What? What the hell? George, do you think you can arbitrarily choose who pays taxes and who doesn’t?
Well you can of course, because you have all the guns and powers of coercion backed up by the threat of violence and kidnappping, but aren’t you even pretending any more?
If surgeons and oncologists and engineers and programmers and a host of people who actually do useful things have to pay their taxes, then surely so do runners.
But wait, this is because you’ve engineered the system to tax people regardless of where they earn money; they have to pay you tribute right? But if you exempt runners, don’t you have to exempt entertainers and footballers and half a dozen others categories of people each spending slightly more and more time in the UK. Doesn’t this arbitrary measure show the whole system is a nonsense?
Yes, you argue that they are only exempt from overseas earnings and appearance money is taxed at normal rates, (and no-one can possibly guess what percentage of the fee will be appearance money and what will be foreign sponsorship of course!) but if Usain can have this exemption, I want it, otherwise we are not all equal before the law. and if we are not equal before the law then it’s not ******* law it’s just government by arbitrary preference and favour and any legitimacy you claim is lost.
And of course it is a tacit admission that high taxes like George’s drive people away be they runners or investors and employers.