Most accountants who’re making comment are to blame for the mess we’re in

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Nick Cohen wrote in the Observer today:

The banks are as great a threat to our national security as a foreign enemy. We collect intelligence on hostile powers. Why should we not collect it on the hostile City?

He’s right in his analysis: the banks, and let’s be honest about this, some other parts of the financial services industry and big business, are a massive threat to our well being. What they promote is detrimental to the well-being of the vast majority of people in this country.

And yet it’s assumed they’re the innocent party. Clear evidence of this came yesterday. As I’ve noted, I gave several interviews for the BBC on Barclays’ tax. All I am asking Barclays to do is to pay their tax in accordance with the letter and spirit of UK law – something they have signed up to do but which i doubt they have done in the past. And yet the BBC were tortured in their attempts to link me to UK Uncut, or not (as is the case – as I made clear – I have sympathy but am not a member – however that might be defined). As was explained to me that’s because they had to make clear to viewers “I have opinions, but of course most accountants who come on are just commentators”.

No they’re not! Most accountants who go on air come from the big firms – and they’re the architects of the tax abuse we are witnessing and the failure to account of which we are seeking the consequences. They’re not innocent, unbiased parties. They’re profoundly political, utterly conflicted by self interest and wholly vested in maintaining the status quo.

But because I simply ask that people comply with the law as parliament intended it my position has to be explained.

Cohen is right – these people have even captured the BBC, and it’s time we reclaimed the state for the benefit of the people of this country – because right now it is being openly abused by those who really are its enemies.