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Semicolon goes missing at HMRC

[21 Jan 2013] Looks like Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has mislaid its collective semicolon, if the tax-code notices going out to millions of people are anything to go by. The notices offer this shocking attempt at a sentence:

‘Please keep your Coding Notice you may need it if we send you a tax return.’

Sharp intake of breath across the nation. Even a full stop would’ve been OK (after ‘Notice’, naturally).

So much for requiring civil-service scribblers to have a decent GCSE English pass before they join. [MC]

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