Obscene tax breaks for Olympic sponsors

London 2012 tax haven

London 2012 tax haven

McDonald’s do not just serve junk food, they dodge UK tax.

Adidas do not just source their consumer junk from sweatshops, they dodge UK tax.

Coca-Cola do not just serve sweet sugary syrup laced with high fructose corn syrup, pollute drinking water in India, engage in human rights abuses in Latin America, they dodge UK tax.

What do all three have in common apart from dodging UK tax?

All three are high profile sponsors of the unwanted London 2012 Olympic Games.

Imagine seeing the headline of this article on the front of your paper in the final countdown to the Olympic opening ceremony. As the eyes of the world focus on London, this is the perfect opportunity to expose the greed of the corporate sponsors who will be dodging tax during the games.

The UK’s winning Olympic bid included huge tax breaks for sponsors. As a result, massive multi-nationals like Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Adidas stand to make a tax-free fortune. The UK could be losing tens of millions in this tax swindle.

As sponsors, these companies will be banking on loads of positive media exposure. Let’s use that to our advantage, turn the tables, and roll out a massive petition demanding they pay their fair share. If the petition is large enough, and attracts enough media attention, it could be the first step in scaring these image-conscious companies into refusing their gold-plated tax break.

Please add your name to the petition to the heads of these big companies demanding they turn down their Olympic tax dodge:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/olympic-tax-dodging

The only reason these global companies are involved in the Olympics is for the image boost it will provide. A tarnished brand is their PR team’s worst nightmare. So what will scare them most is our huge petition being covered in the media, and high-profile hand-ins at their flagship stores.

Sources tell us a few of the sponsors may already be rattled. Let’s show them their Olympic tax-dodge isn’t worth the PR damage by piling into the petition and sharing it with friends.

38 Degrees members keep on voting to tackle tax-dodging. Together with UK Uncut tax dodging has been forced onto the political agenda. Now it’s time to focus in on the companies who stand to make the biggest profits. A massive public outcry demanding that these Olympic sponsors pay their fair share could be the first step in putting an end to corporate tax-dodging.

Let’s start with McDonald’s. If you sign the petition today, we’ll deliver it this Friday to a high profile McDonald’s restaurant on Oxford Street in London.

Please sign the petition now:

https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/olympic-tax-dodging

When signed please e-mail, tweet, blog to all your friends and colleagues.

Today we learnt of the plans the government has to help the elderly survive in old age. The aged would be better off burning the plans in the winter to keep warm than reading as it offers them nothing, no new money. There are even hints of dropping free bus passes and winter fuel allowances for the elderly.

It is a scandal that one of the richest countries in the world cannot afford to look after its senior citizens.

The money is there, were it not for the government taking a softly softly approach to tax dodgers.

Tax dodging is yet one more of the scandals to hit this scandal-hit Olympics: Zil Lanes for Olympic only traffic in London, cyclists forced to dismount, cycle restrictions on London trains, canal tow paths closed, buses withdrawn from outside London to transport around London the Olympic media circus, shut down of twitter accounts of those opposing the Olympics, criminalisation of those violating the exclusivity of sponsors’ brands, surface-to-air-missiles mounted on residential blocks of flats, huge security clampdown ….

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