July 8th, 2014

Bigmouth Strikes Again: Classic Hodge PwC Dodge

Question-dodging Margaret Hodge chaired a panel discussion in parliament this morning on tax transparency, wasting no time in piling into the ‘Big Four’ professional services companies for failing to use “copper bottom schemes” to prevent tax avoidance. Awkward then, that sitting two seats along from Hodge the Dodge on the panel is Shadow Exchequer Secretary Shabana Mahmood, who has just hired a new technical support analyst paid for by Big Four firm PriceWaterhouse Coopers. Indeed, a grand total of three Labour Shadow Treasury ministers have just brought in PwC staffers, paid for by the company, to help them with the Finance Bill. Not to mention Ed Balls, Chuka Umunna and a host of other Shadow ministers hiring from PwC in the past. The same Pricewaterhouse, of course, that Hodge herself used to work for. She really isn’t very good at this whole tax-y moralise-y thing, is she…


  1. 1
    Sunny Jim says:

    Someone needs to doorstep Hodge the Dodge about her dodgy dealings…

  2. 2
    Hodge = Danger says:

    If she doesn’t like these “copper bottom schemes” then why did she vote for budget after budget by Gordon Brown which provided all the laws and loopholes.

    Blaming PWC for exploiting the loopholes is like blaming a dog for barking. She should be blaming herself and her colleagues for producing confusing tax laws.

  3. 3
    The BBC says:

    She’s our favourite.

  4. 4
    common sense says:

    Sorry, you thought labour would be able to hire someone who was good?

  5. 5

    Give ‘em enough rope…

    Vote UKIP :-D

  6. 6
    Diane A says:

    It’s a bit like having a gut bucket lecturing us on what to eat.

  7. 7
    nell says:

    You’d think she’d want to keep out of the public eye at the moment what with her high profile personal tax dodging being raked iover in the public domain and now with Theresa May’s announcement of an Enquiry into the cover up of child abuse by numerous authorities which include Councils like Islington of which she used to be Leader.

  8. 8
    peter sharp says:

    Trying to make sense of Labour’s cock-ups is like trying to poke butter up a porcupine’s arse with a red hot needle. Bloody hard work and no-one gains a thing except for the artful bastards who thought the scheme up in the first place.

  9. 9
    Shooty* says:

    At the moment, when everything else is turning to poo, I cheer myself up by wondering how worried Harriet and her charming husband must be about what’s going to come out about them in the coming months.

    PIE for lunch? Don’t mind if I do!

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Your emoticon is gay.

  11. 11
    Neofight says:

    Dodge this…

  12. 12

    Does this translate to English please?

    …Margaret Hodge is chaired a panel discussion…

  13. 13
    Llareggub says:

    Why SHOULD the big accountancy firms (and small ones, no doubt) be preventing tax avoidance? In the first place, it’s not illegal. In the second place, they exist to service their clients, not act as a police force.

    If tax avoidance is a problem, the government needs to sort it out, for heavens sake! It’s no good passing a law and then whining that people that people are obeying it!

  14. 14
    Bloomers in rain-soaked Bongo Bongo Land says:

    Don’t be daft.

  15. 15
    What is it with Lefty Wimin? says:

  16. 16
    Pookie Snackumberger says:

    They are blatant, and couldn’t give a fcuk.

    The filth.

    Vote UKIP.

  17. 17
    Madge Hodge says:

    Intriguing how my name rhymes with ‘Tax Dodge’.

  18. 18
    The BBC Trust says:

    Ssssh. We’re impartial (cough).

  19. 19
    Unlucky Alf says:


  20. 20
    Unlucky Alf says:

    The face has to fit.

  21. 21
    Mitch says:

    She’s stumbled into a firing squad?

  22. 22
    genghiz the kahn says:


  23. 23
    Norma Stitz says:

    Senior Home Office officials are to travel to Rome to seek advice from the Vatican on covering up child sexual abuse scandals.

  24. 24
    Fishy says:

    Au contraire – It’s a case of business as usual for Dodgy…look over there…don’t look over here.

    She’s from the same mould as the shifty Harm-men…never apologise. One day the pair of them will come crashing to the ground.

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    ffs says:

    Not chosen for their looks and it sure as shit aint for their brains.
    God knows.

  27. 27
    Ma­­qb­oul says:

    Still don’t see the issue with avoiding tax. You pay what you are legally obliged to do and not a penny more. Anybody who overpays their tax obligation is an idiot and if an officer of a company overpays tax then he is negligent.

    Morality has got fuck all to do with the calculations.

  28. 28

    Do what I say not what I do. She needs to get off her high horse.

  29. 29
    ancientpopeye says:

    She’s just your average millionaire socialist hypocrite.

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    Not good at all…..

  31. 31
    Dangerous Brian says:

    I for one can’t wait, wouldn’t it be great if this sanctimonious pair and their peer group were finally revealed , to the country as a whole, to be the scum we already know them to be?

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    Dangerous Brian says:

    Margaret Hodge is stolen tax man from.

  34. 34
    Nice to know you care says:

    Cat G like you has his faults, we have to put up with you, so I think we can put up with G’s cockups

    by the way Vote UKIP.

  35. 35
    Ma­­qb­oul says:

    …Margaret Hodge ‘s chair is transparent as a panel was removed after discussion..

  36. 36
    Maximus says:

    This is not even the start of it. Labour have a lot of history here. The most egregious and damning examples could be Ed the Megabandit’s allowing the ecoloon Worthington to colour energy policy and security so green it’s tarfu; the Great Scotch McBustard’s use of the the go-between the fragrant Shiti Vadera to “save the world” from the Wall St squids using a recipe that Standard Chartered just happened to have lying around; and then there’s PFI. And many others. These will cost the British taxpayer dear. Very dear. Dear enough to foster a love of lampposts and pianos.

    Labour = corporatist whores.

  37. 37
    Dangerous Brian says:

    Lovely lovely lovely boys, I can hardly stop myself from squirt*ng!

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

  39. 39
    Socialists = Sociopaths says:

    Hypocrisy & mendacity – it’s in Labour’s D-N-A.

  40. 40
    Michael Fabricant says:

    She’s got a face you just want to punch and punch!

  41. 41
    Duty Pędant says:

    EU Auditors ??????????????????????????????

  42. 42
    Maximus says:

    Don’t forget young Master Harman and his golden incoming parachute. Love of pea dough pie? The leftards would say it’s in the DNA.

  43. 43
    Taxpayer says:

    Tax transparency? How about Hodge and her fellow hypocrites lead the way and publish their tax returns?

  44. 44
    Hypocrisy Watch says:

  45. 45
    Cinna says:

    I hope i live long enough to see that.

  46. 46
    The Fully Tax Payer Funded Great & the Good says:

    For fcuk sake when will the filthy, stinking, smelly masses get
    the Message

    “DON’T DO AS WE DO !!”

    “DO AS WE SAY”

    is that loud enough for all you deaf stupid cnuts ??

    Now back to your enslaved crappy lives & DON’T

    be late paying ALL of your Taxes we finding ever

    increasing ways to purlion from your measly pittance

    for us to live our totally debauched LUXURY 7 Star plus

    lifestyle with NO real accountable what so ever allowed or

    will be tolerated as we have DIVINE right, handed down

    from on high to CONTROL ever aspect of your futile existance !!

    and that is the way its going to stay……..

    This message is fully supported & endorsed by the

    ConsLielaborLebDims Anti-Democracy Alliance & all

    totally dedicated to use every type of medacity &

    manipulation to guarantee that is the way it is going

    to stay for ever………

    End of !!

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    bbc talks about poiltical bias – their expertise

  48. 48
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Scroungers, Parasites, Criminals, Layabouts & other Wasters says:

    Typical of the Labour elite. The truth is only for the lower orders.

  49. 49

    A system that taxes essentials such as clothing, electricity, furniture and medicines is criminally oppressive and should be subverted whenever possible.

  50. 50
    Maximus says:

    I loathe communitarianism and all its faux abstract ‘communities’, but inferring from there being no such thing as Society to an economic solipsism (with it’s own private rule utilitarianism – lol, that’s a joke for the PPE’s reading this) is to be equally stupid, but the other way around.

  51. 51
    what a gay dave says:

    At last ive found out who the pedos are

  52. 52
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    The face that sank a thousand ships.

  53. 53
    Nice to know you care says:

    They should have a law which forces all MPs who have businesses abroad or get paid by any business to pay British taxes and all who have foreign loans from anywhere lose any British tax writeoff’s, any hypocrite’s who pretend to be indignant about other’s taxes whilst playing tax hide your own money and are on all sorts of panels shouting at others have a British tax review of all earning foreign or otherwise, their you are lawyers and accountants a starter for 640.

  54. 54
    'D' notice says:

    I’ve got some juicy goodies that I want to tell, so come and caress me.

  55. 55

    During my working life, the tax regime became ever harsher for UK individuals and ever laxer for large corporations, escpecially multinationals. They attack the easy targets every time.

    Two big lies are:

    1. Everything would be fine if we just increased tax a LEETLE LEETLE bit. This never works, because, however much income a government has, they always spend more.

    2. You and I have to pay more tax because evil tax avoiders avoid tax. When did they ever extract some tax from wealthy tax-dodger and give it back to us?

  56. 56
    táxpáyér says:

    Maybe we shouldn’t fine employers at all?

  57. 57

    If Penny Mordaunt and Michael Fabricant married, would they have a family of Mendicants?

  58. 58
    táxpáyér says:

    You’d be a fool to think that the best person to spend money is NOT the person who earned it but a bureaucrat who extorted it.

  59. 59
    táxpáyér says:

    Or we could have a smaller state, and focus on letting people insure themselves rather than subsidising and encouraging other peoples failure rewards.

  60. 60
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    Yep, a face that would surely benefit from a makeover with a piece of 4×2 :)

  61. 61
    táxpáyér says:

    It claims a portion of your time is it’s too. 52+% Slave! That’s FAR more morally disturbing.

  62. 62
    duty pedant says:

    we are (?), accountability (?), existence. Punctuation (?)

  63. 63
    what a gay dave says:

    Typing the name greville janner into google brings up the p word in the 3rd result

  64. 64

    Maragarita Hodgensis sella erat hodie in Senato.

  65. 65
    non taxable pikey says:

    “Once you realize that trickle-down economics does not work, you will see the excessive tax cuts for the rich as what they are — a simple upward redistribution of income, rather than a way to make all of us richer, as we were told.”
    ― Ha-Joon Chang, 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism

  66. 66

    If only we had had Ashton at the Battle of Midway. The Yankee imperialists would have screamed and run.

  67. 67
    Maximus says:

    Maybe so, but would you at least prefer national defense to be organized on your behalf by those you consider second-raters, or to DIY?

  68. 68
    Ah! think says:

    Looks like it’s been ‘worn’ a few times

  69. 69
    Singal Male says:

    No one ever listens to me.

  70. 70
    Someone else's line says:

    The face that launched a thousand dredgers.

  71. 71

    It got fucking changed, didn’t it?

    In the old days, I would send a quiet email and it was always corrected with a polite ‘Ta’. The real G is a gentleman. However, these don’t get noticed any more so…

    Vote UKIP :-D

  72. 72

    Brutus sick in ‘at :-)

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  74. 74
    The Growler says:

    Say Fawkesy, you seem to have a doppelgänger, that guy third from the right

  75. 75
    Carry on regardless says:

    On the contrary she is such a shameless hypocritical bitch she will carry on undetered.

  76. 76
    The Growler says:

    Why not simplify the tax system, without all the loop holes so that 90% of the population can understand it, all the loopholes created just means more work for accountants and very often they are scratching their heads trying to decipher what the heck the act means. On the other hand am I being too simplistic. They just seem to add to various tax rules which are already wobbly so eventually the whole system will collapse.

  77. 77
    Cam the Sham says:

    On the contrary I consider attaching morality to paying tax is another of my greatest achievements along with bum sex marriage, break up of the union, aborted war with Syria and getting covered in shit as a reslt of the phone hacking enquiry and forthcoming child abuse scandal.

  78. 78
    Hodge, the Islington abusers friend says:

    With a higher than average hypocracy rating, muck akin to so many others in the House of Conmongs.

  79. 79
    Diane says:


  80. 80
    Santiago, biggggg Brazilian boy says:

    Does he like black cock aas much as his dad?

  81. 81
    The two Muppets says:

    She even gives hypocrites a bad name . Labour though and through .

  82. 82
    rumpolelite says:

    The “Labour 25″ ! Worth a google.

  83. 83
    LarryGrayson says:

    Pie in the sky!

  84. 84
    BillBarroso says:

    Lady Ashtray will shortly be drawing her EU Pension. She must be over 60?
    Does she receive an NHS Pension, plus the UK Pension, plus……?
    Lovely Jubbly.

  85. 85
    Whippersnapper2 says:

    Thieving two-faced slag.

  86. 86

    Reblogged this on Reblogged Blogs and commented:
    So they scrutinise & check out firms they employ in shadow finance roles whilst the Select committee is questioning the top bods they have underlings in the Treasury! Something stinks in the square mile of The City Of London & it’s not effluent in the Thames!

  87. 87

    Some woman Karen Hudes Legal Counsel for the World Bank k is on SGT REPORT ON youtube June 30th talking about the collapse of the int’l banking cartel ( famous last words ) . She says she liaised with ” someone in the UK Govt. callled the Comptroller of the Exchequer .”

    Wonder if Giorgino knows he s been renamed . Must be the new haircut…..

  88. 88

    No change there from Kinnock s watch then ..

  89. 89
    PwC employee says:

    Prize Shithouse Coopers, as they are known in the trade.

  90. 90
    Dave the pleb says:

    Another stinking Labour hypocrite. “Do as I say, not do as I do.”

  91. 91

    I understand we Yanks are working on a refinement of our own tax policy at the IRS.
    Given the expected success of FATCA and the fact that we along with Eritrea are the only two countries which tax our citizens on their worldwide income no matter where on the planet they reside we are going further .

    Henceforth the US IRS will tax EVERYBODY IN THE WORLD on their worldwide income on pain if being droned.

    That should bring in the euro/petro dollars Barack …

  92. 92


    ” Dear Mr Taxman ,
    i don t understand tax . So if you tell me that I have not paid any for thirty odd years I will not understand what you say ”

    ( Bet you wished you had me around in your day huh ?
    —Mister Capone !)

  93. 93

    I suggest the very thought of Penny Dreadnaunt envisioning conjugal copulation with Fabricator would be enough for her to reach for the bottle of Johnny Walker Black and the Wallter PPK.

  94. 94
    Old School Accountant says:

    When I worked for one of the top accountancy firms, they were known as Pr*cks, W*nkers, C*nts.

  95. 95
    Portsmouth Dockyard Chandler says:

    I’ve got plenty, but I’d suggest hooks instead.

  96. 96
    Englich Teacher says:

    Let’s not focus on the messages and just correct splelling! That’ll help us!

  97. 97
    Political Party Funder-getting what I want before I've even been to the ballot box says:

    And could you please tell me why I’d want to give money to ANY Party unless I’d be sure for it to be ‘reciprocated’ back in some way?

  98. 98
    Nour says:

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    Nous autant que filles de Monsieur Mohammed ben Rachid ben Eid al-Hashimi (fondateur de la chaine télévisée Al Hakika), avons lꞌ honneur de prier votre majesté de bien vouloir libérer notre père, dans les plus brefs délais, qui est détenu depuis Le 19/01/2014 à la prison de Salé N° (1), sous le numéro 88 945, en attendant son extradition, qui a déjà été refusée par les autorités judiciaires Allemandes, conformément à la décision de la Cour suprême de Francfort N° (AUSL A236/102) en date du 27/7/2011, cette extradition qui a aussi été rejetée une deuxième fois par les autorités judiciaires Algériennes en conformité à la décision rendue par la Cour suprême d’Algérie N°(830 718) en date du 09/01/2012.

    Le gouvernement Marocain a également refusé l’extradition pour la troisième fois, selon la mise en œuvre de la décision rendue par le Comité des Nations unies contre la torture de l’Office des droits de l’homme N° (G / SO 2293/31MAR, en date du 25/03/2014, en vertu de l’article 114 des règles de procédure visant à refuser l’extradition, en plus du fait que le Maroc est devenu un membre actif du Comité international des droits de l’homme et contre la torture.

    Notre père est considéré comme investisseur depuis 2008, au Royaume du Maroc, ce généreux pays qui encourage et attire les hommes d’affaires de partout au monde pour contribuer au développement et à la croissance de l’économie du pays. Il est aussi pourvoyeur de plus de 1600 employés, comme il ne tarde pas à payer ses obligations financières, ainsi que ce que lui doivent les départements d’impôts et de sécurité sociale et de l’assurance.
    Le fait que notre père est le seul soutien de notre nombreuse famille (14 enfants) qui a été privée de sa présence paternelle, son affection, sa compassion et de sa paternité.
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