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The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

12 June 2002 / Richard Curtis
Issue: 3861 / Categories: Comment & Analysis , IR35
RICHARD CURTIS continues his commentary on the Standing Committee's review of the 2002 Finance Bill.

IN THE FILM 'Deep Blue Sea' a well-meaning scientist enhances the brainpower of sharks in an attempt to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. One presumes that this came under the heading of 'it seemed like a good idea at the time' but of course if the blindingly obvious downside had been foreseen there would then have been no basis for the film. Needless to say for those who did not waste a couple of hours of their life watching it there is a lot of chasing snapping of teeth and (for the lucky ones) close shaves. Perhaps this is how the Treasury Ministers occasionally feel as they steer the 'good ideas' of the Finance Bill through the choppy waters of Standing Committee F.



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