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Making tax digital diabolical

Making tax diabolical

Fans of horror movies might care to view this innocent looking trailer from HMRC for something called ‘Making Tax Digital’ (MTD for short), which promises to make tax simpler and free us all from the annual stress of getting our tax returns completed and filed by 31 January. The government have said that freeing businesses …

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Sex Workers’ Opera

I’m supporting the Sex Workers’ Opera, and I think you should too. But before I explain why let me say a bit about a completely different opera. Because while I’m not really qualified to write about sex work I do know a little bit about opera. Today the most widely performed mainstream opera is Verdi’s …

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Does sex work really contribute £5.3bn to UK GDP?

That's the figure the Office of National Statistics (ONS) came up with when asked by the EU to estimate how much prostitution contributes to the UK's GDP. A more intellectually honest statistician's answer might have been "Sorry guys, but we haven't a clue." Fair play to them for having a go, but if you look at the detail behind the ONS numbers it is clear they are based on some fundamental misunderstandings of how prostitution in the UK actually works, and some very iffy assumptions.

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St Patrick – from victim of trafficking to founder of the rescue industry

As it’s St Patrick’s Day on Monday I thought a few thoughts on trafficking, sex work, nuns and the rescue industry, might be in order. Interesting guy St Patrick. We don’t know a lot about him – where or when he was born, whether or how he banished snakes from Ireland – but he did write …

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The website Rhoda Grant MSP doesn’t want you to know about

Most accountants (other than Colonel “Mad Mike” Hoare, the mercenary and Chartered Accountant, who was eventually struck off after his conviction for leading an unsuccessful coup against the government of the Seychelles) are far more likely to be thought dull than dangerous. So it was a surprise to find that at least one member of the Scottish Parliament wants …

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Need help to get your Tax Return done?

  To anybody who finds themselves continually putting off doing their tax return, can I recommend you set aside just half an hour and waste invest it in watching the very first episode of Black Books in which foul-tempered bookshop owner Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) struggles to complete his tax return after his dodgy accountant goes on …

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