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PUBLISHED: 08:00 11 November 2017

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We must change our attitude to paying tax.

In 2015 we had the Panama papers, which sounded like a roll-your-own cigar but was actually details of those who moved money offshore to minimise tax payments.

Now we have the Paradise papers.

It’s easy to think, “If you could get away with not paying tax you would.” But if everyone had that attitude the country would be very different.

If you’re a pensioner you live off the tax people pay, if you have ever required in-work or disability benefits, that tax is where it’s from.

Avoiding tax is legal but if you found a loophole that let you get away with murder would you do it? The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion is the law, the intention is the same.

The Queen was mentioned in the Paradise papers and maybe her £10million kept offshore is a safety net in case of revolution.

Mrs Brown’s Boys was also caught up in the latest scandal. Who would have thought Mrs Brown and the Queen would have anything in common?

One is the matriarch of a strange family who gets a Christmas special on the BBC and the other is Mrs Brown.

There is a difference between what we do and what the super rich do. If you claim your mileage on your tax return, like I do on my car, you paid that money when you travelled.

If you move millions of pounds away from the UK so you don’t pay tax here but still live and benefit from the UK that’s a world apart.

Maybe we should have an attitude where paying tax, paying for the streets you walk on, the fact you don’t have to fight off criminals and foreign armies all on your own is a good thing.

Now, seeing as I mentioned my car in this, it’s tax deductible, right?

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