Quote — Denis Healey on Tax Evasion

Denis-Healey

The dif­fer­ence between tax avoid­ance and tax eva­sion is the thick­ness of a prison wall”

- Denis Healey (for­mer UK Chan­cel­lor of the Exche­quer 1974 — 1979)

Tax avoid­ance is sim­ply clever finan­cial plan­ning, while tax eva­sion is ille­gal. Of course, gov­ern­ments would say that would­n’t they?

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Mark Carney Announced as next Governor of the Bank of England

A shock and sur­prise announce­ment from George Osbourne today as he announced the Cana­di­an Mark Car­ney as the next Gov­er­nor of the Bank of Eng­land. Do not doubt that this is one of the top jobs in the UK.

Mr. Mark Car­ney will be next Gov­er­nor of the Bank of Eng­land

George Osbourne defend­ed his deci­sion by stat­ing that Mr. Car­ney was:

The out­stand­ing Cen­tral Banker of his gen­er­a­tion.”

He also said that he was the best man for the job in the whole world bar none. I think it speaks more for how unsuit­able the home grown UK tal­ent was than any­thing else.

This is the first time since the cre­ation of the Bank of Eng­land back in 1694 that it has been gov­erned by a non British sub­ject, in this case a Cana­di­an. But Mr. comes high­ly qual­i­fied for the job.

He has man­aged arguably the best econ­o­my in the world Cana­da which has not had one bank bailout. In fact he has come through with his rep­u­ta­tion enhanced. He under­stands Cap­i­tal Mar­kets. He worked for Gold­man Sachs for 13 years (pos­si­bly not such a good thing! Could this be a case of Gold­man get­ting “their man” into the BoE, and a “print­er” into the sys­tem?). He speaks flu­ent French, went to Oxford Uni­ver­si­ty, already lived in the UK for a decade, his wife and chil­dren are British sub­jects, and he will apply for British cit­i­zen­ship.

Mr. Car­ney is also the cur­rent chair­man of the board of the Finan­cial Sta­bil­i­ty Board (FSB) which in itself is a con­sid­er­able achieve­ment and vote of con­fi­dence as this orga­ni­za­tion includes all G20 nations

This is a slap in the face for Mr. Paul Tuck­er who was tout­ed as the next Gov­er­nor . Too bad, LIBOR scan­dal for sure screwed that one up, and his deal­ings with Mr Bob Dia­mond.

In anoth­er depar­ture from the norm he will only serve a 5 year term instead of the more usu­al 8 year, and Char­lie Bean will stay on serv­ing his cur­rent term.

Big Ques­tion: How will this effect the UK mon­ey print­ing prac­tices and will we see more Quan­ti­ta­tive Eas­ing with Mr. Car­ney at the helm?

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