Echoes of Putin in the UK

So legitimate and legal tax planning is now the same as illegal tax evasion, according to the U.K. deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, and the chief secretary to the U.K. Treasury, Danny Alexander. Have either of them ever heard of the rule of law? Apparently, the tax bully boys are going to be unleashed on small businesses — they are already in trouble from falling revenue and increased business rates. Britain’s high streets are being blighted increasingly by boarded-up shopfronts. This playing fast and loose with the law is the kind of thing you hear in Putin’s Russia.