30 MAY 1969, Page 27

Beatling off


A number of successful dollar-earning pop singers are reported to be contemplating emi- grating to Switzerland to escape a provision in the current Finance Bill designed to extract more tax from them. - Oh Jenkins of the polished mind, The subtle phrase, the fluent pen, Be careful as the tax mills grind Of what you do to gifted men.

Those whom the people's sovereign will Honoured four painful years ago Emasculate with fiscal skill You drive to exile in the snow.

But justice, blind, yet level scaled, Ensures your own quietus soon, And then, all fruits of office failed, You'll sing for supper—out of tune.