Richard Brooks (journalist)

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Richard Brooks is a British investigative journalist for Private Eye, and author of several books. Until 2005, he was a tax inspector at HMRC, "specialising in international and corporate taxation".[1]

Brooks worked for the British government as an HMRC tax inspector for 16 years, followed by a year at the Treasury giving ministers policy advice.[2] Since 2004, he has been a regular contributor to Private Eye.[2]

Brooks won the 2008 Paul Foot Award for his investigation into the privatisation of the CDC Group. He is the author of The Great Tax Robbery: How Britain Became a Tax Haven for Fat Cats and Big Business (2013) and the co-author (with David Craig) of Plundering the Public Sector: how New Labour are letting consultants run off with £70 billion of our money (2006).[3] He is a former tax inspector.[4]

According to Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, "Richard Brooks is a digger and a troublemaker who niggles away at difficult subjects in a meticulous, punchy and highly effective way."[5]

With Andrew Bousfield, he was joint-winner of the Paul Foot Award in 2014 for their investigations in Private Eye on "Shady Arabia and the Desert Fix".[6]


  1. ^ The principles of tax policy, written evidence by Richard Brooks
  2. ^ a b Douglas, Torin (14 October 2011). "Private Eye and public scandals". BBC. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Centre for Investigative Journalism, Richard Brooks
  5. ^ "The Paul Foot Award 2008". Private Eye. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Paul Foot Award 2014", Private Eye, No. 1386, 20 February 2015, p10

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