I'm not sure I mounted a defence of Monbiot, merely linked to the only decent analysis of the tax law changes and how much they will cost us - not to worry though, those employers you are so fond of will keep on accumulating the wealth, operating with no social conscience at all.
Instead of swallowing Monbiot's drivel about how much it's going to cost us without question Longsiders, would you first take into account some facts about FTSE100 companies:-
The amount of corporation tax paid up to March 2010 was ÂŁ6.1bn. Up to March 2011 it had increased to ÂŁ9.8bn.
Hardly evidence of a Tory inspired big business tax avoidance scam there.
Total tax bill paid from trading 2010---ÂŁ17.5bn.....2011---ÂŁ25bn.
This tax avoidance scam just isn't working is it ?
Total tax paid and collected (including payroll taxes and VAT) in 2011 rose by 14% to ÂŁ67.7bn, 13% of all the government's tax revenue, just from those 100 wicked companies alone.
Need I go on ?
Monbiot also writes for the Guardian, so instead of whingeing about some fantasy Tory inspired tax evasion scheme, why doesn't he highlight a real one, the GMG tax evasion scheme,
The Guardian Media Group is one of the shrewdest corporate avoiders of tax in Britain, in 2008 it made a ÂŁ300 million profit and yet managed to pay no corporation tax, the following year in 2009 it still paid no corporation tax, it uses the offshore Caymans tax haven to own assets, it uses tax efficient trusts and deploys all manner of perfectly legal tax shelter strategies to avoid paying tax.
Odd isn't it, 2008/9, a left wing government, a left wing newspaper, yet tax avoidance no problem. Why the sudden outbreak of mockrage and hysteria now ?
And as for a social conscience, I expect you, Monbiot and the Guardian are very much against the 'slave labour' Tesco and other companies are employing ? Have a look at this then, 4th piece down on the Guardian's work placement scheme, especially the last sentence.
There's a lot I don't like about the way this country's run Longsiders and I suspect we agree about most of it. The idea that we're being done down by some sort of Tory/Big Business conspiracy though is laughable, it's a much more far reaching plot than that, involving all the political class and their hangers-on. Besides Cameron and the half-wits in the Tory party just aren't that clever, I'd have thought that was obvious by now.
What I detest most of all though is hypocrisy, and the progressive left is raddled with it. You know what to expect from Cameron, but Labour, Livingston, the Guardian, Monbiot and the millionairess Polly Toynbee pretend to be sneeringly above all that, but their snouts are in the trough just like the Tories.
I'd shoot them first come the revolution.
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