Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs have settled a long standing grumble with off-shore tax avoidance and mobile telephone merchants Vodafone. HMRCs David Hartnett has agreed that Vodaphone will pay 15 minutes-worth of interest on their £1.25Billion underpayment of tax which had apparently fallen down the back of the sofa. Or been eaten by the dog.
'Pinocchio' Hartnett's ministry was recently subjected to a roasting by a House of Commons select committee, which quite unaccountably did not appear to believe what they said. In the eyes of many the committee had focussed inappropriately on why HMRC protocols had been ignored when Hartnett had earlier come to a postprandial handshake agreement to "forget about the interest charges chaps. Another Port? Thank you very much".
David Cameron played down suggestions that, if Vodafone had payed what they owed in good time, many of the public sector 'proles' might have no need to go on strike on 30th November. "The two things are entirely unconnected. For a start, Unison didn't ever take Dave Hartnett to The 'Ivy' for lunch. Or give me a great new Phone deal. Have you seen this Tax Evasion app.?".