After the fall of Nadhim Zahawi, many taxing questions remain

<span>Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Now that Nadhim Zahawi has been sacked, having been found to be in serious breach of the ministerial code (Nadhim Zahawi sacked as Tory party chair over tax affairs, 29 January), surely the big question to ask is: how much UK tax has he avoided, albeit legally, by investing his wealth in overseas tax havens? And how many other MPs and government ministers also avoid UK tax by this method of investment? The ministerial code needs to be updated to question if it is morally acceptable for ministers to legally avoid tax while they are responsible for raising taxes from the rest of us, who are not rich enough to use this loophole.
Rob Tidbury
Paulton, Somerset

• I suppose we should not be surprised that Nadhim Zahawi’s resignation letter to the prime minister contains not a hint of apology, let alone any recognition that he had done something wrong. But then, in his letter to Zahawi, the prime minister could not bring himself to ascribe to Zahawi, in terms, the serious breach of the ministerial code unearthed by the ethics adviser. It was just “there has been a serious breach”. Never apologise, never explain. Remind me, who said that?
Valerie Bayliss

• Nadhim Zahawi writes to the prime minister about his fleeing to Great Britain as a child: “I believe that in no other country on earth would my story be possible.” Fortunately for him, neither Suella Braverman nor Priti Patel were home secretary at the time.
Henry Spyvee
Guildford, Surrey

• The inequalities and solutions raised by Polly Toynbee need to be brought to the attention of the wider public (Zahawi, Sunak, Johnson: this is rule by plutocrat. It’s like a stench that’s worse each day, 23 January). I suggest a campaign touring the country with a big red bus plastered with this slogan: “We give £350m a week to the richest people in this country. Why not spend it on the NHS instead?”
Terry Fletcher
Cramlington, Northumberland

• Nadhim Zahawi would have done well to emulate the actions of one of his predecessors as MP for Stratford-on-Avon, John Profumo, who promptly resigned when his affair with Christine Keeler became public. Profumo redeemed his reputation by devoting the rest of his life to charitable causes. Any chance that Zahawi will do the same?
Catherine Dyer

• May I congratulate Maggie Lyons (Letters, 27 January) on the outcome of her recent bet about Nadhim Zahawi. Could she be persuaded, perhaps, to make another 50p bet with her husband that Dominic Raab will be gone by the end of this week?
Simon Crombie
Wokingham, Berkshire

• No one should criticise Nadhim Zahawi for his careless error unless they can say, hand on heart, that they have never forgotten to pay £3m of tax that they owe.
Mike Cashman
Milton Keynes

• So Nadhim Zahawi finds himself out in the cold on the backbenches. Not to worry, he can always warm up in his horses’ stables.
Ruth Coomber
Needham Market, Suffolk

• It is rare for a Tory minister to wear a beard, so among other things Nadhim Zahawi has now managed to bring the hirsute into disrepute.
Keith Flett
Tottenham, London