Torygraph columnist nails the hypocrisy (final para) ;http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/olympics/9423946/How-to-speak-the-secret-language-of-the-Olympics.html
Politically, the big news today was the claim by David Gauke, a Treasury minister, that paying tradesmen cash-in-hand is “morally wrong”. Naturally, the Telegraph's James Kirkup asked the three ministers present at the Olympic briefings whether they themselves had ever paid anyone cash-in-hand. Their answers were curiously worded.
“I personally have never dodged tax,” said Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, failing to answer the question he’d been asked and instead answering one that he hadn’t.
“Would I make cash payments to avoid VAT? No, I certainly wouldn’t,” said Crime minister James Brokenshire, for some reason using a tense that covers future actions rather than past ones.
“No, I’ve always been actually quite careful to make sure that anybody doing work on my house, or anybody who does any work for me, frankly, is dealing with their own tax affairs properly,” rambled Transport Secretary Justine Greening.Personally, if I’d never paid anyone cash-in-hand, I’d have said, “No, I’ve never paid anyone cash-in-hand.” I don’t know why they couldn’t give an answer as simple as that. Perhaps all that Gamesish has rubbed off on them.