Oh boy. I knew it was bad, but I had no idea it was this bad. Richard Brooks’ The Great Tax Robbery is a wonderful book, patient, clear and angry. He makes forbidding, complicated stuff understandable, while at the same time spelling out how much it costs us all. Government grovelling to business, deliberate weakening of the tax-collecting business, unfairness between fat cats and little minnows, stifling impact on developing countries – and, oh yes, the millions of pounds we might have spent on something else. To the barricades.