Archive for October, 2012
I’ve been busy working on tax campaigns at Church Action on Poverty, which is one reason for the lack of posts. My role involves a surprising amount of writing and this is my latest creation – I wrote all the wording, including the suggested message to MPs (but please alter it if you have time). Its great to see the media reporting on tax avoidance by major companies, but what we need is action – especially in parliament, but also elsewhere. Please tell your MP to speak out now.
Read all about it: People You’ve Heard Of undertaking Massive Tax Fraud. We’ve had Jimmy Carr and a bunch of other stage figures out-ed as tax avoiders, or maybe even evaders. The problem was right on the end of our noses – our TV screens – all along. Is this a real story? Yes. Is it the real story? No. Its barely significant.
During the recent Labour Party Conference in my new city of Manchester, I attended a fringe event on the European Union, entitled “From Austerity to Plan B”. The EU plays a massive role in our lives, and our being a part of Europe as a continent is something we cannot deny. But in Britain, even the word “Europe” is often maligned, as if it represents only foreign interests and bureaucrats.