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Naughty George

Correct, another blog about George Osborne, but by gosh does he deserve it.

“We’re all in this together” says the Chancellor when it comes to  cuts. However, Channel 4 has just revealed that along with two other Cabinet ministers, he’s avoiding paying tax! Apparently Osborne pays accountants to find loopholes which help him dodge £1.6 million.

“Legal” tax dodges like this cost people like me and you (or perhaps our parents) billions. They mean some of the richest people in the UK get away with paying less tax than the poorest. How can we trust George Osborne to be doing all he can to close tax loopholes when he is using them himself? How can we trust him at all? We already see celebrities jetting off to other countries to avoid tax, and now our politicians are up to similar tricks.

I personally am outraged by this and would like to do something about it. Campaign site – 38 Degrees – is petitioning against Osborne’s tax dodges. Click here to sign the petition to George Osborne – “pay your fair share of taxes, George”. 38 Degrees members voted to campaign against tax dodging, sent MPs thousands of e-mails and designed adverts for our national ad campaign against tax cheats. Now they would like your support to tell George Osborne how the nation feel.

For some extra reading, facts and sources –

http://www.38degrees.org.uk
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/episode-guide/series-72/episode-1
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/conservative/8069854/Cabinet-minister-has-investments-in-offshore-tax-haven.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/oct/22/vodafone-tax-case-leaves-sour-taste

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