Well, yes, they probably should

Outspoken Ryanair boss, Michael O’Leary said the Irish government should tell the EU to “f**k off”.

O’Leary labelled EU’s ruling that Apple should pay Ireland £11 billion in back taxes “bizarre”, and said, ”one of the fundamental principles of the European Union is that each country has its autonomy to make its own tax decisions.

“Frankly the Irish government should turn around – they shouldn’t even appeal the decision – they should just write a letter to Europe and tell them politely to f**k off.

9 thoughts on “Well, yes, they probably should”

  1. Oddly enough, he was so pro-remain that he made a song and dance about offering cheap flights from Ireland to the UK on the referendum day, so all those eligible to vote could and would vote remain.

  2. Good god, I haven’t been to the independents site in years. The writing is awful. Also: I thought that the Independent was supposed to be neutral? It makes the canary look like the telegraph in places.

  3. @ John Squire It is without doubt the least appropriately named ‘newspaper’…

    As for O’Leary, this is wonderful! this is the man that was going to move all future investment away from the UK because of Brexit….

  4. gunker +1

    You can by all means tell them you don’t want to remain a member of their club. If, however, you do want to remain a member and want to lecture those who are leaving the club, well then you can observe the club’s rules and you can observe them with a big smile on your face.

  5. So Much For Subtlety

    Ironman – “If, however, you do want to remain a member and want to lecture those who are leaving the club, well then you can observe the club’s rules and you can observe them with a big smile on your face.”

    Unless, of course, you’re a Muslim. Then if someone suggests that perhaps membership of the club involves observation of the club’s rules, such as not raping twelve year old girls for instance, Rusty will leap into action and accuse them of racism.

    Clearly Apple should claim that Steve Jobs got visions while sitting in a cave that means European laws do not apply to them. That will make Rusty go all flaccid until someone objects at which point he will become as hard as steel with rage, bile and vitriol. Not aimed at the child rapists of course. Merely at the people who object.

    It is a funny old world we live in.

    Clearly, like most SJWs, Apple did not think ordinary laws applied to them. Their experience with the Clintons would make that appear a sensible assumption. But they seem to have under-estimated the European’s desperate desire for more revenue.

  6. Look upon Apple’s tax bill as karma. They overcharge for pretty well everything they make and adopt policies (towards such things as soldered RAM and non-replaceable batteries) that make users dig ever deeper into their pockets. I have used Macs since 2004 but the one I’ve got now will be the last: build quality is going down fast, the components are at best ordinary and Ive’s minimalist approach is simply becoming absurd. Moreover they are overly litigious and would rather sue than innovate. As a social being Jobs was apparently a total failure, but his absence is becoming more and more obvious.

    So, in the scheme of things, the Great Magnet has called this right. Not that I have any time for the EU or that vulgar little leprechaun who charges passengers for taking a piss.

  7. Ha O’Leary has a love hate with the EU.. I saw a Brussels talk where he laid into the Eurocrats only for a Eurocrat to politely point out EU did actually abolish the flag carrier discrimination which allowed his business to flourish. His response was OK that was done x years ago.. why are you still here?.

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