You'll probably hear a lot today about the bankers levy being made permanent. Osborne has announced (ahead of the budget) that an extra 800 million will be taken from the banks, making a total of 2.5 billion over the year. The bank levy will stay in place, making it a permanent feature.
Yippppeee eh? Not a Robin Hood tax, not nearly enough, but a step in the right direction eh?
I've just read the most extraordinary article by George Monbiot in the Guardian. This is one link you have to click on. He outlines a change to corporation tax that (Wait! Stop! Come away from the light! This is interesting honestly...) he calls the "heist of the century" a "kind of corporate coup d'etat" and "the biggest and crudest corporate tax cut in living memory" what's more, he points out that yet again, no-one knew about it, it wasn't in any manifesto and it's so complicated, that most people would never understand it anyway without expert guidance.
Effectively, 6 Billion from Vodafone or a few quid from Wayne Rooney has just turned into small-fry. In fact fry so tiddly, it's barely visible to the naked eye. This move will save Big Business endless, eye-watering, startling billions.
Please, if you read nothing else today, read this. Effectively though, this is the vital bit :
Then, there's the really complicated bit that explains how on top of this staggering snatch-and-grab, the company
We're about to out-Switzerland Switzerland!!!
Monbiot goes on to ask
Well, Surprise! Surprise!!
Is that it guys? Is that the best you can do? All that talk of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer. All that mock-outrage at light-touch regulation or bankers bonuses. And you know, it's just not good enough to say "Oh well, it's the Tories, you expect this kind of thing from them" It's theft, pure and simple. On the same day that even Warren Buffet is saying that we need to raise inheritance tax to tackle a growing "entrenched" plutocracy, Little-Lord-Osborne has decided that we need to do quite the opposite.
In case you'd forgotten, David Cameron told the Sunday Telegraph at the weekend that he
He really is breathtakingly dishonest isn't he? As Monbiot concludes, this government has decided on a course of PR that, as with so many of their other policies, treats us like complete and utter fools. If you want to make the rich staggeringly richer on the quiet, or dismantle and privatise the NHS or bring back a two tier education system under the guise of "free schools" or cut budgets faster and deeper than has ever been attempted before :
** At the top of the page is a share button. Also just below. Please, make sure as many people get to hear about this as possible. We're already seeing people picketing high street stores and talking about Gideon's tax avoidance,but this is in a whole different league. Again, write to your MP, tweet, post, link and Facebook. We really have to show that we're not the fools we're being played for.