Posted by Christie Malry on December 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm
The political Right in this country like to talk about the horrors of a “something for nothing” culture. Well, Philip Green pays no tax on his company dividends. He couldn’t give a monkeys about public funds, yet his stores are granted protection by the police force – a public service!
Well, dividends in this country are paid from post-tax corporate profits. So any dividend payments anywhere are made from profits that have already had corporation tax deducted. I put this in bold in case any UKuncutter stumbles by and fails to grasp this most basic of points. Dividends in the UK are double-taxed. So to argue that Green and other bosses "don't give a monkey's about public funds" is crass ignorance of the highest order.
Secondly, Sir Philip didn't actually receive substantial amounts in dividends. His wife did. And she's not British, doesn't live in Britain, doesn't want to live in Britain and - crucially - doesn't want to die in Britain. Given that the UK is generally only able to tax people who either are British or who live in the UK, this is a pretty big stumbling block to taxing Lady Green on her dividend income.
We don't protest the tax 'avoided' by foreigners who receive dividends from other UK listed companies they own, so why does UKuncut get their panties in a bunch over Topshop? Is it because they're woefully confused about the concepts of ownership and management? Or is it because they believe, neanderthal style, that a man owns his wife and they should pay tax as a married unit?
Companies like Topshop also make full use of waste disposal services, the Royal Mail, ambulances, fire service and road maintenance.
How amazing would it be if the unions and the police federation organised to withdraw their labour from these companies? Binmen should refuse to pick up Vodafone’s garbage! The police should refuse to attend demonstrations or arrest shoplifters at Topshop and friends.
It would be equally amazing if other people who don't pay tax, such as the unemployed, disabled, elderly or very young were also excluded from public services. Wouldn't that be 'amazing' too?
Well, it's a good thing for disadvantaged people that the delivery of state services are - mostly - unrelated to how much you pay into them. And that works for Topshop just as it does for anyone else. Just wtf sort of idiotic argument is this UKuncut blogger trying to make?
And finally, it's a good excuse to play this song: