Opinion – Cheque, mate: World’s biggest chess championship faces axe over £300k tax bill

The Daily Telegraph's new offices and printing...

The Daily Telegraph’s new offices and printing premises in Fleet Street, London. Illustrated London News, 1882. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Personally, I disagree with the right-wing Telegraph’s sensational reporting of this story. It reports that the world’s biggest chess championship faces being wound up after its organiser was bankrupted over a £300,000 tax bill.

Source: Cheque, mate: World’s biggest chess championship faces axe over £300k tax bill

The Telegraph reports the tax-payer as the victim. Why should one tax-payer have different rights to the next? The Law must be upheld and HMRC were right to intervene. The arguments advanced by the so-called victim are a nonsense.

A responsible course for the Telegraph would be to campaign for a change in the Law or for alternative funding to support the chess championship.

What ever happened to high quality journalism at the Telegraph that segregated news and editorial opinion? For a benchmark look to the New York Times.


EU referendum poll: Pensioners, Tory voters and men are deserting the Brexit campaign

Conservative Party (UK)

Conservative Party (UK) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Telegraph cites a new poll and reports that the majority of older voters, Conservative supporters, and men are now backing the campaign to stay in the EU following a collapse in support for Brexit.

Source: EU referendum poll: Pensioners, Tory voters and men are deserting the Brexit campaign

Personally, I’m not surprised. For older people whatever their economic or social status, the warnings are now clear. Older people in the UK will be seriously worse off after a Brexit win. They now understand that they can influence the result by voting Remain. Some of these older people will still be suspicious of foreigners but their own well being will come first.

In the end, the Brexit referendum voters will be xenophobic right wing populists.

Personally, I question whether the Conservative Party will survive. Unless Brexit MPs return to the fold, an early election will follow and a Labour Government will be installed.