Since the Paradise Papers busted open again the scale of offshore tax avoidance available to the super-rich but not to you and me, one thing has really troubled me. Why have so many shrugged their shoulders at this and seemed to imply that it is fine that the super-rich dodge their taxes using fancy schemes while you and me pay more to fund our schools and hospitals, or receive less well-funded services?
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