Friday, March 21, 2008

Deadbeat diplomats and chiselling crooks

The governments of Mongolia, India and the Philippines have been ordered to pay $57.6million in property taxes to New York City.  The New York Senator, Charles Schumer, has proposed withholding the outstanding payments from any aid given by the US Government to these countries.  He is quoted as saying: "When these deadbeat diplomats refuse to pay millions in taxes, we continue to send them aid.  It doesn't make sense."

Public responses to the issue have been predictably mixed.  I won't add my opinion, except to say that I suspect London's mayor, Ken Livingstone - whose language can be as colourful as Schumer's - may be watching with some interest...



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