One hears a lot of twaddle about tax-dodging companies actually being alright because they are at least providing jobs. Oh, how privileged we are, that we get to feed on the crumbs dropped from the top table. This is, of course, a spurious argument – trickle-down economics is far more a graphic expression of contempt than it is a serious fiscal proposition.
Perhaps clarification is required: major corporations who avoid paying tax are effectively robbing our nation, which means that they are actually stealing from every one of us just as surely as if they were picking the money straight out of our pockets. Our libraries are being closed, our health service is in tatters, our welfare services are being stripped back and our infrastructure is falling into disrepair. In the light of this, continuing to do business with companies who aren’t paying their way is tantamount to buying stolen goods from people who we know for a fact have burgled us.
[Just as an aside, I wonder how much cheaper than the high street the web will be once there’s nothing left on the high street but rip-off coffee shops paying minimum-wage. If you think I’m over-stating the case, just take a look about you next time you take a trip into town.]
Of course, Britain is a country where people continue to knowingly buy goods which have been produced by child-labour or in sweatshops and are somehow able to justify this to themselves because of the piffling savings they make. You carp about companies making moral choices but can’t see any further than your own wallet, no matter what the greater cost. Apathetic bloody simpletons, you deserve everything you get.