For why has he been given such an award?
For his cretinous (and highly dangerous) suggestion that HMRC should overclaim tax from taxpayers.
At the Civil Service Live event Halpern said "it would be better for us to modestly overclaim tax" because when HMRC underclaims people become irritated and tempted to cheat.
He then went on to talk ever more bollocks about the "the psychological boost of getting a rebate" - and the possibility that people spend rebates:
"When people get tax back from HMRC, they feel great.Our taxes are paying the salaries of cretins like Halpern!
In the US, people love it, and they spend the money differently too. So we're trying to persuade you guys [HMRC] that's what you should do. Make sure you have a certain amount of outcome which means you have to give people their money back."
David Halpern well deserving Knobhead of the Millennium!
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