Apr 23 2012

UK big business in ‘fightback’, losing battle to Uncut and Tax Justice Network

Posted by: Nick Shaxson in: Thoughts

From Today’s Observer newspaper, on the Confederation of British Industry (CBI,)

John Cridland, the CBI’s nerdy director general, is hardly the man for a punch-up. But in a sunny Westminster conference room last Thursday, he launched what he bullishly called a “fightback”.

Launching a document called Tax and British business: making the case, it is a lobbying effort. The Observer continues:

“Campaign groups such as UK Uncut and the Tax Justice Network have powerfully made the case that by exploiting loopholes, playing one government off against another and exerting considerable lobbying power, international corporations have been able to avoid paying their fair share.”

As well as TJN and Uncut, I’d also highlight the role of the Occupy movement too, as well as various non-governmental groups and various public figures: they have all played important roles.

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