Tax, it is all your fault.
Financial Secretary Stephen Timms denounced tax avoidance as "morally wrong" and said the PBR would contain measures to "tilt the game back towards honest, hard-working taxpayers".
Mr Timms told a conference of international tax experts at the Treasury in London that the global economic downturn had created a "different world" in which tax cheats would be pursued more vigorously than ever before."
A minority of companies – including large and small businesses – behaved as if they were playing a "game" with the tax authorities, in which their role was to find ways round government efforts to improve the efficiency and equity of the tax system, said the minister.
But the impact of their efforts to get round measures like the new 50p income tax rate was to increase the complexity of the tax system and harm the wider interests of British business.
Where's the morality is mulcting money from " honest, hard-working taxpayers" and pissing it away. Where's the morality of companies ignorint their duties to their shareholders, including " honest, hard-working taxpayers" and paying more tax than they legally have to, and where's the morality in blaming the bloated and byzantine tax system on the sufferers rather than the instigators?