Listening to Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs with guest Frank Skinner. He comes across as much more interesting and likable than some of his comedy suggests.
But I couldn’t hold back a bitter splutter of a laugh when he told the story of how much he spent at auction on a shirt that had belonged to Elvis Presley, his great hero. He hardly ever wears it in public, but he once did for a stage performance. And this was a good thing, because it meant he could claim it as a taxable stage expense.
The Inland Revenue have made it quite clear that clergy cannot claim clerical shirts (£30) as an expense of office, on the grounds that it is possible to do the job wearing some other kind of shirt. But it’s essential for Frank Skinner to wear a shirt owned by Elvis (£11,000).
Or maybe it’s a case of one tax rule for millionaire entertainers, and another for people on £23,000 a year. Of course, I should have guessed.