26th October 2018
Just before promoting the merchandise for the ‘Lost Cowboys’ Hank Wangford always expresses the wish that ‘you patronise us in the same way that we continue to patronise you’.
Nobody does fake kindness and effortless superiority better than Theresa Middleton, HMRC head of Making Tax Digital.
We recommend that you seek out Parliament live.tv and watch Ms Middleton and Ruth Stanier (Director General for Customer Strategy and Tax Design (yes really)) as they meet the House of Lords subcommittee.
It is a sad reflection on the blinkered thinking at HMRC when it falls to members of the House of Lords to appear as the ones who are really in touch with the world as we experience it.
Many things will remain with us from those 2 hours on Monday evening but we will give you just two.
When HMRC were accused of being financially illiterate neither of the ladies could find it in themselves to disagree.
And please remember that when the added burden of MTD indicates a feeling of resentment it is really nothing more than an ‘opportunity cost’.
Not that theres anything wrong in being patronised you understand.
Power to the People
The power of the individual employee over the employer is perhaps best demonstrated by social media statistics. Ronaldo has 143 million followers on Instragram. His employer, Juventus has 17 million. In Manchester Paul Pogba has 29 million followers, 5 million more than his club Manchester United. One single image of his new hairstyle attracted 1.5 million likes.
Problems follow when a trusted employee goes rogue.
Andrew Skelton was a senior auditor at Morrisons. As a side line he sold legal highs and used the Morrison mail room to distribute the goods. His reply to the disciplinary action he faced was to publish the names, addresses, NI numbers and salary details of almost 100,000 colleagues.
Three years ago he was jailed for 8 years and last December the High Court ruled that Morrisons were legally responsible for the data breach.
5518 staff are filing claims against the supermarket on the basis that they are ‘vicariously liable’ for Mr Skeltons actions. It has not been proved that any of them have suffered any financial loss.
The judgement has been described as a ‘wake up call for business’ but we are not sure that any employer will get any sleep if they are to be made to pay for the deliberate actions of their trusted yet malicious and devious employees.
We wish Morrisons well on their appeal to the Supreme Court.
Diana 1-7-61 to 31-8-97
31st August 2018
“Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other and in the process care for ourselves”
30th August 2018
‘A wise man once said nothin’ at all’ ( Rapper Drake)
Blame it on the Boogie
29th August 2018
Michael Jackson would have celebrated his 60th birthday today.
28th August 2018
There are over 24m more vehicles on Britains roads in 2018 then there were 5 years ago.
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