Category Archives: Robinhood Tax

What is UK Uncut?

After posting this piece <http://tinyurl.com/6cdtxkw> on facebook I was asked what UK Uncut was about and thought it was worth repeating…..
The blurb: ‘At the same time as making massive cuts to public services, which will result in hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs, this government is letting rich individuals and corporations avoid billions of pounds of tax. Join UK Uncut’s Big Society Revenue & Customs (BSRC) and become part of an army of citizen volunteers determined to make wealthy tax avoiders pay.’

UK Uncut is basically a diverse group of concerned citizens organising on the net who do various demos, protests and innovative ‘pop-up style’ actions to draw attention to the absurd situation going on here in the UK – the poor are disproportionately shouldering the financial collapse…..whilst the mega rich such as Philip Green use state resources and immorally dodge paying their fair share of taxes by finding loopholes to avoid and/or evade them(Philip Green owns Topshop and the Arcadia chain….or for tax purposes think it’s his wife?).

Sound appealing? If so there is an event coming up near Manchester you might be interested in  < http://tinyurl.com/5v2b9ca>

More info can be found here http://www.ukuncut.org.uk/
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Manchester Green Candidate proposes Robin Hood Tax motion

Gayle O’Donovan, Green Party candidate for Manchester Central in the coming general election, proposed to the Green Party’s spring conference in London that the Greens should support the Robin Hood tax campaign fronted by actor Billy Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean) and supported by a large number of charities.

The Financial Transaction Tax would impose a very low tax on financial products such as stocks, bonds and derivatives but raise around £250 billion for investment in international development and climate change.

Gayle said: “This simple tax would have enormous global benefits and I was proud to be one of the proposers of a motion to the Green Party’s Spring Conference that the Greens should support the campaign.

“We have all watched as the banks suddenly get profitable again and start to award themselves huge bonuses, yet the rest of the world remains in financial turmoil. Aside from the urgent need to curb the bankers’ bonuses, there is a real opportunity to benefit those in most need around the world.”

Brian Candeland, Green Party candidate for Manchester Withington, who was also at the Party’s spring conference, added “The Green Party has been a long-time supporter of a tax of this nature; it’s good to see its growing support as more and more people realise the massive gap between the financial elite and the rest of us”.

Notes:

  • http://robinhoodtax.org.uk/
  • The Green Party’s Spring Conference is in London from 18th to 21st February.
  • The motion was passed unanimously by the conference.