And here’s an ignorant tosser then

I’m sure your readers will have picked up that the 3% tax that Google has apparently paid is the usual extractive industries rate paid to developing countries for their exploitation of those countries’ natural resources. That pretty well sums up Osborne’s vision for Britain: a developing country with low-paid wage serfs – how else do you describe someone on a zero hours, minimum wage contract; and with all the profits flowing to multinationals or a tiny, self-perpetuating elite. Have we really got to wait five years to throw the scoundrels out?
Simon Diggins
Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

The 3% is not a portion of profits: it’s a portion of sales. But over and above that the average pay to Google’s UK employees is apparently £160k a year.

Low-paid wage serfs, eh?

31 thoughts on “And here’s an ignorant tosser then”

  1. All of the recent tax-shite in general indicates how we will lose the war if the lefts stranglehold on the media cannot be broken. The same lies are repeated over and over–via the papers, via the glass toilet–and in time they gain belief. A few blogs–read by people with some brains–can’t counter the tide of leftist shite.

    The control of most media by the state–in the sense of needing licence to broadcast etc must end, This will not stop leftists slinging their shite but it will smash their ability to deliver the same lies in many media.

    End the BBC and state-meddling free broadcast rights for all. That will end wall-to-wall leftist lies. No more ” see some tax shite on the BBC, open your supposed Tory newspaper and have the exact same shite re-gurgitated there also” routine.
    Wall to wall lies is how the enemy class have managed to get their tripe up and flying so to speak.

    Time it was stopped.

  2. I don’t recall Labour lifting a finger on multinational profits back when they were in power. It wasn’t that long ago!

  3. Also interesting that all the multinationals are owned by “the elite”.

    There are a few big companies mostly owned by a handful of billionaires, but what % by value of the FTSE100 or Dow is owned by small investors and pension funds?

    “Shareholders” seem more likely to be a little old lady (middle class admittedly) than someone from “the elite” but it’d be interesting to know the numbers.

  4. I worked for an ex-REME colonel in the oil business once. A fat, bald, braying fool there were few concepts he could grasp but that didn’t prevent him speaking authoritatively on minor issues of no importance as his business collapsed around him. But – and this is probably why he got to be colonel – he had a canny knack of arse licking those above him and shitting on everyone below him, hence he seemed to do rather well. Or at least, while oil was at $100+

  5. “how else do you describe someone on a zero hours, minimum wage contract; and with all the profits flowing to multinationals or a tiny, self-perpetuating elite.”

    Well in the case.of Google it’s employees earn fair deal more than that, with the one tax and NIC flowing into the Treasury’s coffers. Although I have heard that may change, with Google more than a little bit sick of the treatment it has received.

    “Self perpetuating elite”? Really? The guides of Apple and Microsoft and Facebook all part of a self – perpetuating elite? News to them.

  6. Ah, yes, how to become a General, or, the 40-year, sudden death, ass kissing contest. Politics is just about the only field someone who has spent 40 years as an officer is suited too.

  7. If the extractive industries are only paying the host governments 3% in taxes, one would expect that they haven’t felt much of an impact from the fall in oil prices. But instead we’re seeing Azerbaijan about to default, the Kazakh Tenge falling through the floor, Nigeria teetering on the brink of ruin, and Angola facing huge budget shortfalls.

    Strange that 3% has such an impact.

  8. @TW – is that 3% of gross revenue, as royalty usually works? I’ve been working on “a thing” in the Middle East where the *royalty* rate starts at 5% of gross revenue. Oooh, wicked. Then as the costs are recovered, it slides up to 20% and the government share of profits slides from 20% up to 90%. Disgusting that Western corporations can get away with fleecing governments like that

  9. In Queensland, royalties vary according to mineral type and price. If the price of coal is $100 or less, we pay $7 per tonne, but we still pay corporate taxes on top of that, and of course the well paid employees all pay taxes.

    We are heavily subsidised because we get a rebate of the fuel tax for road maintenance on vehicles that never see a road.

  10. @ Rob
    We’re too disparate a bunch for there to be any simple answer.
    Thirty years ago there were over 10 million individual shareholders to whom the profits were flowing through dividends and/or capital appreciation. [Of course that excludes non-shareholders who benefited via the equity investments of their pension funds’]

  11. At least this Diggins used “elite”, rather than “elites”.

    As far as I understand it, “elite” can still be a compliment, as in “elite troops”.

    “Elites” can only ever mean “cabal of cock-juggling arse-badgers”.

    I suspect he was a grammar boy and made a mistake through habit.

  12. He graduated in 1981, spent one year at Sandhurst (1981-2), left army in 2014 and has 35 years military experience including 36 years as an army officer (starting in 1978 although he got commissioned as a 2nd Lt in 1982) and 1 year doing a MPhil at Cambridge.
    “Who do you think you’re fooling Mr …” er, Diggins?

  13. “Oh my word, this stupid cunt is ex-army and and failed Labour candidate in the last GE.” Alas, I’d hoped to see a corporal’s stripes and a toothbrush moustache, but it was just a photo of an ordinary fat bore.

  14. “Low-paid wage serfs, eh?”

    And you wonder why I say these fuckers are just antisemites in new clothes. Sorry, you can assume good faith only up to a point, and when they repeatedly and knowingly regurgitate old-fashioned antisemitic propaganda with one word taken out, it’s well past that point.

  15. There’s a surprising number of lefty throbbers in the ranks Maj to Col. Bitter at not making General, guilty at having come from middle class backgrounds, idle as haven’t tied their own shoelaces in thirty years, believing themselves the champions of the blokes (because the blokes have been unable to explain to them what utter cuntmonkeys they are for reasons of good discipline) and utterly fucking infested with managerialese, strategies and what not. If you believe in central planning – and people like this fat fucker do in their bones – then this is what you get. Never fired a shot in anger, never seen a shot fired in anger. OBE? Wanker. That will be all.

  16. I happen to do a little work for a company started by a South African (now a billionaire, but had fuck all but brains when he started). He bought a British company and pitched up at a board meeting (chaired by a peer) where they were discussing which particular knob should be on the ethics committee or the audit committee. His contribution was “who’s going to be on the fucking profit committee?”

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  18. (starting in 1978 although he got commissioned as a 2nd Lt in 1982) and 1 year doing a MPhil at Cambridge.

    Not quite. From the Gazette:

    16 Oct 78
    Short Serv. Limited Comms.:
    2nd Lt. (on probation) S. L. C. DIGGINS (505472) R.R.F. commm. is terminated, 27th Sep. 1978.

    18 Feb 80
    Simon Leo Carr DIGGINS (505742) 6 R.R.F. (formerly 2nd Lt. (on probation) Short Serv. Limited Commn.) to be 2nd Lt. (on probation), 23rd Nov. 1979.

    Sounds like he got a university cadetship in his second year at Durham, following his one-year SSLC.

    Doesn’t make him any the better …

  19. believing themselves the champions of the blokes (because the blokes have been unable to explain to them what utter cuntmonkeys they are for reasons of good discipline) and utterly fucking infested with managerialese, strategies and what not. If you believe in central planning – and people like this fat fucker do in their bones – then this is what you get

    Yup, you’ve just described my ex-boss. He was obsessed with “synergies” and “quick wins” when all we really needed him to do was ensure our client agreed to what we did and held them to account when they inevitably changed their minds.

  20. I got a reply back from muggins: first he wanted to know how I got his email address, and I told him it was on his LinkedIn page. Then he said he was not prepared to correspond with me because he didn’t know me. I asked him why he needed to know me to clarify the source of that 3% figure, and he said he needed to exercise caution because he stood as a parliamentary candidate last May.

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