Apple must now pay its taxes. This is a vindication of protest | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian

Owen Jones, the prominent left-wing activist and writer, publishes a powerful op-ed in the Guardian demanding that Apple must now pay taxes. He argues that victories for protesters over tax avoidance and on TTIP show how grassroots campaigns can overturn injustice and hold the powerful to account.

Source: Apple must now pay its taxes. This is a vindication of protest | Owen Jones | Opinion | The Guardian

Jones widens the tax avoidance debate, citing austerity, cuts to public services, and how ordinary people have struggled whilst large corporations have frequently avoided tax.

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Britain and the cuts: Blow for Cameron as UK faces deeper cuts – FT.com

English: Demonstrators march up Whitehall in L...

English: Demonstrators march up Whitehall in London on 26 March 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent, must-read article from the FT. Check it out!

via Britain and the cuts: Blow for Cameron as UK faces deeper cuts – FT.com.

The article highlights the need to massively increase austerity in the next parliament in the UK to avoid increased taxes or increased borrowing – the alternative is a collapse in public services.

The article is deeply embarrassing for Cameron’s government, ahead of the UK election next year. It once again questions Chancellor Osborne’s judgement. UK growth has been kick-started on the back of government guarantees for first-time home buyers. The UK has done little to increase exports and underlying skills in the economy. At the same time, the Independent Evaluation of the IMF has been critical of excessive focus on austerity, citing the UK.

This blog has consistently argued that the UK government did not have an effective strategy to reform the public sector – it’s either been the bacon-slicer or privatization.

So would you trust a future Conservative Government in the UK with the ax once again?

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English: NUT ATL UCU PCS strike rally outside ...

English: NUT ATL UCU PCS strike rally outside the Forum in Norwich against draconian government cuts in their pension conditions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)