Bragg goes af­ter the fat cats

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music News -

Billy Bragg has taken a stand against Bri­tish bankers earn­ing ex­ces­sive bonuses in the midst of an eco­nomic down­turn. In­dig­nant that high-fly­ing bankers should be paid more in bonuses than the av­er­age ci­ti­zen earns in a year, Bragg has called for Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer Alis­tair Dar­ling to set a limit of £25,000. The singer is es­pe­cially out­raged at the Royal Bank of Scot­land pay­ing its chiefs bonuses, as it was one of the banks saved from fi­nan­cial ruin with tax­pay­ers’ money.

As well as set­ting up a protest group on Face­book called “No Bonus 4 RBS”, Bragg has said that he won’t com­plete his tax re­turn for 2009 un­til Dar­ling takes action. The group al­ready has more than 31,000 mem­bers, and urges tax­pay­ers to write to the Chan­cel­lor. “If noth­ing else, we may dis­cover if peo­ple in this coun­try care more about bankers bonuses than they do about who will be the Xmas No 1,” he said, re­fer­ring to the re­cent anti-X Fac­tor Face­book cam­paign.

Billy Bragg: no longer talk­ing with the tax man

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