Blushing

Over a few hundred pages, as Harry enters adolescence, Diggory reddens, Harry reddens, Ron reddens, and Fudge reddens; Percy goes slightly pink, then very pink; Hermione is slightly pink; Malfoy is slightly pink and then brilliantly pink; Hermione is very pink and then rather pink; Colin also goes pink; Hermione is, again, slightly pink; so is Ron, and then Hermione; and then she’s flushed pink with pleasure. Lavender blushes, followed by Hagrid and Hermione.

Despite the low-level snark in this recent New Yorker piece on JK Rowling, there’s not a single mention of tax and just a small reference to wealth. Rowling would probably have some constructive things to say about the US tax regime, if her comments on the UK system are anything to go by, as would her fellow UK billionaire James Dyson:

In 2006 (when figures were last available) James Dyson contributed the bulk of the income tax paid by the 54 billionaires then resident in the UK. Out of £14.7m paid by all 54, he contributed £9m. That’s a whopping 61 per cent of the total tax take from billionaires. Current figures are not available, but it is widely agreed in the tax accounting community that JK Rowling and James Dyson are the only UK billionaires who pay a tax rate even remotely proportional to their income. So, on average, your grandma pays tax at a rate roughly 250 times that of the richest people in Britain.

Taken from Tax avoidance isn’t a left or right issue, it’s a cancer eating our democracy, at The New Statesman. And can anyone explain the unusual situation where the hardcover of the The Casual Vacancy costs more than the eBook?

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