Tax & Transparency Forum 2012

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m launching a new conference on tax justice in London this Wednesday through International Tax Review magazine, so here’s one final shameless plug and an invitation to come and debate an issue which, I think, is one of the most important facing the world today.    It’s free to attend if […]

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A lawyer unto himself and his people

Unusa Karimu’s people, the Mbororo, are a marginalised semi-nomadic community of cattle herders in Cameroon. The daily persecution and exploitation they face at the hands of government and wealthy elites inspired Mr Karimu to become a lawyer so he could defend their human rights in court. Karimu talks to Salman Shaheen about his struggle against […]

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Greece to hold snap elections on 6th May: Radical left set to storm the polls

It emerged today that Greece will hold snap elections less than 4 weeks from now. An official announcement will be made tomorrow. Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal have confirmation from an unnamed government official that the poll will take place on May the 6th. The radical left, meanwhile, have surged forward in the polls. According […]

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Dear politicians, please do not show me your tax returns. Doing so would be worse than pointless.

Things can quickly get out of hand. It started with questions being asked about how much tax Mr Livingstone actually paid. Boris’ tax arrangements were inevitably brought into the argument. And then came Mr Osborne, who has indicated that the shadow cabinet will happily release all of their tax returns – a move that would, […]

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In defence of the tobacco display ban

Imagine having emphysema. For those who don’t know what that entails, emphysema is when the lining of your lungs is destroyed, meaning that it gradually becomes harder and harder to take in the oxygen your body needs. To start with, you notice that you get out of breath just a bit faster than you used […]

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While posing as champions of the working poor, Greggs pays workers £5.75 per hour

The government’s decision to extend VAT to hot pasties has enabled chain store Greggs to represent itself as champion of the working poor. ‘At a time when ordinary, hard-working people are under enormous pressure, they need help in making their money go as far as possible”, the company’s compassionate chief executive Keith McMeikan remarked. Unfortunately, […]

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Pavements to be abolished in government transport reforms

This is a guest post by A.O. Pillfor There was shock today as the government announced plans to remove Britain’s pavements as part of its latest round of reforms. Speaking at his weekly press conference, David Cameron told journalists “I appreciate the sentimental attachment which many people have to pavements, but we have to face […]

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