How excellent

Twelve EU countries, including Ireland, have blocked a proposed new rule that would have forced multinational companies to reveal how much profit they make and how little tax they pay in each of the 28 member states.

Isn’t democracy wonderful?

31 comments on “How excellent

  1. Of course, the people who need to know this information (the tax authorities in each country) already have it.

    It’s just snoopers like Spud who won’t know.

    Of course, Spud could set a fine example by publishing his own tax returns, but he won’t.

  2. O/T but this morning Murphy has declared that every Conservative voter lacks any “self respect or decency”. Incredible stuff!

  3. O/T but this morning Murphy has declared that every Conservative voter lacks any “self respect or decency”. Incredible stuff!

    Projection in its purest form.

  4. Surely that’s it for Murphy and the EU now?

    His entire raison d’etre is, metaphorically, to inspect the stools of businesses and individuals for information that would help to extract as much tax as possible from them.

    He can’t continue to want the UK to remain any longer now can he, can he?

    That would be as ridiculous as a UK socialist wanting maximum state intervention that is incompatible with EU law and principles and also wanting to remain in the EU.

    Oh, wait……

  5. ..and of course no-one gives a fuck what we may think about it at all any more… yay. Still not to worry , the UK is on course on course to be the sort of swashbuckling zippy tiger economy you presumably had in mind …
    Bit of minor problem with a growing list of sectors requiring protection with farming top of the list natch and a choice between a lying borrowing taxing spending shambles and .,…Jeremy Corbyn.
    The problem with you lot is historical and cultural illiteracy
    Basically you forgot the Socialism part of National Socialism…the collectivist part of ethnic collectivism ..the ” We” bit of ” we must kick out the darkies ” .

    “I fucking told you so ” does feel good , but money feels better

  6. @Newmania – November 29, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I’ve just done something that I rarely do – ie bothered to read, in full, one of your postings – so that’s a couple of minutes of my life that I’ll never get back. Do you create them by using a more sophisticated version of the old Honeywell “SIMP” Generator or simply by throwing darts at an old copy of the OED?

    My dear old chap, I really feel that you should either have a nice cup of tea and a lie-down, or failing that, “take a lot more water with it”. It might make your alphabet soup ramblings a tad more cohesive – not to mention, more comprehensible.

  7. “Ein Volk” Newmania says: we must kick out the darkies

    I like your manifesto
    Put it to the testo*

    *Apart from the incredibly fit** ones like everyone’s favourite Asian babe Priti. Woof!

    **I suppose you’ll want to keep Chukka for that reason

  8. @Newmania

    Tiger economy? Not like Ireland I hope.

    The most wonderful thing about tiggers, is that I’m the only one!

  9. Newmania -“a growing list of sectors requiring protection with farming top of the list”- you take the requiring as said ….. it isn’t. But i’ll grant you there’s a more than zero probability Boris will get the cheque book out for farmers. I’d rather he didn’t, but you see it still it makes a difference that its someone i can vote for or vote against that is doing the splurging.

  10. Murphy has lost the plot today “all tory voters lack decency”..even his allies are getting a kicking when they suggest they may slightly over the top..this is all too much for him

  11. You don’t have to settle for bitter Facepaint.

    Vote for Jizz–and watch him take every last penny you have in the world.

    And also remembering that he can’t do his nationalising schtick inside your precious fucking EU. So you can’t even really trust him any more than Leavers can.

  12. Paul – there’s a somewhat amusing line in progland that goes something like this:

    “Them bastard Tory voters are too stupid to vote for their own interests!”

    Apparently it’s in our interest to vote for the loony left party that wants to tax everything that moves, nationalise everything that doesn’t, and invite 7 billion foreigners to come here and vote Labour.

    Oh yeah, and just yesterday the Labour candidate for Falkirk, a lady with the delightful Scottish name of Safia Ali, was dropped over hatred of Jews. Bit of a theme developing there.

    It’s amazing how a third of the electorate still supports that shower.

  13. Spud seems to think people change sex as they get older……

    “What this election is about is whether or not people are foolish enough to believe that a man who has already proved himself so untrustworthy should run the country.

    Apparently older people who tend to be men think he is.

    Younger people, more likely to be women, don’t.”

  14. The problem with you lot is historical and cultural illiteracy

    Your problem is functional illiteracy.

    And being a cunt of course. I notice that you’ve given up pretending to be a decent small c patriot done wrong by the forces of Brexit.

    Murphy has declared that every Conservative voter lacks any “self respect or decency”. Incredible stuff!

    Well, not that incredible. One of the notable attributes of the rotten-to-the-core left is how it projects its malice onto decent people.

    100 million dead from Socialism, but ‘them Tories are evil’.

  15. @Steve – voting in your own interest is racist, you swine!

    Unless of course you are voting (repeatedly) in the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets, Bradford, Dewsbury etc

  16. Newmania

    Various very stupid people claim that UK agriculture will suffer terribly as a result of Brexit. (David Gauke for example). And it is likely that some sectors within agriculture suffer. However, in aggregate the European Commission projects that a WTO Brexit “could be an opportunity for the UK’s agri-food sectors as a whole.” Page 35. “The case of the UK is worthy of mention because Brexit would cause British agri-food value-added to increase by 2.1%.” Page 36.

    http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2017/602008/IPOL_STU(2017)602008_EN.pdf

    https://www.politico.eu/article/david-gauke-uk-justice-secretary-warm-beer-and-the-existential-brexit-threat-to-uk-tories/

    It is important to actually read proper analysis. Gauke – being a remainer obviously didnt.

  17. Younger people, more likely to be women

    Possible if the UK had a higher death rate for young males than females, or some sex selection had been going on (but in our new vibrant communities that tends to go the other way, not that Progressives like to notice that)

  18. ” But i’ll grant you there’s a more than zero probability Boris will get the cheque book out for farmers.”

    While as a farmer I’m not going to refuse any cash the government decides to throw at me, I have to suspect that any future system of payments to farmers will benefit those working for the State and its favoured semi-State bodies (National Trust/Charities) as much as actual farmers. All the talk is of ‘environmental’ payments in the future, and you can bet your bottom dollar that a good deal of that money will end up in the pockets of those tasked with implementing it, ‘advisers’, and those large land owning bodies able to afford to pay said advisers to make the applications (which of course will be fiendishly complicated, in order to justify all the civil servants nice well paid jobs and pensions). The amount trickling down to a bloke who lives in wellies all the time will probably be a fraction of the total spend.

    The one advantage of the current system is that its not that hard to get the money so it tends to get to every farm in the land however small. The new system will I suspect favour the big corporate landowners over the small owner occupiers.

  19. Twelve EU countries, including Ireland, have blocked a proposed new rule that would have forced multinational companies to reveal how much profit they make and how little tax they pay in each of the 28 member states.

    What makes this all the more glorious is that The Guardian published this on the same day Richard Murphy declared that sustainable cost accounting must be made compulsory.

  20. He’s sounding increasingly desperate. If the Conservatives get an overall majority Ritchie will be 66 by the end of their next term and too old for a job if Labour get in. A Labour win (in some form) is his only hope of a job in the UK now.

  21. Don’t be too sure of that, Mr Jones.

    Remember Roy Hattersley? Somehow or other he parlayed his useless, foam-flecked tub-of-lard routine into mensch elder statesman-cum-intellectual.

    See also: other useless tubs of lard and narcissistic failures such as Chris Patten, Peter Mandelson and Will Hutton.

    Their failure never dims their success. A bit like Frank Dobson and his Bloomsbury flat.

    One has to accept, it is a skill. A contemptible skill, but a skill, nevertheless.

  22. @Ken November 29, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for info

    @Jim November 29, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    +1

    You forgot to include the fines for not submitting forms online on time using approved software

  23. Isn’t ‘you lot’ one of those racist dog whistles and a form of triggering language like the use of ‘you people’ which got Don Cherry fired

  24. Murphy has declared that every Conservative voter lacks any “self respect or decency”. Incredible stuff!

    Not really. What you are seeing – and will see much more of – is the British variation of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    If Boris wins (likely) and actually pushes Brexit through (iffy) then you will get it full blown.

  25. @ Andrew C
    The Office for National Statistics informs us that a majority of older people are women and a majority of young people below a certain age (which changes from year to year but is always more than 1) are male.
    But we already know that Murphy is usually wrong

  26. Dear Mr Worstall

    “Isn’t democracy wonderful?”

    It would be if we had it, and if we had, there would only be 27 member states.

    @ Newmania November 29, 2019 at 10:54 am

    “Still not to worry , the UK is on course on course (sic) to be the sort of swashbuckling zippy tiger economy you presumably had in mind …”

    Tiger economies occur when an economy is allowed by neoliberal policies and a relatively corruption-free government to catch up with the advanced economies, starting from a base close to absolute poverty.

    If that nice Mr Corbyn gets in and progresses us to the economic level of Venezuela or Zimbabwe, then we would reach tiger status during the subsequent 20 or 30 or so years of conservative governments.

    Hope this helps.

    DP

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