Some right-wing Labour, media and Tory characters are still trying to make an issue of Jeremy Corbyn’s tax return, in a desperate attempt to deflect attention from the matter of Philip Hammond’s flat refusal to publish his own tax return – and the bizarre manoeuvring of Theresa May to support Hammond’s attempts to hide tax affairs he appears desperate not to reveal.
The last remnants of their ‘premature attackulation’ regarding Corbyn’s return concerns a supposed discrepancy between the amount stated on Corbyn’s tax paperwork for his LOTO (leader of the opposition) supplement of £27,192.22 and the House of Commons record of £30,587 – a difference of £3,394.78.
A huge drop from the £40,000 being trumpeted by the smear-promoters.
Now even that vestigial amount has been firmly ‘put to bed’ by Corbyn’s team, who have clarified that it is the amount of his Parliamentary pension contribution, which is taken off at source as part of PAYE (pay as you earn) and does not form part of his taxable income.
So, we’re now at a discrepancy of… zero – as was always clear, in reality.
So, this blog and I’m sure many others will be waiting for the retractions and apologies that will surely follow from Politics Home, The Sun, blairites and others.
But we won’t hold our breath.
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