Update: another nice review on the Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire, here.
The best book I’ve read so far this year is Treasure Islands, by Nicholas Shaxson
Just thought I’d mention it. (More praise here.) And he makes the important point:
“Tax legally avoided in the UK with the connivance of the ancient and unreformed rulers of these tinpot islands means less to spend on welfare, defence, the rule of law and libraries. They are parasites and deserve to be called so the next time the legislators of the Council of the Isles meet. Would it be possible for just one MLA, TD or MP to face down the bailiwicks of the Channel Islands or the Tynwald of the Isle of Man and demand our money back?
It would be nice to think so, but our moral authority to do so is being undermined by the conviction of our betters that, in tax terms, the only race worth wining is the race to the bottom.”
For those interested in Northern Ireland, there’s more in here well worth reading. It ends:
Secretaries of State used to tell us about their “passion for peace”. Now, our passions are spent upon a race to the bottom.
More on Northern Ireland’s tax haven possibilities – see here.
P.S. sorry for the delay in posting – I was on holiday last week, and travelling (speaking at a U.N. event and at the Transcontinental Trusts event in Geneva) for some of the previous week.