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Gruffalo
04-12-2010, 03:05 PM
Activists protesting against tax avoidance by big businesses and individuals took over one of the UK's busiest stores today and forced it to close its doors to customers.

Retailer Topshop's flagship branch in London's Oxford Street was one of a series of stores where campaigners gathered in high streets across the UK.

Protests were also planned for towns and cities including Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

The West End protest started at 11am when protesters joined together inside Topshop and started blowing whistles and chanting as the store experienced one of its busiest shopping days of the year.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1204/topshop.html (http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1204/topshop.html)

Excellent protest and the appropriate way to point out who the tax avoiders are. Take the protest to them.


The activists, from UK Uncut, said they targeted the shop because it was part of Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail group.

A spokeswoman for the group said: 'Tax avoidance is a big issue and we believe this is the alternative to the cuts the government are making.'


In the face of cuts, the campaigners are also launching the Big Society Revenue and Customs - claiming its 'army of citizen volunteers' will make wealthy tax avoiders pay.

Does anyone else think that this could work. This is the kind of short sharp protest that can hit the tax avoiders where it hurts and really get the message home.

recycled employee
04-12-2010, 05:45 PM
Yep i have walked past many of these stores in my travels around ireland,and thier all big business avoiding tax,and even in some instances taking on FAS workers?!
I could never quite get my head around why ireland allows this,but when you take a closer look at the type of dead heads in government it is no suprise,the culture in our dail is still the same old school politics,almost like the irish mafia that set up this state,big thick P O T A TO buffons!

Slim Buddha
04-12-2010, 06:43 PM
the irish mafia that set up this state,big thick P O T A TO buffons!

The people who set up this state are of a different calibre than those who have spent the last 13 years destroying it.

Slim Buddha
04-12-2010, 07:01 PM
It's not just Philip Greene who is "optimising his taxation liability". The world's No. 2 food producer, based in Chicago, is in the taxation optimisation business.


http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/03/kraft-cadbury-move-slash-tax

Kid Ryder
04-12-2010, 07:37 PM
The people who set up this state are of a different calibre than those who have spent the last 13 years destroying it.

But these same people are the lineal descendants in many cases of the men and (alas! so few) women that instituted the Irish state we have over us today. Republicans and other statists believe that the mechanism that facilitates the expropriation of wealth by the few from the many is somehow going to faithfully represent the political will of that same many. Our current plight is the inevitable outcome of blindly trusting that the staffing of the political power system by natives is inevitably going to govern in the interests of the people at large.

Slim Buddha
04-12-2010, 07:40 PM
But these same people are the lineal descendants in many cases of the men and (alas! so few) women that instituted the Irish state we have over us today. Republicans and other statists believe that the mechanism that facilitates the expropriation of wealth by the few from the many is somehow going to faithfully represent the political will of that same many. Our current plight is the inevitable outcome of blindly trusting that the staffing of the political power system by natives is inevitably going to govern in the interests of the people at large.

Mea culpa. I should have simply stated that when this state was set up, FF didn't exist.

recycled employee
04-12-2010, 07:44 PM
If they bothered to invest in grass roots businesses,instead of big multi national businesses who avoid tax,we could sustain ourselves..

With the stupidity in our government,what i see is more FAS and JOBFIT and no tax back free labour jobs being employed by these giants.

wickedfairy
16-12-2010, 09:44 PM
excellent footage here. Thats the way to do it, hurt Philip's pocket. How much tax do Topshop pay in Ireland?

YouTube - Student occupations target Topshop in protest at Tax Avoidance

wickedfairy
16-12-2010, 09:53 PM
But these same people are the lineal descendants in many cases of the men and (alas! so few) women that instituted the Irish state we have over us today. Republicans and other statists believe that the mechanism that facilitates the expropriation of wealth by the few from the many is somehow going to faithfully represent the political will of that same many. Our current plight is the inevitable outcome of blindly trusting that the staffing of the political power system by natives is inevitably going to govern in the interests of the people at large.

In fairness Kid, the women we have had have done more damage than many of the men, think of the three Marys!

wickedfairy
26-12-2010, 03:52 PM
meanwhile, Tescos in the UK are building cop shops for the boyz, no conflict of interest there then! Britons are not happy at all.

Tesco builds 7m police station - in return for new giant superstore

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1341537/Tesco-builds-7m-police-station--return-new-giant-superstore.html#ixzz19EmvXTKu

wickedfairy
01-01-2011, 01:34 PM
Philip leaves cold europe for a sunny break. Thanks to all shoppers who made it posssible for him and the kids.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1339844/Topshop-boss-Sir-Philip-Green-enjoys-Barbados-holiday-despite-tax-protests.html