UK Uncut on Newsnight

Excellent BBC Two Newsnight coverage of UK Uncut tax avoidance protests.

The UK Uncut documentary included here was made for Newsnight by Fat Rat Films and the original can be viewed on Vimeo.

The comment from the guy from the Institute of Directors that if UK Corporate Tax was lower companies like Boots would not need to go offshore is unbelievable.

The ordinary working man and woman has to pay tax on the money they earn and there is nor reason why Big Business should not too. If these tax dodging businesses wish to set up shop and do business in the UK then they should expect to pay the going rate of Corporation Tax.

Since its acquisition by a hedge fund, Boots has aggressively avoided paying its fair share of tax. Why should Boots avoid paying tax because its head office is a letter box in Switzerland?

Vodafone claim its £6 billion unpaid tax is an urban myth. Why then were they being pursued through the Courts for this unpaid tax by HMRC? Why did their accounts show they set aside £2 billion to settle?

Vodafone acceded to the repressive regime in Egypt and shut down their network, giving yet another reason to shut down Vodafone shops. When the Egyptians finally take back control of their country they should seize the network from Vodafone and hand to another network operator. I suggest Grameen Bank in Bangladesh who operate the largest mobile network in Bangladesh. It can then be run as a social business for the benefit of the Egyptian people, not as a cash cow for tax dodger Vodafone.

The messy truth of police CS spray use
A Taxing Dilemma
Tax dodger Boots turned into a field hospital
Tax dodgers shut down again
Vodafone tax protest made me smile
We are not the Topshop generation
UK Uncut Brighton – Sir Philip Green’s Christmas Payday
Sir Philip Green is Sponging Off the State
Shop a Scrounger
Captain SKA – Liar Liar
We are all in it together

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