We are aware of the tenuous positions of whistleblowers who report on the nefarious actions of captured governments and rotten bankers who cheat the public with impunity. Then there is the media that can be co-opted by government or business to carry out such actions as the discrediting of whistleblowers. So individual whistleblowers are vulnerable to the corruption and might of the state's structures. From government department to government department--Hartnett, Gauke, Haydon and Morse--few honest men can be found.
Only the whistleblower, Osita Mba, is shown in all his bravery while the cowards that cheat in government and in banking show themselves as undignified and base, the creations by the alchemy of Goldman Sachs.
Goldman Sachs tax deal: minister backed plan to challenge whistleblower
David Gauke reacted positively to plan to challenge Osita Mba's account of "sweetheart" deal, according to leaked emails
By Rajeev Syal - The Guardian
The minister in charge of tax expressed support for a strategy to undermine evidence from a whistleblower who uncovered the notorious Goldman Sachs "sweetheart" deal, according to emails seen by the Guardian.
David Gauke, the exchequer secretary to the Treasury, approved of a plan to brief a journalist with information to help discredit testimony from Osita Mba, a solicitor with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
Mba had told two parliamentary committees that the then head of tax, Dave Hartnett, had shaken hands on a deal allowing the US bank to escape paying up to £20m in interest charges.
Margaret Hodge, chair of the public accounts committee, said Gauke's involvement raised concerns about whether the minister was listening to public anger about tax-dodging or focusing on the whistleblower who had brought problems to light.
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