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Oct 3, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read Read on X
I see Nick Cohen is again complaining in one of his newspaper columns about the cancellation of transphobes.
Barely a day passes in which one national newspaper or another does not carry a piece decrying how trans people have rendered voiceless the writer or their friends.
Meanwhile, when @GoodLawProject brings litigation asserting that trans people too are entitled to benefit from the foundational NHS promise of universal healthcare there is literally not one national newspaper we trust to carry the story fairly.
Meanwhile, I'd be very happy to hear from women who have worked with Nick whether he is the champion they would choose for women's rights in the workplace. Happy to keep your name confidential, if you prefer.

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Apr 11
So dense he creates his own gravitational field, is Dan Hodges. Let me explain why in words so simple even he can understand them. 🧵
First, I am not a Government MP. This matters because the Government has also sorts of powers to bully and coerce that normal citizens do not. That's why its conduct is subject to special safeguards and scrutiny - not that Hodges' bottom rag would know anything about that. Image
My second point illustrates the first. I did go to Court because the Met initially refused to investigate Partygate. It's a form of scrutiny that public bodies, like the Met, are rightly subject to, because of their enormous power.
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Apr 9
A few points on the so-called tax gap, the difference between the tax HMRC actually collects and its estimate of the total tax due. 🧵
First, it does not even purport to calculate sums lost through what tax wonks call Base Erosion and Profit Shifting - broadly speaking, tax dodging by multinationals. Image
Second, as @RichardJMurphy has pointed out, there is a pretty big curiosity in that our economy is worth ~£2,300 bn; most estimates give the size of the shadow economy as ~10%+; but the tax gap for the shadow economy is washers. (Only some of that VAT gap is 'shadow'.)
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Apr 5
Eighteen months ago, with a group of MPs, we wrote to the @ChtyCommission about the so-called 'Global Warming Policy Foundation', a pro global heating organisation you are forced to match fund with tax subsidies because it is treated as a charity. 🧵…
GWPF has been described by the London School of Economics as "the UK’s main club for climate change deniers" which accused it of "peddling false claims."…
The idea its sinister activities are charitable, for the public good, so that we must subsidise them through our taxes is absurd. In our letter to @ChtyCommission we pointed out that every one of its outputs including celebrating burning fossil fuels was pro global heating.

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Mar 29
If you want to know how power works in the UK contrast the press interest in (1) the £1,500 of capital gains tax Angela Rayner is said to have evaded with (2) the tens of millions Lord Ashcroft denies having evaded. 🧵
Lord Ashcroft set up the Bermuda based Punta Gordon trust. A financial statement in the leaked Paradise Papers reported it as holding assets of $450m. But the Paradise papers didn't just reveal the value of the trust.
They also revealed that Appleby, a firm of solicitors that was acting as trustee of the trust, complained vigorously about the fact that Lord Ashcroft dealt with some of the assets in the trust and then invited the trustees to rubber stamp his dealings.
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Mar 26
The Charity Commission has, with extraordinary haste, dismissed our complaint about the Institute for Economic Affairs. It said: "the Commission... will rarely intervene when allegations of political bias are made, from whatever angle" - a troubling gloss on Charity law which we are considering with our lawyers.
Imo, the Charity Commission cannot properly be understood as a regulator. Its purposes include the channelling of public money to organisations friendly to the Tory party. And the regulatory harassment of those whose activities are inconvenient to the Tory Party.
It is, in other words, exactly what Oliver Dowden said he wants the Charity Commission to be.…
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Mar 21
Found myself debating @benhabib6 on BBC on whether Reform is Far Right. He didn't repeat @TiceRichard's threat to sue those who said so. But he did intimate I might hear from Farage's lawyers for saying I thought he was anti-semitic (cited by me as a reason Reform is Far Right).
The other reasons I gave: Reform's desire that the UK join Russia and Greece after a military coup in becoming only the third country ever to find intolerable the international human rights norms in the Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
The support by Reform UK candidates for the crankish, conspiracy theorists' Great Reset.…
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