On yesterday’s Andrew Marr show, Danny Alexander, who has been fuelling an ill-informed and wholly unjustified campaign against Starbucks, Amazon and Google, said:
At a time of austerity, everyone has an obligation to to play by the tax rules.
Absolutely! And playing by the tax rules is exactly what those three multinational companies have been doing. Otherwise they would already be in court facing charges of tax evasion with HMRC being the key witness for the prosecution.
But of course, the spiteful Alexander already knows this. That’s why he is using weasel words to incite anger among the have nots who don’t know the difference, furthering the ongoing blackmail to extort money from the companies the UK exchequer is not legally entitled to. He knows these companies are following the rules, he just doesn’t like the fact the rules mean the government can’t get its hands on the companies’ cash because they prefer to be based in countries that charge lower rates than the UK.
As a number of governments look into how they can get hold of even more of the money individuals and companies have, Alexander and his ilk are exploring how they can enforce the same tax rate which they can then increase as they see fit knowing there will be no option for the people and businesses other than to pay up. This is a form of armed robbery, the proceeds of which are to be used to bail out the governments for their disgraceful waste and refusal to live within their means.
The proposed actions are not only anti-c0mpetitive, they effectively mark the creation of economic imprisonment. Our supposed servants are devising measures to take full ownership of our property and our money. Where is the grassroots protest movement campaigning to fight this outrageous affront to personal freedom? We already have no control over how government uses the money taken in tax, and slowly government is trying to stop us from deciding how we use our money by taking more and more of it from us.
When in the name of all things holy will people wake up and see what is happening? The political class is out of control. The rules of the game have changed. People need to take the power back.