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POLL: Should Gary Barlow give back his OBE after tax avoidance?

By The Sentinel  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

Do you think Gary Barlow should give back his OBE?

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Take That band members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald and Mark Owen alongside their manager Jonathan Wild have been in the spotlight recently due to tax avoidance.

A judge ruled that they had invested £66million in a tax-avoidance scheme and now may have to repay tens of millions of pounds to HM Revenue & Customs.

Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken out in criticism of the famous band saying: “I am opposed to all aggressive tax avoidance.”

Margaret Hodge, the chairwoman of the Commons public accounts committee, suggested that Gary Barlow “might want to show a bit of contrition by giving back his OBE”. We want to know your thoughts on this matter so fill in the form below.

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  • English_Curry  |  May 13 2014, 7:54PM

    UK Twisted Bound-----------If I thought I was on a par with you I would hang myself, that would mean my expensive education paid for by my hard working parents was all for nothing, fortunately, compared to you and your ilk I am "something special" if you saw my car, my house in south cheshire and my apartment in London you would realise what can be achieved by working hard and not just sitting there with your hand out................and of course that the chances of you brushing against me in Aldi are infinitesimal , enjoy your days up the canal with a jam jar, and net!, oh, nearly forgot, how about getting that dead loss son of yours in the Queens uniform to protect us English?

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  • owdbiker  |  May 13 2014, 6:55PM

    I wouldn't argue with Xen51, loop holes are deliberately left in legislation specifically to allow those with 'clout' to avoid paying what they should. It's all to do with "Scratching Backs".

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  • Xen51  |  May 13 2014, 5:30PM

    Our tax system is designed to screw the everyday working man while benefiting those who can afford wily legal toadies to screw the system on their behalf.....

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  • owdbiker  |  May 13 2014, 9:39AM

    Talksense is wrong, legal loopholes and anomalies Do override both morals and ethics in capiitalist societies, they shouldn't but they do. This is well illustrated by the current Co-op Banking fiasco, their management will not accept that in a rat-race you have to be a rat as well in order to survive. Corruption rules, always has and always will no matter how much foot-stamping, righteous indignation, shouting etc etc goes on. It's a cold hard world out there.

  • mrbean  |  May 13 2014, 9:22AM

    make him pay it all back why should he get away with it all

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  • TalkSense  |  May 13 2014, 4:27AM

    Simple. We need taxes to train nurses, doctors, teachers to keep Britain's society functioning. Taxes are paid to train these professionals who, in turn, pay their proper rate of taxes back into the system... and so on... Legal loopholes do NOT override Moral contributions. If you do well our of OUR country... GREAT! But at least have the decency and morality to help others on their way and help our country prosper. Greed is taking over Morality - compassion is nigh on non-existent - GREAT Britain? Thousands of minimum wage earners do lots of Charity work, because they are GOOD human beings, they pay FULL taxes on minimum wage. I need say no more,,, I am sick of saying it... Celebrity and Career politicians rule,,, the GOOD people keep this country alive and (due to experience) die young. They have No shame, just laughter at us silly people alas - please, REAL people, keep persevering and caring - they certainly don't xxx

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  • buster120  |  May 12 2014, 10:54PM

    Legally he has done nothing wrong but morally his riches enable him to pay less tax as a percentage while the workers pay more. They thought we would all want to be as greedy and hedonistic as they are, this they got wrong and they don't like it. Are Liebour, Cons and Libtards going to change or close the loopholes, I doubt it because they are reason the country has lost it's moral compass. We all want to pay less tax but at the same time the majority of us realise we have to pay our contributions so the country can run. We just want our taxes to be spent on our country.

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  • owdbiker  |  May 12 2014, 10:15PM

    Considering all the jiggory-pokery over expenses and the book-cooking over where this bunch of shysters in Westminster live or where they don't it beggars me that they've nerve to criticise anyone over 'paying their dues'. If parliament doesn't like whatever method he's used to avoid paying his due amount of tax, easy, make it illegal. If he's not broken the law, that's the end of it !.

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  • UK-Bound  |  May 12 2014, 10:10PM

    @english-balti... not sure dave would give a second look at you,,indeed he gave NHS workers a 1% pay rise indeed thats a pay cut with inflation darling, atleast i am honest saying i am poor, your a sneaky Aldi shopper with a pair of sun glasses on to hide the embarrassment, ..you think your something special balti & how sad is that??? VERY..when in reality your a commoner like me..

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  • English_Curry  |  May 12 2014, 9:56PM

    Gary's done nothing lawless, it is within the law, a very convenient loophole for us who begrudge the underclass their disgraceful lifestyle.

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