Posted by Kevin on January 28, 2016.
David Cameron has a mission – to make the UK the best place to do big business in Europe. There are several approaches he is taking to ensure this…
Make Britain Europe’s big business tax haven
This week he makes much of having screwed £130 million tax out of Google. That’s good. Not so good, beneath the headline, is that this covers the period from 2005. So that’s around £13 million per year paid by a company that takes in billions of pounds each year in UK revenue. A pittance. Still, it ensures that the UK is a good place for big business to do big business in.
Protect big business from the unfair excesses of Europe
The text for Europe’s GDPR has been agreed. Well almost. It contains some 50 elements in which individual countries have some flexibility in implementation (that is, it’s effectively a Directive masquerading as a Regulation). “The Minister [Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Intellectual Property, out of Tesco] said that with respect to such flexibility, the UK would take advantage of “all possible legislative discretion” in order to minimise the burden on business.” (HawkTalk) She will ensure that the UK is a good place for big business to do big business in.
A second approach is to weaken the power of the European Court of Human Rights. This is the court that has struck down both EU data retention and the EU/US safe harbor as being unconstitutional; that is, it is displaying far too much independence to be tolerated. So Cameron threatens to abolish the UK’s Human Rights act, which would effectively extricate the UK from the grip of the European Court of Human Rights. That, in turn, will mean that Cameron will be able to do what the hell he likes, which will ensure that the UK is a good place for big business to do big business in.
Turn the UK into a police state
By monitoring the communications of everybody in the UK, Cameron will be able to reduce cybercrime (obviously it can never be eliminated) and reduce terrorism (obviously it can never be eliminated) at zero expense to the government (if anyone has to pay, it will be passed on to the consumer). But hey, the cost of our liberty is a small price to pay in order to ensure that the UK is a good place for big business to do big business in.
So Cameron will succeed. He will eliminate any protection we might have from the European Court of Human Rights and he will turn the UK into a police state. He will sell this to the people as being good for the economy, while simultaneously selling the people down the river. It will be good for the economy. It will be good for his economy and for the economy of the wealthy. But nothing will trickle down to the poor bloody man in the street. Rather it is the man in the street that will be forced to make up the short-fall in taxes caused by making the UK a good place for big business to do big business in.Submitted in: Expert Views, Kevin Townsend's opinions |