I wrote to David Gauke MP, he’s my local politico and is supposed to represent his constituents. I wanted to know if he shared my fears about HMRC’s Real Time Information (RTI) initiative. I won’t go into details in this post, I’ve written about it before here and why I am concerned about it here.
David responded to my letter saying he had written to Mr Important at HMRC and will write back to me when he has heard back. I got the next letter saying; “please find enclosed the response I got from Mr Important”. The letter explained exactly what RTI was and why they thought it was a good idea. I had explained to Mr Gauke that I knew a lot about RTI, I even took the time to explain to him the basics of the scheme. I then asked him if he shared my fears that RTI was simply a disguised move towards the much more ominous Centralised Deductions, a point at which we basically all become employees of HMRC who get hold of our hard earned cash before we do.
He didn’t answer that very clear question. I expect he thinks it’s a good idea that we all move towards a kind of communist slavery of the kind you see in dystopian films like Children of Men.
What a tit.