(Original post by LiveFastDieYoung)
This is on the front page of the guardian, and they have linked directly to Ian Cameron's will on their website.
They are not suggesting that David Cameron himself has been avoiding his taxes, that he HIMSELF has done anything wrong, instead they are looking at a bloke who made his money in the 80s and trawling over his will and pointing out who got what in the Cameron family.
I always get a little annoyed when people talk about "tax avoidance" and say that it is morally wrong, because it is a simple fact NO ONE pays more tax than they HAVE TO. If you feel a company isn't paying enough tax, then change the tax law, simply put.
The reason poor people don't "tax avoid" is because they do not A) have enough money to make it worth it, and B) do not have the leeway with regards their assets.
I guarantee you that a small business owner "tax avoids" in the same way as a huge corporation simply on a smaller scale. He will pay an accountant who will say "you can minimise you tax bill by putting that asset there, offsetting that loss against that and not claiming this particular benefit"
Its fairly black and white, there is no such thing as a "Moral Tax Bill" in law and if there was it would be up to the politicians to implement, to fix the BAD LAW they created. Show me one person who has on principle chosen to pay more tax than they are legally obliged to do so?
But that is a side note. What I do not like the idea of is trawling through a dead man's will, poring over his assets in a fit of jealousy to see his older NON-POLITICIAN son kept the 2.5m mansion where-ever etc. It seems distasteful to me, a vague sense of invasion of privacy.
The purpose of probate was not so everybody could nose into your business, but to ensure no heirs were defrauded because the testator was dead and could not gainsay the word of dishonest family members.
I feel there are much more cogent attacks to be made on Cameron's policies, his approach to the NHS, his lack of addressing the tax loopholes we feel are morally unacceptable, his approach to the banks etc.
Trawling through a dead mans last will and testimony is not the way of going about this in my view.