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Sunday 6 March 2011

TPA – Putting Them On The Map

For an organisation so eager to shed light on its various targets, the so-called Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) is surprisingly coy about having the spotlight turned on itself and its activities. We are still no nearer to getting an up to date full set of accounts published, nor will the TPA let the wider world know who bankrolls them.

We do, however, know where this repository of non-jobs is located: the TPA occupies a significant amount of an otherwise anonymous building within lobbying distance of Parliament, close to the various party HQs, and a short walk from local BBC studios, as well as Channel 4.

This is 55 Tufton Street, the TPA’s HQ, although there is no external sign of their presence. The building may seem of modest proportions by comparison with those around it, but in this part of the world, even the least grand properties command the highest of commercial rents: whoever is paying will have to dig deep into their pocket to keep the TPA in the style to which they have become accustomed.

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Nor is the address difficult to find: as can be seen from the map, it is close to the tourist trail, so any individual or group visiting central London need not make a significant detour, should they wish to view the opulent lifestyle of this Astroturf lobby group, which falsely claims to speak for all taxpayers while actually representing less than one tenth of one per cent of them.

Clearly, when Young Dave and his fellow jolly good chaps told that we were “all in this together”, not all of those hangers-on in the lobby business were paying attention.

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