Like this is going to work

Internet giants could be penalised through taxes if they fail to cooperate with government efforts to fight terrorism and online extremism, the minister of state for security has said.

I thought the main complaint was that we can’t tax these internet giants in the first place?

13 comments on “Like this is going to work

  1. “Penalised throught taxes” is a euphemism for “fined”. And we have no problem fining them.

  2. Wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out to be cheaper to pay these fines (not taxes) rather than try to meet populist expectations of ‘fighting’ ‘terrorism’.

  3. I once punched the postman because he delivered a nasty letter from the BBC.

    The magistrate didn’t quite see it like the Government does.

  4. We can’t tax them under current laws but everyone knows if you tack on “terrorism” or “think of the children” then you can create any new “tax” (or anything else for that matter) that you want!!

  5. I don’t want to give them any ideas, but presumably they could impose some sort of fee on the advertisers, rather than the platform? For example, if Tesco want to spend £5 million on Google ads, they can pay an additional “community support tax” Of a further £5m to help support “the traditional retail sector”. Or something.

  6. I look forward to single mothers being penalised through taxes for not co-operating with the government’s programme to bring down economic inequality.

    And the idle being penalised through taxes for not co-operating with the government’s programme to bring down the unemployment rate.

    This could be fun.

  7. Interesting use of the word “penalised” by the Guardian there; by the same token, it’s also interesting that Staatssicherheitsminister Wallace used the word “incentivise”.

  8. In Planning Control I came across lots of instances of developers prefering to pay fines for removing protected trees rather than going to the effort required to keep the trees. Basic cost-benefit analysis.

  9. So what happens if Google/Faceache/Twatter decides, “fuck it, this is far too hard” and shuts down their UK offices and operations? Can we expect The Great Firewall of UK to stop us accessing their services?

    And woe betide any politician who proposes that solution, although I might be cheering I expect millions won’t.

  10. @jgh it’s amazing how many competent machine operators just happen to have a slip up right over the root system and damaging trees in such a manner that it’s safer to take them down

  11. @ jgh
    I can remember the guy in “The Chicken Shop” commenting on the number of “accidental” fires in the building opposite until it finally burnt down and the landowners could build a much-more-valuable offie block instead. Ironically the office market slumped while they were clearing the rubble from the site and it ended up as an upmarket sandwich/take-away shop instead.

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