Why #PhilipHammond doesn’t want you to see his #taxreturn?


The SKWAWKBOX has exposed the false claims over the last day or so about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s tax return, which he published in full, as media and right-wing politicians of both major parties have sought to turn Corbyn into the story to deflect attention from the refusal of Chancellor Philip Hammond to reveal his own tax return – and the extraordinary contortions Theresa May has gone to in order to support Hammond’s attempt to avoid scrutiny.

hammond-10In spite of the Chancellor’s wriggling, some details that may give a flavour of what we’d see if his tax affairs were made public are already in the public domain – albeit probably long-forgotten by most.

In October 2010, Channel 4’s Dispatches programme dug into the tax schemes of the hugely rich, such as reviled ex-BHS owner Philip Green. It also revealed details of a particular minister in the then-coalition government: one Philip…

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