Monthly Archives: February 2013

Associated British Foods story

The piece I wrote yesterday was intended to be mainly about codes of conduct but ended up being about the Action Aid story on ABF, judging by comments. I have to say that I wasn’t talking specifics about the tax … Continue reading

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Codes of conduct – not just about ethics

It looks like Bill Dodwell’s article in Tax Journal (subscription only – sorry) hasn’t gone down well with tax campaigners… One thing I would say is that I think Bill Dodwell is right. Some sort of code of conduct might … Continue reading

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The immorality of ISAs

If the current debate on tax avoidance has cleared up one thing it is this: ISAs are not tax avoidance. I don’t think it was ever otherwise but… are they moral? The accusation levelled time and again at businesses “not … Continue reading

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The man on the Clapham Omnibus versus the man on the street

A lot of people appear to have started using the phrase “the man on the Clapham omnibus” recently. Unfortunately most people are using it as a slightly pretentious way of referring to the man on the street. The man on … Continue reading

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A not so good afterthought on the Starbucks story…

One of the things that stuck in my mind in the Starbucks press narrative was the superficial comparison of different companies that trade in the UK and the royalties they pay. Starbucks’ royalties were cited at 6%, whereas McDonalds and … Continue reading

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