Former tax-inspector Richard Brooks is a columnist for Private Eye and the Guardian, and with David Craig was co-author of the bestselling Plundering the Public Sector. In 2008 he was awarded the Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism, presented by Ian Hislop.
‘Excellent… Brooks is particularly good at showing why we should be angered by all of this… Let’s hope this fine book helps redress the balance’
– Independent on Sunday
'Fascinating… not only does [Brooks] have a near-encyclopaedic knowledge, he also has an ear for resonant detail.'
– Financial Times
'Important... Brooks demonstrates that financial amorality is endemic among Britain’s elite'
– The Times
'This year’s indispensable book.'
– Nick Cohen, Observer
'A "must read": Richard Brooks exposes the financial immorality of the rich as never before'
– Professors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett, authors of bestseller The Spirit Level
'A call to arms and a tour de force. It is about time someone explained to all of us what is required if we don't want our country, our cities, and our schools to enter a cycle of decline where paying tax is just for the little people.'
– Danny Dorling - Author of Injustice and So You Think You Know About Britain?
'Richard Brooks is a digger and a troublemaker who niggles away at difficult subjects in a meticulous, punchy and highly effective way.'
– Alan Rusbridger - Editor, The Guardian
'Richard Brooks exposes the very British scandal in which WE are inflicted with austerity whilst corporations and wealthy individuals are permitted to cart their tax obligations to havens over which the UK government has far more influence than it pretends.'
– Jon Snow - Channel Four News
'At a time when tax avoidance is riding very high on the political agenda, this book explains in easy-to-understand language how the complexities of artificial tax avoidance have corrupted fair taxation in Britain, and the forces behind it – not only the super-rich and multi-nationals, but government itself as their agent. Written by a former tax inspector who has turned his inside knowledge on the Treasury and politician gamekeepers-turned-poachers, it is detailed and comprehensive – and shocking – whilst also being an enjoyable and wicked read, spiced with scurrilous examples of breath-taking cheating and greed.'
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