Why not just abolish the domicile rule?

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I am as amazed as almost every other commentators at Gordon Brown's loss of a deft touch as prime minister. Take this as the next example. The FT has reported that:

An elite of wealthy foreigners living in Britain faces paying billions of pounds in capital gains tax on UK-based assets, under far-reaching legislation being drawn up by the Treasury.

Why? Because the Treasury is now seeking to crack down on offshore trusts that allow "non-domiciled" residents to escape tax on their UK investments. The result will be that even those non-doms paying £30,000 a year to keep in the remittance based tax system will see a significant rise in their tax bills, because they will not be able to use trusts to claim that much of their UK income and gains fall outside their own tax charge.

As the FT reports there's panic in the corridors of the wealth management industry:

The move has sent shockwaves through the wealth management industry, which says the measures could undermine the London art market, drive much of the private equity industry abroad and trigger the sale of property and UK shares worth billions of pounds.

All of this is, of course, untrue. There's no evidence that anything like this will happen. But that's not the point.

Wouldn't it have been so much more honest to have just said "be done with it - the domicile rule is abolished"? That way Brown and Darling would have had the upper hand on the Tories and mass support fro their move. This way they're winning with nobody.

Fudging never pays when you're dealing with fiddlers. I thought Brown should have learned that by now. He obviously has not.