Prince Andrew has been criticised for meddling in party politics after urging the Government to preserve a controversial loophole that allows Britain’s wealthiest residents to avoid paying millions of pounds in tax each year.
Gordon Brown has pledged to axe rules allowing wealthy ‘non-domiciled’ foreigners living in Britain to escape UK tax on foreign earnings which they keep abroad. The matter has been the subject of fierce political debate, but the Duke of York’s comments – which were not cleared with the Government in advance – are particularly controversial because of his friendship with affluent tycoons who could be hit hard by any rule change. Andrew’s remarks are also significant because he has held an official post as Britain’s trade and investment ambassador for the past eight years.
The 49-year-old Prince, nicknamed Airmiles Andy because of his jet-set lifestyle, also defended City bonuses, saying it would be wrong to ‘demonise’ the banking sector.
A BIT OF ADVICE, YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS. Your old mother has managed to hold the Monarchy together, by not getting involved publicly in POLITICS, as did your GRAND MAMA, mind you she was as THICK AS SHITE! However if you feel that you would like to BECOME A POLITICIAN, STAND AS AN M.P. and if elected it will save us a fortune from the Civil List, to say nothing about FRIVOLOUS HELICOPTER FLIGHTS!
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED PROBABLY BETTER TO STICK TO THE GOLF AND SHAGGING DEBUTANTES.