Appears in The Times here.
Sir, Words are very powerful things and their misuse can have profoundly damaging effects on society. It is often said that the tax-avoidance by wealthy individuals and entertainers is “legal” (report, June 19). Describing it as such fails to capture the immoral nature of the behaviour.
An individual who seeks to reduce their tax liability from, say 50 per cent, to 1 per cent, is engaged in an activity which, were it replicated by everyone, would cause the disintegration of civilised society. “Legal” tax-avoiders are not merely getting one over on the authorities, they are insulting and defrauding their fellow citizens, whose PAYE contributions must surely make up any shortfall necessary to maintain the services upon which we all rely.