by Larry Smith
"The secret of success is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake those, you've got it made." -- Groucho Marx
Outside of ZNS and other PLP circles, the outrage over tax dodging politicians and officials has been visceral as the government pursues a big increase in the average citizen's tax burden to reduce its fiscal deficit.
A few weeks ago it was revealed that Ishmael Lightbourne, the chief tax spokesman, had not paid property tax on his beachfront home out west or his commercial building in Palmdale for many years - up to two decades in fact. The bill amounts to well over $100,000 and cannot be attributed to recent hard times.
As the government’s chief VAT spokesman, Lightbourne has come in for some harsh criticism. Critics labelled his predicament as the grossest example of hypocrisy in recent times - although convicted Bishop Randy Fraser’s favours from his congregants ranks highest in my view.