House of Commons,

Tuesday, 17 January 2023

Dear Nadhim Zahawi,

it should come as no surprise to you, in your political position and with the implied power your name and wealth brings, that there is no mention of any form of wrongdoing by yourself on the main BBC web site. The first entries covered when doing a simple search on “tax evasion” are all foreign – a former English football player, a Spanish singer, an Irish terrorist – and the first mention on the subject covers a certain former Prime Minister, of bad repute, pledging a clamp down on tax evaders. He did not, of course, include anyone within the hallowed ranks of the Conservative and Unionist Party, otherwise it is clear he would have had his hands full.

The other interesting thing about even the simplest research on tax evasion, is that all those whom are caught tend to be prosecuted which, as I am sure you would agree as an otherwise law-abiding member of the elite, is a Good Thing. I dare say, back in the day, you’d have been more aware of the penalties of breaking the law, where a person could have the skin of the naked back removed by the application, a few hundred times, of a whip, or their hand removed by the local executioner, as an alternative to their head being removed just above the shoulders. Such is the way of the law in your own land, in Iraq. Perhaps, though, they would be slightly more lenient to someone who takes such good care of their horses, naturally at the expense of others.

For the rest of us, the ordinary people on the street – many quite literally living on the streets thanks to your government’s policies, thanks to your policies – tax evasion is a crime. A tax evader is a criminal. A tax evader who steals from the hand that feeds him, in the land that adopted him – while also being careful to cut off this same level of hospitality for others – is, however, far more than just a criminal. That person is the lowest reprobate one can imagine; a thief; a swindler; a liar. And, as we will undoubtedly see over the coming weeks, a person without any form of honour. A man of honour would have resigned. I suspect that your reaction would be to retire to a quiet spot on your estate, and plan how to swindle the country out of yet more money, and regain what you have lost to the tax office.

You will be amazed at how long peoples memories can be, and England, still claiming to be a democratic nation, still playing this charade of democracy, still has the ballot box where the general disgust at such a lowlife can be amply displayed.

Yours sincerely,