I noted, belatedly, that Polly Toynbee, writing in the Guardian yesterday about the composition of the HMRC board, said:
Why isn't Murphy on that board?
There is a simple explanation for that. Such an appointment would, of course, be argued to be political when, however, the appointment of the former senior partner of KPMG and others from the tax profession and business community is not, of course.
That's how the neoliberal capture of the state is justified, even if it requires a straightforward lie to be told to do so.