Saturday, 22 January 2011

Vodaphone - we haven't forgotten about you

A dozen campaigners came together to protest in Wrecsam high street against the tax dodging antics of Vodaphone again today. The response suggested that the negative feedback on the company was starting to take effect - many had heard about their £6bn tax evasion and were angry that the Lib Dems and Tories were justifying £7bn welfare cuts but letting off big corporations from their tax bills.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Get a grip Plaid! You could argue that the subsidies WAG have given to airbus in recent years are not justifiable considering the profit they make!

Plaid Whitegate said...

Doh!

When Vodaphone evades £6n in taxes and £7bn in welfare cuts are made, I think the figures speak for themselves.

Anonymous said...

So Plaid advocate retaining current spending levels which incorporate the abuses at every level!

glynbeddau said...

There a huge difference between government subsidies and a company being allowed to evade Tax. One is a democratic decision by elected members the other is an arbitrary one on behalf of civil servants. in this case HM Revenue & Customs:

As far as spending levels most of these could be maintained if the Rich and powerful including Murdoch's News International did not evade Tax.
But like the previous one, this government concentrates on attacking the unemployed and poor by placing its emphasis on the small minority in (comparison) of Benefit cheats. Whilst letting the real culprits off Scot-free.

John Broughton said...

Plaid Whitegate does not (or so chooses) to understand tax planning which is legitimate and legal.

Guardian Media Group use exactly the same strategy as Vodaphone; are you going to adopt the same attitude towards them?

Plaid Whitegate said...

You will not my use of the word evasion (legal) rather than avoidance (illegal). Just because something is legal doesn't mean it's right.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Tories don't have moral standards when it comes to ripping people off. It's Hulme's law of the jungle.

John Broughton said...

For the record tax avoidance is legal and tax evasion is illegal.

It is perfectly proper for any taxpayer to arrange their affairs so as to minimise their tax liability.

Alwyn ap Huw said...

John Broughton said...
For the record tax avoidance is legal and tax evasion is illegal.


Or to paraphrase "it is legal for the mega rich to fiddle their tax, but the poor will be goaled for it."

Both evasion and avoidance are immoral, both should become illegal.

glynbeddau said...

John Broughton

When women were denied the vote it was considered both proper and legal, but I'm sure you would agree that it was not right.

The trouble is that too many of the rich and powerful agree with the sediments of the American Hotel owner Leona Helmsley that
"We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes...,"

Do you back the little people or the rich and powerful?