Conflation, conflation, conflation

Cameron and his DibLem buddies are going to war on benefit fraud.


Now, I’ve no doubt this will be another bully-state clusterfuck of injustice and non-materialising savings.

But what’s the standard lefty wail when anyone mentions a crack-down on benefit fraud?

Let me give you a brief demonstration:


Tax ‘dodging’. Well, first of all, tax evasion is already illegal and even the blameless who’ve had a brush with HMRC know that no punches are pulled in recovering whatever the revenue decides you owe.

Tax avoidance. Well, obviously that’s not only legal, but ethical too. And anyone who doesn’t evaluate their options for minimising their tax exposure is, frankly, a fool.

There was an aside:


Okay, the ‘Im paying for this’ thing is a bit of an affectation of mine, but at its root is the fact that I presume to speak for no-one but myself.

As for those ‘bloody pennies’. Well, I paid about 3,000,000 of those fucking pennies to HMRC last year – evidence enough, I think, that all those ‘bloody pennies’ add up.

Moreover, Gordon Brown thought that taxing us by a few pennies here and a few pennies there would be fine, no-one would notice or care. And yet we’re grossly over-taxed and under-served. Under-served I could cope with, if I were under-taxed.

But back to the main matter:


Ah yes that’s right – let’s continue with an absurd proposition.

Murder is against the law. So is speeding.

Benefit fraud is against the law. Tax avoidance is not against the law. In fact the law provides for tax avoidance in many (albeit ever diminishing) ways.

My reply to Mr Vowl…


… caused him to block me.


Which saves the self-regarding lefty prick from acknowledging that his logic is absurd, and should have been educated out of him by the time he was 8 years old.

But if course I must be wrong, because I’m not the one being followed by 5000 sycophantic cretins.

Ho hum.


UPDATE: After some more reading, prompted by twittist @sarahluv81, it seems that the common definition of tax evasion vs avoidance:

Tax avoidance is the legal utilization of the tax regime to one’s own advantage, to reduce the amount of tax that is payable by means that are within the law. By contrast, tax evasion is the general term for efforts to not pay taxes by illegal means.

.. has been superceded – or at least refined – in English law.

The United Kingdom and jurisdictions following the UK approach (such as New Zealand) have recently adopted the evasion/avoidance terminology as used in the United States: evasion is a criminal attempt to avoid paying tax owed while avoidance is an attempt to use the law to reduce taxes owed.

There is, however, a further distinction drawn between tax avoidance and tax mitigation. Tax avoidance is a course of action designed to conflict with or defeat the evident intention of Parliament: IRC v Willoughby.[22] Tax mitigation is conduct which reduces tax liabilities without “tax avoidance” (not contrary to the intention of Parliament), for instance, by gifts to charity or investments in certain assets which qualify for tax relief. This is important for tax provisions which apply in cases of “avoidance”: they are held not to apply in cases of mitigation.

This is supported by HMRC’s heavyweight owning of the term ‘avoidance’.


In which case, Mr Vowl’s point is still moot. Avoidance & evasion are pursued with zeal.


About Al Jahom
Anti-social malcontent, misanthrope and miserable git.

4 Responses to Conflation, conflation, conflation

  1. Err, and don’t high-end tax evaders tend to provide a hell of a lot of jobs for those seeking to escape claiming benefits? Slight difference to the chav with a perpetual outstretched palm.

  2. Timdog says:

    I wouldn’t worry, I asked him why he was so proud of blocking you after ignoring the question (he was bragging to his mates about it), to which he responded
    “Oh not you as well. I don’t really have time in my working day to be needled by twats all the time.”

    For someone who NEVER (oops, capslock = block) stops tweeting, this seems an odd response. But then avoiding the question is his strong suit it seems.

  3. G says:

    uhhh… wait lets go back a minute… what was that bit about getting paid for grassing up benefit/workers or something.

    Details please, how much per person and is it linked to the amount that they have recieved?

    how can i sign up for this program? if it pay a tenner a head I don’t even need their shitty database, I can just go down the pub….. 1k for two hours work. not bad for twat :)

    Does strike me as a bit nazi though. Grass up your friend/neighbours/etc… a bit like that ‘grass up a terrorist’ advert a while back. No payment for that though, so I don’t think anybody called that hotline.

    Wheres my beer?

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