The UK Gold is being screened across the country- and it will be shown in Manchester on the opening day of the Conservative Party Conference. Find out more here:
Private Eye has published this week a report by investigative journalist- and ex taxman- Richard Brooks on how Britain has turned itself into a global tax haven for multinational corporations.
The report explains how companies in the UK strip income out of taxpayers' pockets; and how they are advised by government officials on how to go on about it. This week one of them even has swiftly lost his position following an investigation by BBC's flagship Panorama programme- entitled, quite aptly, 'Tax, lies and videotape'.
While companies seem to have a very easy life in UK tax havens and stack up a lot of cash, Oxfam this week has warned that in Europe by 2020 there will be 25m 'new poor' caused by cuts and austerity measures- and 2.7m alone of those will be in the UK. There is something utterly perverse about a political and economic system which protects a very few and their privileges with a self righteous vengeance, while the rest of us
are left to fight amongst ourselves for the crumbs.
Last year, during the 2012 London Olympic Games, a vicar - yes, a London vicar - Father William Taylor - set out to shed light on Britain's offshore tax havens. And his story is brilliantly narrated by Dominic West, in 'The UK Gold', a documentary by Mark Donne about Britain's tax havens and the City's more and more shameless tax dodgers.
Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Robert Del Naja (Massive Attack) and Guy Garvey (Elbow) have all contributed to the original sound score. There are all the ideal ingredients to make this a film simply wicked.
On the opening day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, thousands are to descend on the 'rainy city' to protest against cuts to the NHS, and the erosion of the basic principles upon which it was founded in 1948: the delivery of healthcare that meets the needs of all, free for all at the point of delivery, and based on clinical
need and not ability to pay.
On the same day Oxfam is showing 'The UK Gold' in Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street. The screening will be followed by a debate with Ben Phillips, Oxfam Campaigns Director, and Matti Kohonen, Oxfam Development Finance and Public Services advisor, on what we can do to turn this twisted tale of tax and lies into a fairer tax system for all.
To reserve a space, please RSVP here: www.theukgoldmanchester.eventbrite.co.uk