The desire to collect tax

Polly Toynbee in The Guardian makes a good case that Osbourne and HMRC could collect more tax but just can’t be bothered.  She also asks a good question: why isn’t Richard Murphy on the HMRC board?  Murphy’s answer:

There is a simple explanation for that. Such an appointment would, of course, be argued to be political when, however, the appointment of the former senior partner of KPMG and others from the tax profession and business community is not, of course.

That’s how the neoliberal capture of the state is justified, even if it requires a straightforward lie to be told to do so.