Greedy gits

Costa Blanca News (South Edition) - - The British Scene by Tom Draper -

One rule for the rich and to hell with ev­ery­one else. Wasn't it ever thus? The Par­adise Pa­pers tax avoid­ance story is one of greed, pure and sim­ple. The mega leak of mil­lions of doc­u­ments has re­vealed how the uber wealthy elite, their plat­inum-gilded snouts bur­rowed deeply into the trough get even richer through le­gal, but murky ma­noeu­vres that rob the rest of so­ci­ety of money that could be spent on im­por­tant things like hos­pi­tals, schools, roads and ben­e­fits for the needy. It's an opaque world pop­u­lated by pops stars, politi­cians, ac­tors, roy­alty and busi­ness ti­tans who use off­shore ac­count­ing gym­nas­tics to avoid pay­ing their fair share.

One par­tic­u­lar stom­achchurn­ing ex­am­ple is that of Bono, who in my mind de­serves the riches that come his way for his mu­si­cal out­put. He has more money than Mi­das could ever have wished for and if he never earned an­other penny his qual­ity of life wouldn’t be af­fected one iota. Yet, he’s hold­ing out for even more. It’s this that is so sick­en­ing.

The sanc­ti­mo­nious U2 front­man was re­vealed to be one of the own­ers of a Lithua­nian shop­ping mall that’s un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for po­ten­tial tax avoid­ance. Pre­vi­ously when chal­lenged about his band's de­ci­sion to run some of its busi­ness af­fairs through the Nether­lands in­stead of Ire­land the singer made no apolo­gies. Just re­mem­ber that the next time he's talk­ing about help­ing the world's poor. He has sought out ac­coun­tants who through skill, cun­ning and ex­pert knowl­edge of loop­holes al­low him to squir­rel away some of his wealth in tax havens. He bangs on about in­equal­ity yet ac­tions such as these have con­trib­uted to its as­ton­ish­ing global rise. When­ever I hear the word hyp­ocrite it's al­ways Bono's face that comes to mind.

Taxes are not just for the lit­tle peo­ple but it’s go­ing to take one mighty reg­u­la­tory crack­down to get the greedy global elite to cough up. One car, three dif­fer­ent pow­er­trains: Plug-in, Hy­brid, Elec­tric. No one has done this un­til now. #Gen­eraciónIONIQ

When­ever I hear the word hyp­ocrite it's al­ways Bono's face that comes to mind, taxes are not just for the lit­tle peo­ple

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