barrel on the top shelf in my rather feltching kitchen. ‘Nice roofers would you like to go in the kitchen and make yourself a cup of tea, oh and help yourself to a biscuit whilst I snap off a cable.’


          • erm... says:

            1 in 10 prisoner… have served in army.
            1 in 8 army folks … experience violence towards their partner. dissociated here.

            ahh bless.
            in other news Cameron acts honourably and resigns….when heard about Andy Coulson.



          • erm... says:

            1 in 10 might be wrong …..could be 1 in 33 or in between.


      • 42
        Dave Cameron says:

        Low taxes and pro growth small government? How terribly old fashioned that is. These days we are all authoritarian nanny state, tax and spend, command and control, big government progressives and the sooner you old fashioned fuddy duddies get with it, the better.


        • 104
          Engineer says:

          Aye. Trouble is, that’s just the Tories. The other parties are even worse.

          Bugger off, Cameron, and let’s have a real Tory in charge. We might start to solve some of the problems, then.


    • 46
      Dave the Gauke says:

      Just Do as I Say and Not as I Do, little People.

      I am a Dave A lister don’t you know.


    • 90
      hercules says:

      Where did Emily No-Mates go?

      What’s she doing?
      What’s her real name?


      • 106
        Sir William Waad says:

        It’s her real name, a souvenir of an official visit to Japan by the former Michael Mates MP.


    • 96
      Anonymous says:

      I’ve got a ticket for a late night showing of Batman that I’m willing to donate.


    • 110
      Engineer says:

      If he’s not careful, the nation’s farmers will be turning up at his offices to pay in 20% of their business’ dung production.


    • 139
      Gullible Voter, pi$$ed off with it all says:

      But, but, but……………………

      We are all in it together, aren’t we?


  2. 2
    Shocked of Sheen says:

    He’s a Hypocrite.


    • 66
      Ah! Monika says:

      And What about Gavin’s interviewing him last night and not raising the issue. They must have read Guido yesterday.


  3. 3
    Nonjob says:

    When you set yourself up as a moral entrenpreneur, prepare to be shot down in flames.

    Another day, another hypocrite.


    • 118
      Tax Personality of the Year says:

      Obviously, paying taxes is not appropriate for the rich.

      This is something for poor people to do.

      This is the reason I came into politics.


  4. 4
    Boring lawyer says:

    Macfarlanes is not a company.


  5. 5
    Aaron D Highside says:

    ALL MPs’ tax returns scrutinised please.


  6. 6
    A Prick Posing as PM – the Pillock of Society! says:

    I’m speechless!


  7. 7
    Doivid Gauke MP says:

    Do not ask your plumber for a ‘cash’ price and avoid the VAT. Simply print your own invoice on bogus stationary for 3 times the amount then you can claim back from the taxpayer. #RESULT


    • 11
      Confederation of Landlords masquerading as MP's says:

      Even better do not have the job done but still print the receipt. But tell the proles to tow the line and pay their taxes (inc telly tax)


      • 36
        Durr says:

        TBH Ab. Fab. last night was worth the “telly tax” all by it’s self.


        • 52
          Dave Cameron says:

          Ab. Fab?

          What a trivial little oik you are.


        • 128
          Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

          Itself. Don’t they teach kids anything in schools these days?

          I assume you’re being sarcastic when you say Ab Fab was worth watching.


        • 136
          JH says:

          Hmmm. Ad Fab was brilliant was it.

          Someone else popped up saying how brilliant Batman was.

          Cheaper than paying to advertise I suppose, but what a depressing existence for whatever poor fucking dweeb has to make the actual posts.


  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    Hypocrite sleazy mofo.


  9. 10
    Gary says:

    How typical, don’t do as I do just shut up and hand over your wallet.

    Bailing out the banks is morally wrong. why not tax those bastards until they bleed? Why not force the MP’s to pay back ALL the cash they stole?


  10. 12

    Paying tradesmen cash in hand morally wrong


    Paying tax is morally wrong – as all governments misspend it.


    • 61
      Sir Aston Martin says:

      Indeed. It is not bankers, but politicians who have caused the financial crisis by diverting manpower away from productive work and into the public sector. They have done this either because they are brainwashed fuckwits, or because (like our masters in the Européan Commission), they are working to a more sinister agenda: which is to create the Kulturpessimismus so beloved of the Frankfurt School. For example, in Greece, now, today, Greek voters are turning, like good little sheep, to the communists.

      See here: http://www.schillerinstitute.org/fid_91-96/921_frankfurt.html

      It doesn’t have to be this way.


      • 87

        Truth is the death of intention Thanks for foisting political correctness upon us, Mr Benjamin.


        By these standards, [The Theory of the Authoritarian Personality] the judges of Socrates and Jesus were correct in condemning these two individuals (as, for example, I.F. Stone asserts in one case in his “Trial of Socrates.”) It is the measure of our own cultural collapse, that this definition of authoritarianism is acceptable to most citizens, and is freely used by political operations like the Anti-Defamation League and the Cult Awareness Network to “demonize” their political enemies.

        Excellent link.

        Izzy Stone was a forerunner to Guido. He too was hounded by false accusations of being a Russian agent…


  11. 13

    No leaks from CPS on today’s news yet?


  12. 15
    Baroness Scotland says:

    Always pay your cleaner properly even when they are illegal immigrants


  13. 17
    Gordon Brown says:

    I hope it is not to late to wish all the people awaiting the CPS announcement the very very best of luck


  14. 18
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why should tax be paid on such things as gas boiler repairs when PAYE has already been paid on your earnings. Well that’s for you and I, and not the tax avoiders.
    All of the hypocrites, such as our great media, should fuck off.


  15. 19
    Andy Murray (Freelance SPAD) says:

    New thread on Anglo Irish bank please.

    Sean Fitzpatrick has been arrested already !


  16. 20
    Call me Dave says:

    WooHoo I’ve got to the Golden Egg level on Angry Birds


  17. 21
    A Prick Posing as PM – the Pillock of Society – has news re HS2 says:

    I have a speech after all! – it is this!!

    East Anglian railways – because of expected high temperatures today – are slowing and cancelling trains to allow for delay.

    This in no way casts a shadow over British railways – or the HS2 – which naturally will be delayed by the wrong kind of Sun, Rain, Snow and Leaves – jus like any other train!



  18. 22
    Mike Read joins UKIP says:


  19. 23
    Anonymous says:

    “Tax Personality of the Year”. Isn’t that an oxymoron?


  20. 25
    Not surprised says:

    Surely an article for the “Twat Watch” tag??


  21. 30
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Poacher turned gamekeeper – or is he just a hypocritical Hunt.


  22. 38
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Resignation letter in the post is it?


  23. 41
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Add to the list of people who and the cockaltion have utterly peed off

    Window cleaners
    House cleaners
    Taxi Drivers
    Home tutors
    ..etc etc etc.

    Well Done


  24. 44
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wish Moussa Koussa all the best with his postings


  25. 45
    Ah! Monika says:

    1000/1 he organised his own tax affairs “efficiently”. Time for a leak. !


  26. 47

    It’s working well then. :-)


  27. 48
    Taxfodder says:

    The fool is under the impression that the Government has a right to a proportion of peoples cash…this is common with “never had a proper job” political drones like David Gauke.

    I will do as I please with my cash thank you, and when it comes to morals I don’t think we need any lectures from Westminster.

    The man is an utter pratt!


  28. 54
    George Gideon Oliver Osborne says:

    That reminds me,I have to settle up with my Hedge Fund.

    I always pay cash !


  29. 55
    D Gauke says:

    Hypocrites come and Hypocrites go. Goodbye.


  30. 57
    Grollace says:

    I think it is more morally grand to pay cleaners in kind.


  31. 60
    Aunty Matter says:

    Tax like comprehensive schools are for the proles. Rich lefties don’t use shit state schools or pay tax, but they like to lecture people on the benefits if high taxation and shit comps.


  32. 65
    Anonymous says:

    Tax is immoral. The government claims money with menaces.


  33. 67
    Lee Grasper says:

    All this talk about the black economy is deeply racial


  34. 68
    Old Curmudgeon says:

    People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Or pay cash for the repairs, it seems.


  35. 69
    SP4BS says:

    Something to do with the potential brain surgeons who sit at the front in taxis I imagine.


  36. 74
    Gonk says:

    All Libertarians like cash.


  37. 77
    Backwoodsman says:

    Another fucking hypocrit, who’d a thunk it ! Control spending , you useless fuckers, tax at a flat 20 % rate and watch the economy grow.


  38. 84
    Gauke is a tax funded Twat says:

    Gauke is an ex MEP and as such got paid tax free and his MEP pension comes tax free. Then when he ceases to be an MP on tax free expenses he will live on the best taxpayer funded pension in the land.

    Nuff said.


  39. 85
    Moodys says:

    Having seen the opening Olympics sequence we maintain our grading of ‘Utter Shite’ for LoonyCog


  40. 92

    Tick Tock.

    Not long now…


  41. 93
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Surely Guido he is in the right job. “Set a thief to catch a thief” comes to mind here.


  42. 95
    Sandalista says:

    Luke 15:7: “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

    I am presuming, of course, that he has now seen the “light” as far as tax is concerned.


    • 103
      Righteous Brothers says:

      Unchained Melody comes to mind


    • 114
      Engineer says:

      What’s a sandalista doing qouting the Bible? Thought your lot were all supposed to be fundamentalist atheists.


      • 133
        Sandalista says:

        I was going to amend it to “there will be more rejoicing in the HMRC over one avoider who coughs up…” but then thought “why bother?”.


      • 135
        Sandalista says:

        “Thought your lot were all supposed to be fundamentalist atheists.”

        That is quite a rigid position to adopt. It involves a degree of commitment to a particular concept.


  43. 101
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Are all people who work for the state the same? Or just politicians, judges, policemen, civil servants, local government workers, doctors and teachers?

    Another good reason for not getting rid of the monarchy. All we need is another bunch of dishonest, untrustworthy politicians and their families and entourage of cronies and hangers-on trousering expenses, salaries and pensions.


  44. 102
    Some Twat Up North says:

    Had a day off jobseeking to watch this !


  45. 105
    Nicola Clubb says:

    I commented in the tele that he had better be whiter than white, thanks Guido, what a surprise, he aint.


  46. 109
    Sir William Waad says:

    It’s one of those irregular verbs:

    I plan my financial affairs prudently

    You do some tax planning

    He is on the fiddle


  47. 111
    Some Twat Up North says:

    My wife has just pointed out that we are going to be much more hard up now.

    For the last few months she has been plying her charms to aid our economic plight. Whilst this is in itself distressing, she points out that if its considered to be morally repugnant to be paid in cash, she won’t be going out tonight…


  48. 113
    Gordon Brown, excitedly, says:

    The House will pleased to learn that I have been cast as Repugnant for the Christmas Panto at CurrrrrCudeeee Asylum for Lunatics and Moral Defectives.

    Or was that Rapunzel?


  49. 116
    Christopher Paul-Hoon says:

    There’s something about that CPS woman that gives me the heebie jeebies


  50. 117
    Engineer says:

    Can’t help feeling that it wouldn’t be a problem if Gummint didn’t insist on taking so much. If Gummint was less greedy, there would be much less need to plan one’s tax affairs.


  51. 120
    the thief of bad gags says:

    ‘tax personality of the year’ – is someone taking the P45?


  52. 121
    Keith Dovkunts says:

    ‘Gauke’ rhymes with ‘joke’ – just about sums up this fecking clown . . .


  53. 122
    Some Twat Up North says:

    Well, they just need to get there Legal Aid sorted now …



  54. 125
    Synic says:

    Dave — Sack the hypocritical cnut — you won’t of course, because you are too weak.


  55. 134
    keredybretsa says:

    Come on Guido open up the Gaukegate even wider. This geez will soon disappear up his own asshole!


  56. 137
    Penfold say's here's a tip says:

    * Regarding the case of Ayrshire Pullman Motor Services v Inland Revenue in 1929, Lord Clyde made the comment that has been tattooed on the forehead of every tax avoidance specialist ever since: “No man in the country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his legal relations to his business or property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel in his stores. The Inland Revenue is not slow, and quite rightly, to take every advantage which is open to it under the Taxing Statutes for the purposes of depleting the taxpayer’s pocket. And the taxpayer is in like manner entitled to be astute to prevent, so far as he honestly can, the depletion of his means by the Inland Revenue.”


  57. 138
    Greychatter says:

    “Getting a discount with your plumber by paying cash in hand is something that is a big cost to the Revenue and means others have to pay more in tax. I think it is morally wrong.”

    Ripping the Tax payer off with house flipping, expenses fraud, steath taxes at every turn etc etc are all morally repugnant but Politicians and those in power will continue to use whatever method they can get away with, to increase their own wealth at the expense of those who trust them with their vote.

    If our politicians were always totally honest ordinary folk wouldn’t have to resort to fiddling.

    Let’s see honesty start at the Top.


  58. 141
    The Remittance Man says:

    Since Gauke’s wife is a tax advsior and Gauke has declared such activities “immoral”, does this mean he’s living, at least partially, off immoral earnings?

    I’m tempted to think so excpet it would be an insult to pimps the world over.


  59. 142
    Nemesis says:

    These hypocrites live in another dimension to the rest of us. Gauke fails to see what his comments mean to ordinary people. He is without doubt just an ignorant wanker and should be ignored apart from spitting on him at close range.


  60. 143
    Truthteller says:

    What’s repugnant is the government spending the tax collected on illegal wars, bankers, asylum seekers, the feckless in society.


  61. 144
    Mark Wouters says:

    Is Cleggs mouth too near Camerons bottom ? it cirtainly looks like it !!
    the Tories and liberals are “Sinking and stinking” as usual ,didnt we have all this with Thatcher NEVER AGAIN


  62. 145
    Neil says:

    Of rapacious taxators I talk,
    Of Empson, and Dudley, and Gauke.
    Gauke wanted to steal
    All our fairly-earned weal.
    But he reckoned without Guido Fawke.


  63. 146
    keredybretsa says:

    This dishonourable could walk under a snakes belly wearing a top-hat and high heel shoes!


  64. 148
    Laney says:

    I think Tory MP’s should think about wearing stab vests, because there are some right irate people in this country at present.


  65. 149
    Anonymous says:

    HuntISH Hunt


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