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Scamming Scum In Govt Circles Held To A Count!

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That Really hit the funny bone! :rolleyes:

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Chaos As Tax Protesters Target Topshop

Saturday December 04, 2010

Jo Couzens, Sky News Online

Protesters took over one of the UK's busiest stores today, forcing it to close its doors to customers, in a demonstration against tax avoidance by big businesses.

Topshop's flagship branch in London's Oxford Street is one of a series of stores where campaigners gathered in high streets across the country.

Protests were also planned for towns and cities including Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.

The West End protest started at 11am when protesters met up inside Topshop and started blowing whistles and chanting as the store experienced one of its busiest shopping days of the year.

Many campaigners were forcibly removed from the premises by private security guards and police.

One campaigner, who wished to be known only as Lucy, said: "I am a peaceful protester. A woman was being thrown out of the store and I objected so I was picked up by two private security men.

"They lifted me by my ankles and my hair. It was quite scary really."

Security guards also removed journalists from the store. One female reporter was carried out by her arms and legs.

The activists, from UK Uncut, said they targeted the shop because it was part of Sir Philip Green's Arcadia retail group.

A spokeswoman for the group said: "Tax avoidance is a big issue and we believe this is the alternative to the cuts the Government are making."

One protester, Ed Greens?, 20 from north west London, said: "We know that Topshop owes the Government £1.2bn tax; together with companies like Vodafone, big businesses owe £126bn.

"We are taking direct action on companies like Topshop which avoid large amounts of tax."

Similar action was being taken in 16 towns and cities as part of UK Uncut, with Arcadia - which includes Topshop and Dorothy Perkins - its main target, along with Boots, HSBC, Barclays and Vodafone.

The group also criticised the coalition Government's decision to seek Sir Philip's advice on efficiency cuts in the Civil Service.

He produced a report in October, which described "staggering" wastage in Whitehall spending.

In the face of cuts, the campaigners are also launching the Big Society Revenue and Customs - claiming its "army of citizen volunteers" will make wealthy tax avoiders pay.

"David Cameron wants ordinary people in their spare time to carry out vital state-run services that have been cut, so this is exactly what we're doing," Uncut UK spokesman Daniel Garvin said.

"If HMRC won't chase down tax avoiders, then we will." :ph34r::lol:

These 'private' security firms employed against ordinary citizens by big business increasingly look like a seperate militia!

So what are 'they' up to?

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These 'private' security firms employed against ordinary citizens by big business increasingly look like a seperate militia!

So what are 'they' up to?

This is getting worrying. Nobody minds 'Fred the Security' all on his own in the local shop, but when large numbers are employed, apparently with a rank structure similar to that of the Police and wearing dark uniforms, you get in fact a private army..........which is illegal.

Police themselves need to get back to their traditional uniform and helmet to avoid any confusion in the minds of the public. Security guards should not be allowed to wear blue.

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Isn't it 'held to account'?

There are loads of counts doing a load of non-accounting.

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As a self-elected member of the grammar police, I agree with you. But on hpc I have given up. The task is too big. :)

Held to A Count as in "the sums avoided - but are well known" is pefikly axeptable - so 'G' off :P

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