You quickly find out how your mates are when you have been exposed as an immoral tax dodger. Jimmy Carr, it seems, has no mates. I checked out the twitter feeds of a couple of UK "comedians" including those insufferable bores - Stephen Fry and Graham Norton. There was no mention of Jimmy's rather taxing difficulties. Armando Iannucci also had nothing.
There was only some very lukewarm support Dom Joly. He qualified his comment with "From what I know" and then went to say "Jimmy Carr is a very nice man (a rarity in comedy) who does a lot for good causes."
Jimmy, insofar as he has said anything at all, played the victimisation card. Murdoch is out to get him. Furthermore, Jimmy assured us that he not taking any lessons in morality from him.
How about taking a lesson from the elected leader of the country - the Prime Minister, Mr. Cameron? He summed up Mr. Carr's behaviour perfectly.
"I think some of these schemes - and I think particularly of the Jimmy Carr scheme - I have had time to read about and I just think this is completely wrong.
People work hard, they pay their taxes, they save up to go to one of his shows. They buy the tickets. He is taking the money from those tickets and he, as far as I can see, is putting all of that into some very dodgy tax avoiding schemes.
That is wrong. There is nothing wrong with people planning their tax affairs to invest in their pension and plan for their retirement - that sort of tax management is fine. But some of these schemes we have seen are quite frankly morally wrong."
The liberal elite have been bitching about taxes ever since this crisis has started. They want the Coalition to push up income tax rates. However, as Jimmy Carr's tax dodging scams reveal, they don't mean to pay any additional taxes themselves. They want the hard press middle classes to pay more.
I would be more than happy to see Carr pay more tax. However, that can be achieved without a hike in the income tax rate. Close down his immoral tax avoidance scheme, and make him pay more. Leave the rest of us alone.
If you haven't seen Carr's repulsive Barclay's sketch, click here. I defy you to find a single funny moment. Apart from the obvious hypocritical BS on tax, I found it really quite offensive to women working in banks. But hey, it is OK to make out that hard-working tax-paying cashiers in banks are stupid, morally lax and part of a conspiracy to evade tax. They are fair game, aren't they Jimmy, just like mentally disabled kids.
If you want to see the full measure of the man, check this out.