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A question of Treasury competence

Referring to your pre-Budget report supplement, on the front page, you quote an anonymous Treasury spokesman as saying: “When you introduce a system of rules, you make assumptions about how that system will work in practice. If it works differently in practice, then you revise those rules.”

Perhaps it should be pointed out to the Treasury spokesman concerned that there is an alternative – when you introduce a system of rules, you make assumptions about how that system will work in practice. If it works differently in practice, then you examine the competence of whoever it was that made the wrong assumption.

Douglas Croft

Partner

Andrews, Gwynne & Associates

Leeds

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