UK & Europe – Saturday

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  1. Missy

     /  March 4, 2017

    In an interview with the Guardian John McDonnell, the Shadow Chancellor has said that Labour would force high income earners to make their tax records public. This will apply to those earning over 1 Million GBP, and he believes this will force greater transparency and deter Tax Avoidance.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/mar/01/mcdonnell-labour-would-force-millionaires-to-make-their-taxes-public

    This has backfired for them on Social Media, most notably when Jeremy Corbyn tweeted a link to the article with a comment on how the rich don’t pay their fair share.

    The fact that this was an interview with the Guardian has led some to point out the irony of discussions around tax avoidance appearing in a paper whose parent company is based in Cayman Islands. It has also been pointed out how the Guardian is a paper that in the past has not paid ‘its fair share’.

    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/04/will-the-guardian-now-investigate-its-own-tax-arrangements/

    It has also been pointed out on social media how in 2015 Labour made a 4.3 million Pound surplus, but paid no tax on it, compared to the Conservatives who made a 1 million pound surplus and paid 238,000 pounds in tax.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/08/05/labour-avoided-paying-tax-on-43-million-worth-of-profits-last-ye/

  2. patupaiarehe

     /  March 4, 2017

    If the NZ Labour party could raise that sort of cash, they might actually have half a chance of winning the election…

  3. Missy

     /  March 4, 2017

    The Scottish Conservative Party are having their conference, and among the topics of conversation is of course the possibility of a Second Independence Referendum.

    Speaking to the Telegraph ahead of the Conference, Scottish Conservative Leader, Ruth Davidson, said that she believed a second referendum would result in a larger majority for the union than last time. She says that the arguments for independence are weaker than they were 2 and a half years ago, and that people in Scotland are likely not to vote to leave the Union at this time. She also said that a second referendum should wait until after Brexit and they can see what deal is reached by Westminster.

    Theresa May gave the opening speech to the Conference today, and used the speech to put the case for Scotland remaining in the Union. She said she would not allow Britain and Scotland to drift apart. She also said there is no economic case for Scotland to become independent, and that their budget had been protected from the collapse in North Sea Oil Revenues.

    As well as talking about independence Theresa May also criticised the SNP Government accusing them of neglect and mismanagement of Education, failure of farm payments, and starving the health service.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/03/03/theresa-may-will-not-allow-scotland-england-drift-apart-brexit/

  4. Missy

     /  March 4, 2017

    BBC question time last night from Bedford was discussing the arguments around the rights of EU citizens. I didn’t watch the show, but today all over social media is a short clip of one audience member, she was arguing that EU citizens should be allowed to stay. Her argument started reasonably rationally suggesting that it was better for language teachers to be native speakers (though these people would not be kicked out of the country), however, it took a turn for the snobbish (and bizarre) when she continued on to ask who would make her coffee in Pret (a coffee chain – step above Starbucks, but nowhere near being a Mojo) if the EU citizens had to go home. Yes a lot of the workers in Pret in London (at least around where I work) are EU citizens, but really if that is her biggest worry about it all she needs to reassess her priorities.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/bbc-question-time-pret-coffee-brexit_uk_58b91536e4b0d2821b4d0d8c

    She has been getting a bit of mocking on twitter.

  5. The canny Scots will vote to abandon the financial security of the UK only when their haggis begin running the wrong way round the mountains. The fact that haggis have one leg shorter than the other, so are incapable of running the wrong way round the mountains, tells us all we need to know about the self-important stupidity of that Sturgeon woman. She should be putting her energies into consolidating the very strong position that Scotland currently holds in the Union, instead of constantly undermining it in the selfish pursuit of her Warholian Fifteen Minutes of Fame.