Within minutes of the announcement, Hamilton was being attacked on social media because he didn’t even have a TV license.It all starts with @nick_moore’s comment: “He pays no tax, has zero personality and doesn’t even have a TV licence. How does that work?” This was followed by Chris Hall, who wrote: “The real travesty is that kids inspired by Lewis Hamilton will never get chances he did thanks to tax-dodgers like him.” John Torrie added: “Lewis Hamilton. Proud to be born British but doesn’t want to live here among us.” And Javier Mejia wrote: “Right in saying Lewis Hamilton is a UK tax exile? Given personality award by the BBC, funded by everybody’s license fee.” You get the gist of it. But some celebrities themselves joined the queue, and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton was no exception, scrutinising Hamilton for his alleged tax avoidance.
Tax exile’s should be exempt from winning trophies paid and voted for by the tax/licence payer. — Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 15, 2014
He should never have won. He is a terrible role model to any Britain. What precedent does that set. Bad day in our history. — Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) December 15, 2014This is by no means the first time that tax and Lewis Hamilton were spread across the web in the same sentence. After moving to Monaco in 2012, he was immediately branded as a ‘tax exile’. Of course, he hit back during a Sunday Times Style magazine interview, stating: “People moan and say, ‘He doesn’t live in the country, but he’s happy to raise the flag’. It doesn’t matter what country you live in. I was born here, man. But it’s the tax thing, isn’t it? “What people don’t realise is that I pay tax here, but I don’t earn all my money here. I race in 19 different countries, so I earn my money in 20 different places and I pay tax in several different places, and I pay a lot here as well. “I am contributing to the country and, not only that, I help keep a team of more than 1,000 people employed. I am part of a much bigger picture.” Image source By Shané Schutte
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