Today’s Volkskrant carries an interview with British ‘tax convert’ John Christensen who is in The Hague this afternoon to launch the Dutch arm of the Tax Justice Network.

After a career with the British finance ministry and a trust office in Jersey, the British economist defected to the other side, as it were, and in 2002 he set up a network of academics and activists to fight for a fairer tax system.
The aim, he tells the paper, is to offer an alternative to the bankers, lawyers and tax advisors’ lobby.
The Dutch tax system encourages corruption, says Christensen: ‘Rich individuals and firms can reduce their tax in all sorts of ways… The result is that the ordinary man has to pay too much tax. When I worked in Jersey the moral was that only stupid people pay tax.’

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