Here’s a piece from The Times a few weeks ago, just for your interest. Our old mate Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith, former director of Arsenal Football Club, the first and only female and probably the first person of non-British origin ever to sit on the Arsenal Board, has upped sticks and gone to live in Monaco. Coincidentally this happened just in time for her to avoid paying £34m tax on the £116m she got from Stan Kroenke for her – well, her husband’s really – approximately 16 per cent stake in Arsenal.
Monaco attracts some dodgy characters. I believe Harry Redknapp once visited while looking for a cashpoint or taking the dog for a walk or something. But that aside, it is obviously, OBVIOUSLY, a coincidence that she decided to move there just in time to not pay tax, and in no way is she a tax dodger or prone to immorality in her financial affairs. I am certain about that. Anyway, read the piece for yourself and come to your own conclusion.
Now, any questions from that?
Q: Is Lady Nina a tax dodger?
A: No, of course not. Tax avoider at worst.
Q: Is she though?
A: NO! She’s done nothing illegal. She just fancied moving to somewhere warmer.
Q: Is she though?
A: Didn’t you read the article? She was concerned that she should mitigate her tax liability by lawful means.
Q: She has since said that she regrets selling to Kroenke. How much does she regret it?
A: I don’t know. Apparently not enough to do some good with the money, like bail out Fanshare or pay any of the £34m in tax to prop up the NHS.
Q: Does that make her a bad person?
A: Certainly not. How dare you suggest that. I’m speechless.
Q: So moving to Monaco is nothing to do with avoiding tax?
A: That’s what she says.
Q: Is it coincidence that Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith can be shortened to Lady Nina B-S?
A: You might say that, I could not possibly comment.