Letters to the Times

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I could not help but note two letters in The Times yesterday. The first said:

Sir, It is surprising that you criticise those using the Revenue & Customs' confidential hotline to assist in reining in tax evaders (leading article, July 7). This country is so riddled with fraudsters, tax dodgers, cheats, liars and chancers that extraordinary measures are certainly required.

All tax evaders are increasing the burden for the law-abiding taxpayers. We need some justice and the silent majority should have some clout. It's no wonder that the Revenue and the DWP have set up these means whereby the ordinary citizen can help to police the financial irregularities of those whose only interest is themselves.

It is a misguided loyalty to colleagues or acquaintances that allows the tax dodger to flourish and skim off the profits with impunity.

THE REV JOSEPH WALSH, Glasgow

The second in somewhat different vein said:

Sir, Taxation is theft by another name, and encouraging people to inform on others who rightfully withhold the rewards of their hard work is nothing short of evil.

MADELAINE JAMESON, Berlin

Both state their case with passion. Only one is right. And I suspect that the Reverend gentleman is on this occasion better qualified to spot evil.