Opinion – ‘Dutch sandwich’ grows as Google shifts €8.8bn to Bermuda ex FT.com – John Gelmini

Dr Alf wonders why Google can keep evading tax along with other multinationals and whether the Republicans are helping them.

The truth is, now that Dr Alf is back from his travels across Cyprus, he should look a lot closer to home to George Osborne and David Cameron, who talk tough on taxes for public consumption but then give a nod and a wink to tax evasion by their own suppliers such as State Street who are going to manage Auto Enrolled Pensions and people like BT.

Both these companies have offices within the Dublin Financial District where I was in the Summer and are effectively paying the Irish Government 3% Corporation Tax.

Private Eye goes into more detail but there is a revolving door between Big 4 Accountancy Partners, the Treasury and the finance functions of large multinationals.

Essentially the rich and very powerful pay no tax or very little and multinationals are the same.

Currently Eon and Vodaphone have paid no Corporation tax for a decade and the privatized Royal Mail will be the same.

The Pension liabilities of the Royal Mail will be landed on the taxpayer whereas the Postal Unions should have been surcharged for the actions of their members who brought this upon us all by encouraging strike action by their members that has damaged the public and businesses.

Even under Miliband, I can see no change with the only quid-pro-quo being job creation.

Happy to debate alternative views?

John Gelmini

English: East entrance of HM Treasury Français...

English: East entrance of HM Treasury Français : Entrée Est de HM Treasury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Janet Joy – Paul Krugman NYT-Op Ed

Paul Krugman, Laureate of the Sveriges Riksban...

Paul Krugman, Laureate of the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2008 at a press conference at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This short blog from Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman highlights the popularity of Janet Yellon as the next head of the Fed. Check it out!

Janet Joy – NYTimes.com.

The article also takes a side-swipe at Wall Street.

Surely, deregulation of Wall Street is responsible for so much of the the economic pain in recent years?

Any views?


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