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When the British comedian Jimmy Carr recently became the focal point of a media storm around the issue of income tax avoidance by the rich via overseas investment, he was nothing more than a scapegoat for right-wing monetarists within the Conservative Party who still believe themselves exempt from legal and financial obligation. David Cameron referred to Carr’s tax avoidance as ‘morally wrong’, but this is sheer hypocrisy as his own family fortune and the wealth of fellow Conservative supporters have prospered from tax avoidance.