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Amazon’s about to get more expensive

THE EU has finally woken up to that despicable little bit of tax dodging:

Amazon is to be stripped of its huge tax advantage on the sales of electronic books after the European commission ordered Luxembourg to close a

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Posted: 25th, October 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why is Barroso lying to us about the Robin Hood Tax?

A CERTAIN Mr. Barroso tells us today that the Robin Hood Tax is a really wonderful idea:

Mr Barroso said the legal requirements and conditions had been met and he did not believe the tax would undermine the single

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Posted: 24th, October 2012 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Climate Change will not mean you die from malaria

ONE of the things we’re often told about climate change is that the increasing heat will bring back malaria. As temperatures rise then the mozzies that carry it will be able to live further north and thus we’ll all die … READ ON

Posted: 23rd, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apparently eBay’s dodging taxes too

EBAY is dodging taxes. Or so said the Sunday Times over the weekend. The company, instead of collecting money for stuff here in the UK collects it through it’s Luxembourg PayPal company. So all the taxes get collected over there, … READ ON

Posted: 22nd, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The best placards from the TUC anti-austerity march

AT yesterday’s TUC march, aside from watching Ed Miliband’s train face, the eyes were on the placards. Could they be funny?

tuc-placard-plebs

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Posted: 21st, October 2012 | In: Money, Politicians, Reviews | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Making petrol from air

I’VE no idea whether this is just a spoof story that’s been fed to the Telegraph or whether there really are some people sufficiently deluded to think that this is a good idea. But there’s a story today that you … READ ON

Posted: 20th, October 2012 | In: Money, Technology | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Help us choose what Apple will say in its Samsung ads

THIS is rather a fun little court ruling. After all the piling onto Samsung that Apple have done in courtrooms around the world now they’ve got to run ads in the UK praising them.

Well, Apple has just lost

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Posted: 19th, October 2012 | In: Money, Technology | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Google, Facebook, Starbucks: The Guardian on how much UK tax corporates pay

THIS is obviously part of a coordinated effort to get something or other changed. The constant drip drip of stories about how much tax multi-national companies are paying in the UK. There are however two basic faults with the whole … READ ON

Posted: 17th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comments (3) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Those godless Tories are slashing Government to the bone!

THE Tories are slashing Government to the bone. That’s what we’re told over in The Guardian. It’s just appalling, the damage that the Tories are doing to the State.

Strip away the usual economic and financial alibis for … READ ON

Posted: 17th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Britain’s not as unequal as you think

WE hear a lot of wailing about how Britain is more unequal than many other European countries. It’s all down to neoliberalism of course: us bastard capitalist grinding the faces of the poor into the dust. However, the country’s really … READ ON

Posted: 16th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


It just ain’t tax avoidance folks

MUCH has been made in the past couple of days of the way that Facebook doesn’t pay any corporation tax in the UK despite selling £175 million of ads here. The same has been said in the past about Google, … READ ON

Posted: 12th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The New Economics Foundation are insane

THIS won’t come as much surprise to close observers but the New Economics Foundation seem to have gone well past the woo barrier into entire insanity.

Radicals have long understood the importance of the garden. Now the New Economics

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Posted: 11th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The machines are going to steal all our jobs!

LUDDISM is alive and well in the modern world. The idea that as the machines do more and more of the work then there just won’t be enough jobs to go around. Here is The Economist worrying about that very … READ ON

Posted: 10th, October 2012 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The most hardcore pawn shop in Mississippi

DYNAMIC pawn “for a new breed of pawn shop”. Just look for the big balls in Mississippi:

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Posted: 9th, October 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Yeah, Facebook and Twitter are good, but better than sex?

THE Mail seems to be saying that checking Facebook and Twitter are better than having sex. Sure, the two little technology products are pretty good but seriously, better than sex?

Checking social networking sites is more tempting than sex

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Posted: 9th, October 2012 | In: Money, Technology | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The glory of green energy: only three years until the lights go out

WELL isn’t this an interesting how d’ye do then?  It would appear that we’ve a more than just minor chance of the lights going out in about three years’ time:

The UK risks energy shortages by 2015 or 2016,

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Posted: 9th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


You have too much Government when you can investigate a dead fish in Texas

I THINK we’d all agree (OK, you anarchists at the back can shut up) that we do in fact need to have some government. Making sure there’s only one Army seems like a good idea, we need some method of … READ ON

Posted: 5th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why the Euro bailout just won’t work

AMBROSE Evans Pritchard over at the Telegraph has a great little piece about why the basic method being used in the eurozone bailout just won’t work. It’s here and is probably really for geeks and wonks. But to simplify … READ ON

Posted: 5th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The stupidity of new banking regulations

IT’S said of Generals that they’re always ready to fight the last war. That they would have been just perfect at fighting WWI in 1939, that in 1914 they knew just how the Crimean War should have been done. But … READ ON

Posted: 4th, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Is it necessary to be dim to write on feminism for the Guardian?

WE’VE another of those interminable pieces about how there just aren’t that many women in the tech industry. The actual reason goes entirely unmentioned: which is that, on average, men and women are different.

Simon Baron Cohen has proven this … READ ON

Posted: 2nd, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Guardian get 50 loons to explain climate change

TO celebrate the fact that we’ve only got 50 months to save Gaia from being boiled as we sleep in our beds The Guardian has invited 50 extremist nutters serious thinkers to contribute their view of what must be changed. … READ ON

Posted: 1st, October 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why are they being so stupid about minimum pricing for booze?

I’VE been saying, as have many others, for years now that this idea of minimum pricing for booze just won’t work. For it’s illegal under EU law:

David Cameron’s plans to introduce minimum prices for alcohol to tackle Britain’s

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Posted: 28th, September 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The real problem in Spain is the provincial governments

WE’VE a very interesting little stand off developing in Spain. It’s just all rather more complicated that it at first seems.

OK, so we know that the country can’t afford to pay  6% or more on its borrowings forever. It … READ ON

Posted: 27th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why we don’t want a mansion tax

SIMON Jenkins manages to get it right today. Which is a real surprise for something about tax in The Guardian.

This Lib Dem idea of a mansion tax is simply stupid. You’d need to set up an entirely new … READ ON

Posted: 26th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Kieran Allen writes the world’s most loaded resignation letter

THIS is how you resign:

From:  Kieran Allen
Sent: 25 September 2012 08:11
To: MEC London UK All Staff
Subject: Leaving

Hello ****,

It feels quite strange to be writing my leaving speech after 2 1/2 yrs. of loyal service

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Posted: 26th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comments (8) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0