Like it or not (and I don’t), the reason that there are people prepared to develop and sell such schemes is that there are others who are keen to buy them. In this case, the sins of the purchasers are at least as heinous as the sins of the sellers. Besides, none of them are actually doing anything illegal; they are merely using an excessively convoluted tax code to their own advantage. That may be immoral, in the eyes of many; but it ain’t illegal.
But who sets the standards for morality? It’s clear that parliament sets the standards for legality (leaving aside the question of being able to abide by those standards themselves!), and for those things declared illegal, the full force of the law can be used against perpetrators. Public opprobrium is simply a bonus in those cases.
But once we start giving the green light for the media and others to start the opprobrium where there is no illegality, merely a transgression against an unwritten and largely arbitrary moral code, where does it end? It’s a form of mob rule; and officially sanctioning it makes it uncomfortably similar to some aspects of the former totalitarian states.
Rather than encouraging a process which they are unlikely to be able to control once unleashed, our elected representatives would be more gainfully employed re-writing – and simplifying – the tax code; removing all the little complexities which create the opportunities to avoid tax. Making tax avoidance schemes illegal, and dealing with the perpetrators under the law, might not be so populist in the short term, but it’s surely more effective in the long term.