We should have got used to it by now. HMRC fix a crooked deal with Goldman Sachs, and one of their lawyers realises what’s going on. He writes in confidence to two parliamentary committees to let them know what’s happening. HMRC are worried. They think the lawyer might have been talking to The Guardian. so they investigate his phone records, Using what? You’re guessed it. Anti-terrorist legislation. He is not a terrorist. Nobody thinks he is. But he is embarrassing a powerful government department, so they’ll use any means available to investigate.
The new chief executive of HMRC admitted that mistakes had been made. But she didn’t say what those mistakes were, and she didn’t give an assurance that she wouldn’t abuse anti-terrorist legislation in the future. why not? She has a duty of care to Parliament and other individuals…and a power base to protect.