Life is like a box of chocolates

The people at the Mail on Sunday are happily chucking stones from their glass house at the moment.

Aggrieved by Kraft’s plans to  move control of Cadbury to Switzerland, the Mail on Sunday is exhorting readers to sign a pledge not to purchase Kraft products until the company reverses its plans and guarantees that Cadbury will pay all its corporation tax in Britain. The strident, self-righteous patriotic tone of the Mail on Sunday is embarrassing when you consider the status of the paper’s proprietor.

The Mail On Sunday is owned by the Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) , chaired and controlled by billionaire Lord Rothermere, a staunch supporter of Conservative Party leader David Cameron. Rothermere is registered as “non-domiciled” in Britain. This status, inherited from his father, who spent much of his life as a resident of France, allows him to avoid paying UK taxes.

The non-domicile rule is a very curious one. It was introduced centuries ago to allow those who owned land abroad to avoid tax on their colonial wealth unless they brought it back to England. Today, it continues to be exploited by some of the wealthiest people in the country. Having claimed a tenuous link to some other domicile, they escape paying UK tax on their foreign income and capital gains, providing they don’t bring the money into the UK.

The Mail on Sunday’s stance on corporation tax evasion is therefore quite preposterous. Besides, it’s nearly Christmas and I can’t give up chocolate now!

About thespeedofdark

David Winship has written an unauthorised autobiography and several critically disdained literary tomes. His work is frequently compared with Steinbeck, Orwell and Hemingway, but unfortunately Mike Steinbeck, Daisy Orwell and Howard Hemingway were all terrible writers. He has been totally overlooked for the most prestigious literary awards worldwide, which is a shame as most of the words are spelled correctly. In fact, his books contain material that ranks with the finest literary works in history: all the right letters are there, just not necessarily in the right order.

Dave’s blog (The Speed Of Dark Blog) is part of his crusade for truth and justice and universal entitlement to free real ale. It may well be that his whole purpose in life is to serve as a warning to others.

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