Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The perks of being a tax inspector

Council tax inspectors have travelled 200,000 miles to 12 countries as they explore ways to raise bills at home.

Officially, they were on fact-finding missions looking at methods of recalculating bills, such as "spy-in-the-sky" surveillance technology and Big Brother-style computer databases.

But staff from the Valuation Office Agency have been accused of squandering millions on their junkets, which included stays in five-star hotels, banquets and a visit to a Disneyland theme park.

One bureaucrat even mocked taxpayers at a dinner.

Wonderful. Why do government employees always relish the thought of spending OUR money? What possible reason could they have for visiting Disneyland?

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