Emma Boon, campaign director of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said spending thousands of pounds on a portrait was “excessive” at a time when many students and taxpayers are feeling the squeeze.
“It’s nice to keep a tradition of recording the image of those who hold the office but there are cheaper alternatives and the vice-chancellor should not throw money at a vanity portrait,” she said.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance campaign director Emma Boon welcomed Government plans to publish details of Britain’s tax bill from 2014.
“The Government’s now being a lot more open about where our taxes are going. I think it’s going to be quite surprising for some people to see how that money they’re paying in taxes divides up and where it’s all going. I think it’s a really good move.”
Matthew Sinclair, of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said the figures underlined the folly of imposing unilateral national measures to tackle a global issue.
Mr Sinclair said: ‘The rise in the emissions produced supplying the British market shows why politicians proud of the draconian regulations and expensive taxes they have put in place, thinking that they have led to a fall in our emissions, are fooling themselves.
‘Not only is the tiny share of global emissions produced in Britain – less than two per cent of the total – almost irrelevant to overall global emissions, but as our targets are all framed in terms of emissions produced here, they can be satisfied without cutting total emissions at all if industry is simply relocated to other countries.’
Emma Boon, of campaign group the TaxPayers Alliance, said: “There’s no point in dishing out fines and confiscation orders if no one is handing over what they owe.”
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