Archive for the ‘UK Uncut’ Category

Russell Brand pays Lord Rothermere a visit

April 18, 2015
Daily Fail

Daily Fail

We have heard a lot lately of an elite group of people known as non-doms, that is not domiciled in the UK, and so avoid tax. For anyone else, to avoid tax, you would have to live outside the UK, and you are limited to the amount of time you can live in the UK, in other words, you are a tax exile.

But, this group have a status conferred by Mad King George a couple of hundred years ago.

It was introduced at the time income tax was introduced to pay for foreign wars, and you guessed it, it was introduced in order that the rich and powerful could avoid tax. In this case for wealthy landowners who owned estates in the colonies.

You can inherit the status, you may have it because yoo claim you do not live here, because you have a burial plot overseas.

It is clearly unfair that a privileged group of people should avoid tax. And that this status should be abolished.

One such person is Lord Rothermere, who inherited the status from his father, also called Lord Rothermere (the title is heredity).

Lord Rothermere just happens to be the owner of the Daily Mail. Which no doubt explains that it is a little more than a coincident the front page headlines attacking the mere hint that non-dom status be abolished and the smears on Russell Brand.

BP and Shell agree to give up their tax concessions

April 2, 2015

In a surprise joint announcement to Russia Today, BP and Shell agree to give up their tax concessions.

Oil exploration has to be on the way out, says Shell.


Climate change.

We do not want to be part of, bad for our image.

BP do not see jobs in oil.

Tough for those in oil, but who guarantees jobs for life?

Shell agree to shut down Arctic drilling.

It is in the interests of both companies to give away their tax concessions, as who wants a revolution?

Before you get over-excited, note the date of broadcast.

It was broadcast yesterday, 1 April 2015.

Vodafone hashtags get hijacked yet again

March 28, 2015

Vodafone do not seem to learn.

Please hijack their hashtags

and tell them what you think of their tax dodging.

Of course they could pay the billions of pounds in tax they owe.

The UK Gold

February 25, 2015

Now is the time to reveal the revolving doors between government and the City that has bred lies and corruption for so long, siphoning money through our tax havens for the global super rich, while now preaching that we the people must pay our taxes and suffer austerity. Just who does our government work for? — Thom Yorke

Where is the gold buried when crisis is looming and society begins to demand its share?

With eloquence and polite mutual support, the British business establishment elegantly winds its way out of society’s demands of accountability and community, and vast amounts of money are diverted away from the state coffers through a net of confusing transactions, Caribbean tax havens and a shelter of bureaucracy. All wrapped up in the “Union Jack”.

We are guided through the darkness by the film’s hero, Father William Taylor, who with his indomitable social spirit and chivalrous character seems to be the moral anchor of a world whose laws fluctuate with the economic cycles.

Taylor joins a battle where the good argument is of little value in a world of closed doors and mutually protective silence – where democracy is no more than an illusion and the cards have been dealt in advance.

The UK Gold takes a powerful swipe against the British Empire behind the white gloves, and tells the story of a contemporary crisis and an ancient practice, which shows how deep deception is ingrained in our proudest institutions and traditions. Dominic West (“The Wire”) narrates; Thom Yorke (Radiohead), 3D (Massive Attack) and Guy Garvey (Elbow) provide a spellbinding score.

Offereing live streaming of an album is nothing special. This is the norm on bandcamp. We need to be able to download and listen off-line. Please upload to bandcamp, where for a donation, it would be possible to download.

The UK Gold is essential viewing. An in-depth investigation of the tax avoidance industry in the UK, The UK Gold tackles tax dodging corporations and government complicity so directly that both BBC and Channel 4 refused to run it. It is, they claimed, ‘too controversial’.

The film is premiered tonight live on London Live, or Freeview 8 / Sky 117 / Virgin 159 / YouView 8.

HSBC the crooked bank

February 9, 2015


Values, go beyond ‘what you can get away with’. — Rev Prebendary Stephen Green, former chief executive and chairman HSBC

HSBC laundered dirty money for Mexican drug cartels and terrorists.

US Senator Carl Levin, the chairman of the subcommittee investigating the bank, said HSBC’s compliance culture had been “pervasively polluted for a long time”.

No one faced criminal prosecution, no one went to prison.

HSBC acts as facilitator for tax evasion, compliance officers who question what is going on, are fired, the only compliance, ensuring we do not get caught. There has been no criminal investigation, no banker is in prison.

Evil ConDem government knew. Their response, a seat in the House of Lords.

Lord Green, a priest, is restructuring the management of Church of England.

Were I to rob a bank, get caught, pay the money back, would I get let off? Of course not, I would be in prison.

If a small business fails to pays it tax, it is made bankrupt to recover the money, the owner goes to prison.

If a benefit payments are fraudulently claimed, if caught face a prison sentence.

Why then one rule for greedy bankers, one rule for the rest of society?

Why are no bankers in prison, why are no bankers facing criminal prosecution?

And what of HMRC, aiding and abetting criminal activity? Why are not senior people at HMRC not in prison?

Lord Green, a seat in the House of Lords, appointed a government minister.

HMRC boss Dave Hartnett was the man responsible for cutting dodgy deals with Vodafone, Goldman Sachs and other large corporations that have cost the taxpayer billions in lost revenue. On leaving HMRC, jumped before he was pushed, a leaving bash hosted by tax dodgers and their advisors. On leaving HMRC, Dave Hartnett joined HSBC to advise on tax dodging.

HSBC has been helping thousands of the UK’s wealthiest people evade paying tax.

Surprise, surprise, the list of tax dodgers aided and abetted by HSBC include Tory Party donors.

It is time to get dirty money out of politics.

HSBC has been helping Britain’s richest evade tax on an unprecedented scale, using offshore accounts in Switzerland.

The worst part: HSBC knew what it was doing was wrong, and actively helped its customers evade tax. As yet, it’s failed to fully cooperate with the authorities and hand over information on its illegal advice, or the thousands of clients its helped break the law and evade paying their taxes.

HSBC says it’s changed its ways. But a former employee was sacked for speaking out after seeing that HSBC was still engaging in tax evasion schemes.

HSBC is has friends in high places who will help it avoid the worst of this scandal — and we can’t let that happen. HSBC needs to be brought to book for aiding and abetting tax evasion on an industrial scale.

The revelations come from a Guardian and BBC investigation into thousands of leaked documents from HSBC’s Switzerland branch, after a whistleblower alerted the French authorities to hundreds of its citizens evading taxes.

HSBC is also facing criminal investigations in Argentina and in Belgium for helping thousands of people evade their taxes.

Now, the bank is facing a growing crisis in UK.

This is an issue that goes right to the heart of what kind of country we live in.

We do not have democracy, we have a sham democracy, where our corrupt politicians are whores for hire to the highest bidder.

An election, is simply to choose whose turn to climb aboard the gravy train, get their snouts in the trough, whose turn to act for Big Business.

HSBC had hoped keep quiet, hope the sandal does not get out, and if it does, that is what we pay politicians for.

Austerity is a myth, it is an excuse for Shock Doctrine, slash and burn of public services, mass closures of libraries, rape and pillage of Greece.

We have puerile infantile discussions, if we do not cut libraries, what do we cut?

Go after the tax dodgers and there is no need for cuts, we could open more libraries, longer hours, fill with more books, have a health service that is fit for purpose, increase welfare payments and pensions.

We have seen thousands of ordinary people take action on corporate tax dodgers for example Vodafone and Boots. We’ve seen the residents of the New Era estate rise up and fight back against powerful property developers.

The only reason tax and housing are even on the political agenda, is because of direct action by ordinary citizen, not because of action by politicians. From the corrupt political elite, a few weasel words, but no action because they are in the pocket of the tax dodgers and the bankers.

When the banks were on their knees, instead of letting them go bust, the corrupt political elite in the pockets of the bankers bailed them out with our money.

Now it’s our turn to demand change.

It is time HSBC was broken up, time a few crooked bankers were thrown in prison.

Please sign the petition demanding HSBC divulge details of all their tax-dodging clients.

Tax dodgers and hypocrites

December 5, 2014
Sun garbage

Sun garbage

Earlier in the week, Russell Brand and tenants from the New Era Estate marched to Downing Street and dropped off a petition signed by around 300,000 people.

The tenants at New Era Estate, an estate of social housing built in the 1930s, are facing eviction following acquisition of their estate by US vulture capitalists WestBrook aka WestCrook, who wish to triple the rents they pay.

Interviewed outside 10 Downing Street, a Channel 4 News reporter wished to know about the plight of the tenants. Er no, he was more interested in where Russell Brand lived and how much his house cost. Of absolutely no relevance to the New Era Estate protest.

The following day, The Sun ran a smear campaign on its front page, featuring Russell Brand a hypocrite because his landlord is a tax dodger. Not Russell Brand a tax dodger, his landlord.

To avoid being labelled hypocrites please avoid the following tax dodgers:

  • The Sun and any Murdoch company
  • Top Shop
  • Starbucks
  • Vodafone
  • Boots
  • Amazon
  • Google

George Osborne in his Autumn Statement on Wednesday, announced more cuts for the poor. Meanwhile the tax dodgers laugh all the way to their tax havens.

If you wish to know more about tax dodgers, then please follow UK Uncut and join in their actions when they next target a tax dodger.

Paul Mason: The banks, how am I here again?

November 16, 2014

Paul Mason’s raw thoughts on the news – and why he’s sick of the corner of the City of London next to RBS’s headquarters.

We spent billions on bailing out the banks, billions more on quantitative easing, and still the banks are corrupt and rotten to the core.

When each new scandal emerges, the banks say it was a few rogue traders, a few bad apples, and a few token scapegoats get hung out to dry.

And yet not a murmur before the got caught, these self same bad apples and corrupt bankers and rogue traders are being paid massive bonuses.

And still no bankers in prison.

It was different in Iceland.

They refused to bail out the banks, even tossed a few bankers in prison, those that they caught before they fled the country.

When I say they, they was the people, not the corrupt government and politicians.

They the people kicked out the parliament, formed a People’s Assembly.

Hijack tax-dodging Starbucks #redcups

November 7, 2014

When you have to pay to get a hashtag trending on twitter, it is a sign of desperation, but that is exactly what tax-dodging Starbucks has done with their #redcups hashtag.

Tell Starbucks what you think of their tax-dodging, disgusting coffee and bad employment conditions using their #redcups hashtag.

It matters little what colour their cups, it is still disgusting coffee, served by a tax-dodging corporation.

If you are drinking coffee at Starbucks you have no idea what decent coffee tastes like.

Tax dodging is not a victimless crime, it results in library closures, hospital closures, potholes in the road, benefit cuts.

Support your local indy coffee shop and drink decent coffee for a change.

We have the right to know what is in our coffee? What muck Starbucks is pouring into their red cups? Right? Not if you are Starbucks or Monsanto. They are taking Vermont to court to try an overturn a state law that requires labelling.

Starbucks hosts … charity fun day

September 14, 2014
Starbucks hosts ... charity fun day

Starbucks hosts … charity fun day

Tax-dodging, poor working conditions, rubbish coffee, and now Starbucks hosts a charity fun day.

It was not so long ago when UK Uncut occupied Starbucks across the country, turned each Starbucks into a crèche to highlight their tax-dodging activities.

Another massive fail by the Rotten Borough of Rushmoor.

This is where the imbecile leader of the council welcomed Starbucks for making Farnborough their home.

Er no, Starbucks opened a tacky coffee shop where people with no self-respect, who are clueless as to what constitutes good coffee are not too embarrassed to congregate and be seen.

Er no, Starbucks did not make Farnborough their home. Their home, their corporate headquarters, is Seattle. Their corporate headquarters for the UK is not located in the UK. For tax dodging Starbucks corporate headquarters for the UK is located in Holland.

How much did Starbucks pay for this cheap greenwash stunt?

Were Starbucks to pay their fair share of tax, they would be no need for Rushmoor First Responders to go to Starbucks with their begging bowl, as such services would be properly funded by the public purse.

Note: A decade or more ago, Rushmoor had an Aldershot Green Day sponsored by McDonald’s!

Trickle down does not work

September 1, 2014
Greed is the religion of the billionaire  class

Greed is the religion of the billionaire class

No business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. — Franklin D Roosevelt (1933, Statement on National Industrial Recovery Act)

The first TED talk by venture capitalist and entrepreneur Nick Hanauer was banned by TED. It was claimed to be mediocre. Could it be because he told the truth? It also raises a big question mark against TED.

Forbes published a garbage piece, which I will not even lower myself to address, in which it was claimed, not mediocre, but a display of ignorance.

A couple of weeks ago, the French Economics Minister told the truth on failed French economics policy, austerity, tax breaks for the rich, cuts for the poor. The reaction of the unpopular French President (20% approval rating) was to fire the entire government. Should it not be the President who resigned?

Across southern Europe, austerity is not working.

Pay the rich more and they work harder. Pay the poor less and they work harder. Strange that.

We have seen wages flat line for nearly a decade, ever since the economic crisis hit, wages were not much better before. If we take account of inflation, then wages have gone down.

When productivity goes up, we either need fewer people or we need to consume more.

If we increase productivity year on year, such that after ten years, productivity had doubled, we are either producing twice as much stuff with the same number of people or half the number of people are required to produce the same amount of stuff.

Stuff in general we do not want or need, stuff that has environmental costs of extraction, manufacture, shipping and distribution, stuff that we possess for six months, stuff that then has to be disposed of, incurring yet further environmental costs. These externalised costs, which are not reflected in purchase price, we all pay for.

The rich do not create jobs for the simple reason there is a limit to the amount of money they can spend, how many yachts, mansions, luxury cars.

Quantitative easing has been a massive failure, for the simple reason it has gone to the bankers and the rich.

We need wealth redistribution, but the reason why we do not have wealth redistribution, is because we would be redistributing the wealth of the rich, and they being rich and powerful own the politicians.

Had money been given to the poor, they would have, if only because they are living on the breadline, spent that money in the economy.

We need higher minimum wage, better welfare payments, free health care, free higher education. All of which benefit everyone, but disproportionately benefit the poor.

We also need progressive taxation where the rich pay a higher rate of tax, not as we have at present a regressive taxation system, where the rich pay less tax than the poor, where a banker in the City of London pays less tax than the cleaner who cleans his office.

We need to hit hard, the tax-dodgers.

We need to move away from a tax on personal income, to a tax on corporations, a tax on resource depletion, a tax on waste generation, a tax on pollution.

Too many are currently getting a free ride. When the rich dodge tax, they are getting a free ride. When corporations externalise their costs, pollute our air water, destroy our natural resources, exploit the poor, they are getting a free ride

At a recent meeting at Davos, Bill Gates, one of the richest men on the planet, argued vociferously for not increasing minimum wage.

The prevailing theory is trickle down. The poor sit below the rich man’s table, and if they are lucky, a few crumbs fall off the table.

At times of growth, everyone sees an increase, the rich a lot, the poor a little, but that little, is enough to keep the poor oppressed.

When there is zero growth the rich still get fatter, leaving less of the pie for the rest of us.

During the recession, there has not been the mass layoffs we have seen in the past. That is because productivity has gone down, there is a lowering of demand, the workers still employed are put on short shifts, reduced hours, paid less. One reason why wages are shrinking.

There has been a increase in jobs, but these have been McJobs, mind-numbing de-skilled, low-wages, part time, temporary, zero hours jobs.

The wealth creators, the job creators, are the small companies, the ones who do not have the political clout.

The big companies destroy jobs. Each time they destroy jobs, their share price rises, more for me, less for you.

Wages at Walmart, McDonald’s are so low, they have to be subsidised by the state. Yet another mechanism to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich. Companies that argue they cannot remain in businesses without paying low wages, do not deserve to remain in businesses.

There is though a flaw in the argument put forward by Nick Hanauer, that of continued growth.

The society Nick Hanauer describes has been true for some time, certainly the post war period when we saw real growth, car manufactures for example, would pride themselves that they paid their workers a decent wage, such that they could afford the cars they made. This is no longer true.

The reason it is no longer true, is that we have hit the limits of growth. Banks have been criticised for not lending to businesses, but when banks are looking for a return of 10% or more, they are not going to lend when the economy is not growing.

We have exhausted what we can loot from the commons then sell back.

Nick Hanauer hints but no more, at the gift economy. He dismisses the rationale actor, out to maximise self interest, more for me is less for you, and says we are irrational, emotional, that we reciprocate.

An economy where we reciprocate is the gift economy, the sharing economy, where we all contribute to the commons, more for me becomes more for you.

He is also compares the economy with an ecosystem, where we have closed loops, feedback. On a finite planet, an economic system, has to be embedded within the planetary ecosystem, a part of Gaia, not apart from Gaia.

We cannot have unlimited growth, unlimited growth is where a cell becomes cancerous.

We are moving increasingly towards a Police State, in a crude attempt to maintain inequality.

Why has the Mayor of London decided he needs water cannon on the streets of London? You do not need water cannon for happy people?

Nick Hanauer was one of the first private investors in Amazon, he co-founded a company which was sold to MicroSoft for $6.4 billions, he together with his friends owns a bank. He has his own yacht, a private plane. He was co-author of The Gardens of Democracy. He was also instrumental in pushing for an increase in the minimum wage in Seattle.


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