Sir Howard Elston, ennobled man of the people, fields a query about macro-finance and those funny little islands which Britain owns and uses as tax fiddles.
Sheree Ann Koppel from Boise, Idaho asks: Sir Howard, now that we know that the Queen and her son Charles have squirrelled away zillions in tax free dodges that are perfectly legal but morally dubious, will they take their money out of those offshore markets?
Sir Howard Elston: Yes. The House of Windsor, as we speak, is lining up outside their banks ready to dump their non-taxable loot in their joint accounts to allow the exchequer to tax them at the appropriate amount in order to fund roads, schools, hospitals and social services. They are also telling their advisors never, never, never, ever get caught out again like this.
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