A letter a day to number 10. No 1,403
Friday 15 April 2016.
Dear Mr Cameron,
Following the handing over of the HSBC files to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the subsequent investigation, just one prosecution was made although HMRC did manage to offer an amnesty to 3,600 UK customers identified as potentially hiding their money in Switzerland. Nor did HSBC face any formal action from the Financial Conduct Authority.
The Financial Times has revealed that there are unlikely to be any prosecutions arising from the Panama papers scandal though a few individuals might be embarrassed by the revelations. It’s kind of cute when you think about it, some wealthy criminal suffering a little pink flush in an awkward social situation. Bless.
So, well, anyway, that’s that then eh? Another triumph for those who wilfully decide not to contribute to the countries and societies which support and sustain them in their accumulation of wealth.
Not so the hapless recipients of welfare though, the jobseekers and low paid, the sick and disabled and the homeless. Without trial or consultation, the DWP arbitrarily and routinely removes the means of survival from millions of people, 900,000 JSA sanctions in the year April 2013 and March 2014 alone. The single factor that unites them all is the crime of being poor and therefore easy meat for a predatory government to pick on.
Remember George Osborne in his 2015 summer budget speech saying ‘those who oppose any savings to Tax Credits will have to explain how on earth they propose to eliminate the deficit, let alone run a surplus and pay down debt’? Indeed, for who else is there to eliminate the deficit and pay down debt if not the poor?
A Tax Justice Network (USA) report reveals that between $21 – $32 trillion is stashed away globally in tax havens and HMRC basically can’t touch a penny of it. It was your government that opposed EU plans to ‘combat industrial-scale tax avoidance’, bearing in mind that tax avoidance schemes are legal instruments for withholding tax, so that’s before we even get to illegal tax evasion.
It comes down to this, the poor are being deprived of food and shelter and vital aid whilst the rich accumulate ever more wealth whilst avoiding and evading paying money that would prevent poor people from suffering and dying. I don’t know how that looks to you, Mr Cameron, watching you in parliament I’m guessing it amuses you and provides plenty of ammunition to make cheap jibes at those who oppose you. To me it looks like what it is, an obscenity without precedent in post war Britain, an evil so vast and so craven there aren’t even words to describe it. Is this what a generation sacrificed their lives for?