Guernsey press on Brown: playground bully
"Senator Le Sueur did not seem fazed by the letter. He described it as ‘fairly non-committal’
By contrast the response from Guernsey, in a local editorial, recognises clearly that the letters appear - though we will be watching closely for signs of slippage - to mean business. The response has been to engage in name-calling, a common tactic of those who have lost the argument.
"What makes this playground bully ‘watch it, or else…’ approach worse is Mr Brown’s further threat that ‘it is vital to the interests of the Crown Dependencies’ that they meet any new international standards on tax avoidance.
By switching emphasis from illegal evasion to perfectly legal avoidance, Mr Brown seeks further to make these islands’ position untenable by introducing another unquantifiable ‘acceptability’ test."
Britain's government has taken on the agenda TJN has been running with for some time - and has appeared to embrace it. Avoidance, and facilitating avoidance, is harmful and wrong.