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TAX JUSTICE – A SHOCKING STORY
On 24 May 2016 we settled down at The Art House to watch The UK Gold, a 2013 Mark Donne film about the ways that the Crown and the City of London are linked to tax havens. The likes of Cayman Islands, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and are full of rick ex pats but generally the locals are poor. All have British Governors with executive powers over the local governance and all laws must receive royal assent from the Queen. Despite their size, they are home to thousands of companies who benefit from the tax arrangements.
The statistics are shocking. $25 trillion is lost in the UK to tax avoidance. Action Aid talks of a $160 billion cost from developing countries, which is more than the aid they receive. As a Zambia commentator said “tax avoidance is easy if you don’t have a relationship with the people affected.”
The City of London Corporation and many of the companies based there are very much intertwined with the tax havens on remote islands. The City has arcane governance, with their own police force and Lord Mayor and a special role of Remberancer with privileges that give him access to the heart of parliament. 250 banks in the City have voting rights, equating to 24,000 votes, whilst local residents only account for 9,000 votes. When reform was on the cards, it was overseen by corporates only, not academics, economists and others who are not working for the corporates who may benefit from change.
If you are interested in finding out more, check out the work of the Tax Justice Network, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice taking action around the world, and tweet your wishes for a fairer system using the hashtag #taxjustice.
When we imagine Southampton….Last night, Transition Southampton organised a thought-provoking night of conversation about Southampton. Imagine if you wake up tomorrow and Southampton is as you would like it to be?… Continue to read the rest of the article here 13/06/2016
November 2015 blog was all about climate change, as we got ready for the United Nations COP21 conference in Paris:
On Fri 4 Dec, a Researchers Cafe hosted by the University of Southampton was held in Mettricks Old Town where climate change was discussed. Part 2 happened on Friday 22 January starting at 6.30pm at Mettricks Old Town, with special guests Megan Streb and James Dyke.
Southampton Climate Change Conversations now has its own website, where you can see info about the event on Fri 27 Nov and a range of info about Sustainable Southampton and resources. Check it out here. You can also follow this seachange of climate action on twitter Climate Conversation @CChangeSoton
Southampton filmmaker Paul Maple from Global Documentary, has made a powerful film about climate change The Environmental Litmus Test. You can watch this now here or together with us at the Southampton Climate Change Conversations event on 27 November.
We will seen by saying goodbye to Dangerous Ideas friend Mark Hancock on 24 Nov as he sets off on his cycle to Paris. Read Mark’s blog here, or for children, the adventures of Oswaldo owl. Mark is raising awareness of the crucial UN Climate Summit taking place in the first 2 weeks of December. All nations will be represented there and have committed to keeping below 2 degC which is the most we can tolerate and be reasonably safe – although commitments are not enough yet for that. But at least all are recognising the challenge and need to act together.
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The SOUP movement is growing, giving people for local communities involved in change a chance to pitch their ideas locally, with a particular emphasis on social enterprise. Here’s an update on UK, watch out for details of something along these lines in Southampton.
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