Jersey vested interests: nothing to clap about
This suggestion doesn't please Her Majesty's loyal tax avoiders one little bit. So it comes as no surprise that representatives of the tax avoidance industry in Jersey are huffing and puffing about their ancient rights and privileges, which, by the way, they have been abusing for the greater part of the past millennium.
Unfortunately for Gregory White, however, the tone of his letter reminds us of one of our favourite scenes from the British comedy series Blackadder, when Baldrick - the faithful retainer - is threatened with ejection onto the streets:
Baldrick: "But my Lord, the Blackadders have been in your family for centuries"
Blackadder: "Yes Baldrick, and so has syphilis."
Britain's non-dom rules are anachronistic and should be consigned to history. The concept of citizenship offers a practical and equitable alternative to the residence test. And the ancient rights and privileges of the Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories should not stand in the way of progress in this respect.
The current system fails to protect public interest and fresh thinking is required. Voices like those of Gregory White and his fellow travellers are a reminder of how deeply rooted the special interest lobby has become.