UN versus OECD: Not a football match
Shame really. A football match would be much more fun than endless discussions about how to make the OECD's transfer pricing guidelines fit for purpose, but the reason for the public proclamations lies with recent criticisms coming from TJN and others about the extent to which OECD countries are trying to impose their (largely ineffective) standards on the rest of the world. And their numerically dominant position on the UN Tax Committee does little to allay our fears.
Anyway, while the OECD and UN deliberate on their ideal team - presumably with OECD players dominating the UN front line and mid-field, and omnipresent Jeffrey Owens placed as striker on both sides - (P.S. TJN will happily provide the referee and linesmen), click the link below to watch one of the most intriguing matches of all time.
STOP PRESS Since writing this blog, a colleague in the US sent the following:
Uh, let me see if I got this right. These guys fly all the way to Sweden at taxpayer expense to a biz-sponsored conference with no NGOs present. The retiring OECD tax boss, who has never been known for dodging headlines, denounces unnamed NGOs not present at this obscure conference for headline seeking, and warns that they are somehow threatening the UN-OECD relationship. He is supported by some City tax-busting QC, a football expert. The UN representative, whose own TP subcommittee is dominated by OECD countries, and also knows from football, agrees that it is not a football match. History having been made, they all fly home.
Actually, gents, it IS a football match. OECD:"own goal," first period.
And now for something completely different:
[PPS Thanks to the person who called me last night to point out that Karl Marx was right about the goal being offside!!!]