Panama? Just the hat for us
IAM a bit late getting around to writing my column this week as I have had to sort out my offshore accounts. Now that the Panama scam – sorry I mean tax avoidance scheme – has been rumbled I need to find somewhere else to put my millions. Perhaps I’ll dust off my old post office book, last used when I did a part-time job at the now defunct Richmond Ice Rink.
My interesting career move, to Richmond, not Panama, was made when FJ* was a baby and I wanted to keep the brain alive, so, on two evenings a week (for probably less than a minimum wage), I sold sweets and cigarettes from a kiosk overlooking the ice.
It was actually fun, occasionally serving rock legends or seeing top skating stars, although it mainly consisted of watching people fall over.
You know of my problems with maths, but I didn’t even mind using the ancient till which required a lot of old-fashioned adding up in my head.
I hadn’t passed my driving test then, but I sometimes had a lift home to Hayes where we then lived, on the back of a colleague’s scooter.
It was certainly preferable to the hour and a half bus trip after the pubs had closed.
Even better, if FJ was awake – she didn’t sleep much – the babysitter, Mr F, would strap her into her car seat and bring her to the bright lights of Richmond to meet me.
After we had locked up the kiosk, Mr F would also bundle an elderly lady called Edith, who worked with me, into the Fishmobile and drop her at her home.
It was on wealthy Richmond Hill so she obviously wasn’t working for pin money.
Of course I have no off-shore lucre, and the nearest I’ve got to Spanish-speaking Central America is Mr F’s hat. Yes, he has a Panama.
But, if you, like me, are fed up with the arrogance of those who think they don’t need to pay their taxes, I hope you saw Eddie Izzard on the current affairs programme, The Agenda.
Never mind his intelligent input on gender issues, or the incredible 27 marathons he ran in 27 days for charity, his casual comment that he pays his 50 per cent tax and doesn’t see why others don’t, had me applauding and shouting YES, very loudly.
Apologies to my neighbours if I woke them.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org * FJ =Fisher Junior