HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) was in a "battle it cannot win" against the accountancy firms who have thousands of people giving advice ...
the practice represented a "ridiculous conflict of interest".
The large accountancy firms are in a powerful position in the tax world and have an unhealthily cosy relationship with government.
Okay, they may even have a point. Let's now ban lawyers, trades unionists and civil servants from Parliament? Oh, no, okay. Hypocrisy is us, yes?