Tax Protests Organised by UK Uncut cause Christmas shoppers disruption
Christmas shoppers across the country face disruption today as activists protesting against tax avoidance stage high street demonstrations.
There have been lots of comments from people whom I think are not fully aware of the Tax Avoidance that goes on in this country. George Osbourne, has cash in the Virgin Islands for one. I recommend that people see The Corporation to help fully understand the level of the situation. See Trailer Here:
Hope they’ll be protesting towards Bono and the rest of U2 who evade Irish tax !!
Thousands of protesters are expected to target Vodafone and Topshop outlets in more than 50 town and city centres on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
The protests are being organised by UK Uncut, a group which has received backing from senior Labour politicians. The biggest sit-ins are likely to be held in London’s West End, where more than 500,000 shoppers are expected.
One group of protesters is planning to mount a mock sports day at Topshop on Oxford Street to highlight cuts in sport funding at schools, while Vodafone’s nearby flagship outlet will see a silent “read in” to highlight cuts to libraries.
In Brighton, the UK Uncut group is promising a “disruptive tour of Brighton’s biggest tax dodgers”, while Oxford is staging a “Tax Dodger Grand Prix” fronted with pictures of Lewis Hamilton, the British Formula One driver who moved to Switzerland.
Daniel Garvin, of UK Uncut, said the group was aware that high streets would be extremely busy. “So far, members of the public have been very supportive, but we don’t want to disrupt people too much,” he said.
“The London protests will be limited to two hours, and we hope to keep shoppers informed about what’s happening.”
UK Uncut, which has grown rapidly through social media such as Facebook and Twitter, claims a clampdown on corporate tax avoidance could bring the government an extra £25bn a year, greatly reducing the need for spending cuts.
Jace Tyrrell, a spokesman for the New West End Company, which represents retailers, said: “This is the busiest shopping district in Europe. Anything that disrupts the trading environment and shoppers and staff is not welcome.”
Topshop is owned by Sir Philip Green, whose business five years ago paid a £1.2 billion dividend to his wife, Tina, who resides in Monaco.
Vodafone settled a long-running dispute with the HM Revenue & Customs by paying a £1.2 billion tax bill earlier this year. The company has denied being let off a £6 billion tax bill.