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Quid est veritas

 
Andrew Flint takes a sideways look at the tax world
 
I can't begin to think why but listening to Gordon Brown's final Budget speech set me pondering Pilate's ancient poser: What is Truth?
 
Science has long been familiar with the concept that what appears to be true is relative to a putative observer's position in time and space. Einstein and all that. Nonetheless it is possible to identify objective laws of sufficient predictive accuracy that we may take them as a description of reality.1
 
The same uncomfortable relativity has been present even longer in moral philosophy and is probably the sort of thing Pilate had in mind. A modern trope on the same theme might be to say that whether someone is a freedom fighter or a...
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