19 NOVEMBER 1954, Page 24

TAX FIDDLING SIR,—Perhaps I am very innocent in taking SW

Compton Mackenzie seriously, but althougll I am not qt Civil Servant I am crude enoug to regard The special concessions actors, an business men, have been known to boat about, as putting their hands in their neigh+ bour's pockets.

Perhaps I would be too shy to enquire closely from a business friend about carte and hospitality, and too scared to questio0 an artist, but it may be the duty of a Mem4 her of Parliament to broach the subjects, and possibly some Collectors of Taxes would not regard its as bad taste.

I can agree with your contributor about ' fatuous advertisements' without admiring the self-advertisement which he thinkS

• necessary to the entertainer, and without forgetting the many taxpayers who without enjoying the social advantages of the enter4 tainer have to pay themselves for whatever extras they think will help, such as a first class season ticket or better clothes, etc.

And I am conscious that a strjice of enter• tainers would hurt me less than one ot doctors, or farmers or builders, etc., etc., and old-fashioned enough to think I have dand fairly by the artist when I have paid for seats. or bought books, without having to pay for any special income-tax concessions.—Yours faithfully,