Opinion: Boots owner Alliance ‘uses havens to save £1.1bn in corporation tax’ – ex Independent – John Gelmini

Dr Alf’s simple concept, simple question, and call for the UK Government to action what appears to be obvious belies the true position.


To begin with, Osborne, Cameron et al, are in thrall to multinational businesses who pay very little tax and are not prepared to upset them by doing business with smaller local firms.


This is why the Government spends £12 billion gbp a year on Big 4 management consultants and systems integration houses like IBM Global Services, whilst spending less than 8% on all other consultancies and interim management providers COMBINED.


That same percentage applies to all other Government contracts, including those for NHS provision despite the fact that there is supposedly a 25% target for Government Departments to deal with home-grown and smaller UK businesses.


Secondly, the larger businesses have CEOs who are donors to the major political parties and who are personal friends of Government Ministers, officials and Civil Service Mandarins, either through school, Oxbridge or by dint of membership of certain secret societies.


Ordinary people, even those who have built larger businesses are normally not part of this charmed circle, and are probably regarded as stupid for paying their full share of taxes, whilst the people within the charmed circle pay nothing or next to nothing.


For all their rhetoric, the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats are exactly the same because they know that if they upset these large firms they can base themselves in a tax haven just as Sir Richard Branson has done only last week.


Those firms that are based here and the people who are working are effectively “milch cows” to be put through an “olive press” far more effective than Don Croce’s fictional one in the Mario Puzo novel and even William the Conquerer‘s “Doomsday Book” backed up by armed knights to enforce tax collection.


Taxation in the UK is complex, too high and applied capriciously to those who have been thrifty, productive and honest who are regarded by Civil Service Mandarins as “our sheep”.


Then, of course, there are Local Authority Chief Executives, a group of people, who like the Local Authorities they run, are too numerous in number and in need of elimination, like Japanese knotweed. Already their councils are raising more money from parking and parking fines than they raise from council tax and as a result damage or put out of business those who might otherwise make a contribution.


The burden therefore continues to fall on those who are left which is why Dr Alf’s simple question will continue not to be answered in the way that he would like.



A pie chart showing the projected constituents...

A pie chart showing the projected constituents of UK taxation receipts for the tax year 2008-2009, according to the 2008 Budget. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Enhanced by Zemanta

Why does industry rank so near the bottom of the league table of whom we trust most in society? – FT.com

Safe and hygienic transport of packages from f...

Safe and hygienic transport of packages from filler to packer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent and thought provoking article by Anne Glover and Jan Marco Müller, published in the FT. It’s a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READ, in my view. Check it out!

via Finding an element of trust – FT.com.

Whilst, I understand the thrust of the arguments made, surely the reality is that these same large companies are avoiding paying taxes on a massive scale and are prepared to lobby actively for their pet causes. These businesses have typically sat on cash mountains since 2008, failed to invest effectively and create new jobs; meanwhile, they have been first to move jobs offshore. So why should we trust their scientists – surely, they’re flawed because of their bias?

Also there are huge moral questions over many sectors like the food industry and the damage that is being done to healthcare, especially of vulnerable young people, with aggressive marketing of junk-food?

Would you trust a research scientist working for the food industry?

Surely, we need to promote evidenced-based policy, not the flavor of the month for political or business leaders?

Any thoughts?


Enhanced by Zemanta