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Questioned about Greek crisis head of IMF said country can help itself collectively 'by paying all their tax'
Suggests that IMF's money would be better spent on African children than on people in Athens
Lagarde takes home £298,675-a-year untaxed
Lagarde receives further tax-free allowance package of £52,000
The head of the International Monetary Fund enjoys a tax-free income of £350,000, it emerged yesterday ~ days after she attacked Greeks for failing to pay their taxes.
Part of this is paid for by British taxpayers, as the UK contributes 4.5 per cent of the IMF’s resources. This equates to about £13,500 of Mrs. Lagarde’s basic wages.
‘to enable the Fund’s leader to maintain, in the interests of the Fund, a scale of living appropriate to your position as managing director and to the Fund’s need for representation’.
Imposing: The headquarters of the IMF in Washington is where representatives of 184 countries aim to work together to foster global monetary cooperation and secure financial stabilit. Blah, blah, blah.
She added that Mrs. Lagarde had not grasped the true nature of the problems facing the eurozone. ‘If people paid the tax they were due to pay it would make hardly any difference,’ she said.
A beggar in Athens. The number of people living in poverty is surging as a result of the country's economic decline and austerity measures. Getty Images.
‘How can someone who is living tax-free, way beyond the means of the Greek parent who can’t feed their children, say “tough, you’re living in austerity, you’ve got to keep us happy”?’ he asked.
GREECE THREATENED WITH WIDESPREAD, LONG-TERM POVERTY
He said many Greeks are now withholding their taxes as they believe the country is being run by the IMF instead of an elected government.
‘Fund salaries, like those in most international organizations, are paid on a lower, net-of-tax basis to ensure equal pay for equal work regardless of nationality.’
‘I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education.. because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens,’ she added.
ED: That is such a timeworn and successful way to shift blame: divert the blame. You, the reader, have only one choice ~ the irresponsible people of Greece or those poor children in Niger. Suddenly you, the reader/public, are supposed to understand that the children of Niger are not responsible for their plight, but that the people of Greece (and their children) are. This same technique is used in local politics all the time. Here were I live a popular one are the needs of the disabled versus those of seniors. You get the picture.
Asked if Greeks were experiencing payback for years of bad practices, she said:
The hurried explanation came after a furious response in Greece, criticism from French politicians and a stream of abuse on her Facebook page.
‘That’s why the IMF is supporting Greece in its endeavour to overcome the current crisis,’ she added. ‘An important part of this effort is that everyone should carry their fair share of the burden, especially the most privileged and especially in terms of paying their taxes.’