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    Why has Gary Barlow....

    ...got an OBE ?
    Is it for his services to Tax Evasion ?

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    Its for bringing great talented people through the X Factor... like frankie cocozza...... Mr walking STD.

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    I think you'll find it's for services to music AND his writing the song for Her Maj's 60th anniversary.....


    as well as tax evasion!

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    I'm certain Mattx posts these things to pander to my sadistic side.

    I'd love to offer a genuinely shocking answer to your (honestly) superb question/observation, but I'll keep schtum.

    I hate being professional.

    Wolfman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    I'm certain Mattx posts these things to pander to my sadistic side.

    I'd love to offer a genuinely shocking answer to your (honestly) superb question/observation, but I'll keep schtum.

    I hate being professional.

    Wolfman.
    I'm never professional - so copy me and let your sadistic side side loose.....go on I dare you. :-)

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    I was a bit bewildered by this, given his use of the scheme that Jimmy Carr used, though his lawyers does claim he "thought it was legit" lol

    Downing Street defends Gary Barlow honour after tax row - Telegraph

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    Technically speaking, it's not tax evasion, it's avoidance, which is completely legal. It is what IT contractors were doing before IR35 legislation was introduced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crt404 View Post
    Technically speaking, it's not tax evasion, it's avoidance, which is completely legal. It is what IT contractors were doing before IR35 legislation was introduced.
    That isn't just a technicality.

    It could just be that Mattx was trolling since he must know the difference between avoidance and evasion.

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    Course he was. That's what he does!
    You bored at work again, @mattx sweetie?

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    GASP!

    Mattx trolling? Shurely shome mishtake?

    Anyhooooo... Gary Barlow and his OBE.... :facepalm: ... You can get one for just about anything these days!


    Downing Street defends Gary Barlow honour after tax row - Telegraph
    And as for this.... It disgusts me that they defend Barlow, and yet Carr gets pilloried by all and sundry for doing exactly the same.

    (Can you tell I'm going to see Mr Carr in 2 weeks???)
    Last edited by aerospacemango; 22nd November 2012 at 02:54 PM.

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    I don't see what the fuss is about. Receiving an 'honour' lost any significance/meaning years ago. Even when it did have some significance it wasn't much. I find it a little amusing that someone would expect me to call them 'Sir Alan Sugar' or 'Lord Coe' etc. when in talking to them.

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