Politics on the BreadlineOn April 27, 2022 by admin
Quietly quietly, the Occupy movement has slipped out of the news. their website(s) continue to grow in professionalism, and judging by the expansive timetable, they are trying hard to get a coherent message to put in the papers and persuade politicians.
Many supporters of the Occupy movement, the key issue is one of tax avoidance and tax evasion, a government that allows public bodies to pick on the so-called squeezed middle and allows the rich to evade and escape similar pressures financially.
Certainly the news that HMRC are intending to conduct spot checks on small businesses yet not chase up Vodafone, Goldman Sachs or hundreds of other large businesses for not paying their tax bills.
When drawing up the coalition agreement, the Liberal Democrats insisted on a mandate to crackdown on tax avoidance. Danny Alexander said in September 2010;
“There are some people who seem to believe that not paying their fair share of tax is a lifestyle choice that is socially acceptable. We will be ruthless with those often wealthy people and businesses who think they can treat paying tax as an optional extra.
However, in a society where politics is based on soundbites, most comments on today’s news HMRC will do spot checks on businesses seem to be from the Labour perspective claiming to be on the side of the Occupy movement.
This is a growing trend in UK media, there is a good person and a bad person, and this applies to political parties as well. Soundbite media favours first past the post into party politics and has no time for pluralism. The two-fold problem presented is that firstly, there is a reluctance among the press and the media to accept that the coalition is attempting to tackle the issues in front of it, and secondly, that Labour are intent on stealing headlines and escaping all blame for the detriment they have done to the U.K.’s economy.
When presented with what is essentially Labour propaganda debating what can be done with regards to the economic deficit, is it necessary to continuously challenge the messages are pointing out they put the UK in this position. Labour had the opportunity to correct the problems and in fact increased them.
“Could HMRC avoid taking an increasingly tougher line with the tax dodgers?” the article cries.
Unlike Labour, under whose 13 years of government social divide actually increased as did the number of non-domiciled taxpayers, the coalition of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats has, in 18 months, but in positions plans to tackle tax avoidance, engaging in an “afluent team” to track down Mega avoiders, begun to implement taxation of foreign bank accounts so people can’t hide their money elsewhere and are seeking to make things easier on smaller businesses.
As the coalition agreement states;
We will review IR 35, as part of a wholesale review of all small business taxation, and seek to replace it with simpler measures that prevent tax avoidance but do not place undue administrative burdens or uncertainty on the self-employed, or restrict labour market flexibility.
The continual insistence by headline media and by a party flagging in opposition that nothing is being done to tackle the problem is simply ludicrous. Most people will understand that these sorts of things cannot be implemented overnight. The changes being made have to be done correctly in order to create a sustainable policy that prevent tax avoidance at both ends of the scale.
It’s all very well for the Occupy movement to remain in their tents with the sanctimonious outlook. However, there seems to be little understanding coming from the group as to the moves are being made to challenge tax avoidance and evasion and the necessary steps it takes to do this on such a large scale. As for Labour, they’ve had their opportunity and to be honest they should stop whingeing.
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