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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

"Chief Issue Dodger"

Tax row challenge for Chief Minister



THE Chief Minister’s position on Jersey’s part in a multi-million pound tax dodge was exposed as being increasingly problematic yesterday as backbenchers turned on him in the States.

Days after saying that there was no place in Jersey for ‘aggressive tax avoidance’, Senator Ian Gorst faced a barrage of questions about why he appeared unwilling to act on his words.

And in the wake of UK Chancellor George Osborne’s comment that the K2 tax avoidance scheme used by comedian Jimmy Carr and others was ‘morally repugnant’, Deputy Trevor Pitman asked why Jersey could not have a ‘moral and ethical’ approach to tax.

Senator Gorst replied that it was ‘unhelpful’ to talk about tax in those terms and insisted that he had acted by reminding the finance industry of their responsibilities under international rules.

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