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  • The real test may be when the Crown, whether in Parliament or in the Executive makes its own way forward; and that path encroaches on certain elementary freedoms which the British citizen has innocently taken as granted since the various historical ructions between the Monarchy and Parliament; that the Supreme Court may be called upon, as in Jackson, to call a halt to abuse of the Parliamentary procedure by the Executive. It is only recently that HMRC has indicated that it wants to sell information given to it on an utterly confidential basis to third parties, with insufficient safeguards. It got into the habit of acting as the shadow "OECD" intermediary for onsale of illicitly obtained information from the German Secret Services in the LGT scandal. The information was stolen and had no probative value other than to a spook. The German Federal tax administration were certainly unable to pass it through the EC information exchange mechanisms for that reason. The re-allocation of taxing rights between Monarch and State is one thing. To infer that the Crown has abdicated its responsibility over that fundamental of the absolute confidentiality of the information provided under the jurat on the tax declaration would be entirely another. It is in that area that the Supreme Court may be called upon in the future, and a collegiate, fearless approach would certainly assist.
    To missquote Kipling posing as a Norman colonialist :
    "The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.
    But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice
    When he stands like an ox in the furrow--with his sullen set eyes
    on your own,
    And grumbles, 'This isn't fair dealing [justice],' my son, leave the Saxon

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