What gives a hypocrite like Christine Lagarde the right to lecture anyone on tax?

In this piece, I suggested Christine Lagarde might be considered a hypocrite for berating the Greeks about their lack of taxpaying instincts at the same time as she was apparently being accused in the French courts of far worse crimes than that:

[…] I was trawling through the web just now and stumbled across a couple of stories from 2011.  This one for example,from the Australian in August of the same year, which describes how Ms Lagarde was going to be investigated for alleged misdeeds whilst a French minister.  I’ve also found this selfsame story, or at least its beginnings, reported earlier in the year in the Guardian and a couple of other papers.  But more recent news on this particular case seems to have dropped below the radar.

Anyone know if this investigation is still ongoing?  Because if it is, and Lagarde is able to convince herself she has the right to tell the Greeks it’s their own fault for defrauding the state, it’s a pretty disagreeable turn of affairs – and a quite nasty case of what some might care to call hypocrisy.

There is, of course, more in that post on related matters if you’re interested.

Far more to the point, however, is the following story from the Guardian this afternoon which reveals the following facts:

As an official of an international institution, her salary of $467,940 (£298,675) a year plus $83,760 additional allowance a year is not subject to any taxes.

So engendering my question: what gives a tax-free island-in-the-stream of a stratospheric elitist like Ms Lagarde the right to lecture anyone on non-payment of taxes?



  1. Extremely frustrating… But why does she not pay tax on her abundant salary and expenses? Or am I just too naive for words? Hmm…

  2. I mean allowance, but what is the allowance for? Obviously she is not an ordinary mortal like me…

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