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
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
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
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