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Summer Pantomine

Keith M Gordon ukTAXhelp Limited feels that the summer Finance Bill show bears some resemblance to the traditional winter pantomime
As John Whiting comments in The Tax Journal (9 June 2003 Issue 696) the Finance Bill passes through Parliament without a great deal of scrutiny. Seeing it in person reveals the annual ritual for the summertime pantomime it is.
Setting the scene
The Standing Committee which notionally discusses the bulk of the Bill meets in a room which is designed to resemble a miniature House of Commons. There are long rows of desks where the Government representatives sit on one side; the representatives from the opposition parties sit on the other. At...

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