MEDIA: What The Papers Say - Tax gripe attracts little sympathy for Stones

The national product withdrawal announcement was well prepared by the Rolling Stones the week before 8 June, deploying their lawyers to protest to the Commons Finance Committee that the tax change was retrospective.

The national product withdrawal announcement was well prepared by

the Rolling Stones the week before 8 June, deploying their lawyers to

protest to the Commons Finance Committee that the tax change was

retrospective.



Their messages came through - the withdrawal was to avoid losing money,

it affected a big team, and was due to a ’deeply unjust’ tax change. The

Government called it ’closing a tax loophole’, and slapped down

complaints by refusing ’to be lectured by tax exiles’.



The sneers were funny and the announcement was not an entire success for

the group - Mick Jagger’s apology to the fans only appeared four times

and the help-line numbers only twice.



The tabloids were disgusted, the broadsheets and Conservatives

sympathetic.



Bernard Doherty, the band’s PR man, admitted to Independent readers that

the Stones didn’t like being called tax exiles: ’It sounds like someone

sitting by a pool sipping a pina colada.’ Clearly, that could be

hurting.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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