Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Joy of Tax (MEdia Dragon Freudian Eyes Read As Sex)

The Joy of Tax

A Story Written by one of the Coldest Eye Professor Richard Murphy

A leading voice on tax policy and economics, Richard Murphy takes on the subject the world loves to hate – tax.  In THE JOY OF TAX, Murphy explains where tax came from, why we need it and why there is joy in it  (when it’s done right).

We’ve got to take sides on tax. Rich individuals, corporations, well-funded special interest groups and much of Fleet Street is on one (the wrong) side and then there is Richard Murphy plus a few others, including yours truly. But it is Murphy who is the heroic figure. Tireless and forensic, driven by an admirable moral fervour, I take my hat off to a campaigner with Duracell batteries. Richard Murphy author of the courageous state

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In The Joy of Tax, tax campaigner and creator of ‘Corbynomics’, Richard Murphy challenges almost every idea you have about tax. For him, tax is fundamentally about the ideas that shape the sort of society we want to live in, not technicalities. His intention is to demonstrate that there is indeed a joy in tax, and by embracing it we can create a fairer society and change the world for the better.

Tax has been a feature of human society for a very long time. Almost no one gives tax a good press even though, as Richard Murphy argues, it has been fundamental to the development of democracy the world over.
Whilst we may not like tax very much, in contrast it is clear that we really do like the public services which governments provide. So much so, in fact, that for most of the last 300 years, people have been more than happy for governments to run deficits by spending more than they raise in taxation.

2008 apparently changed all that. The issues of debt, deficits, cuts and austerity have dominated the political agenda ever since. Virtually every aspect of the government's finances and how to rearrange them in the forlorn hope of balancing the books has been discussed in great detail. Despite that, there has been almost no real discussion during this period about what tax is for and how it contributes to the creation of the society we aspire to. Joy of Certainty of Life

“How is it that the UK’s top bosses are paid 183 times more than the average worker in this country? This is because right now we let those bosses do what they like with our public companies,” he argued.
“For 30 or more years we have been told about Tina – that There Is No Alternative [to mainstream economics] … You came tonight for a rally. Well, actually I want to tell you that you came for a funeral. Tina is dead. Tonight, I tell you there is an alternative.” Robin Hood Bookkeeper

An enthusiastic user of Twitter and other social media, Murphy is known for expressing his strong opinions without fear or favour. The media, trade unions and NGOs have responded by beating a path to his door wanting comment particularly on the highly politicised debate about corporate tax dodging.
In the conservative and stuffy world of accountancy, there are not many who want to break the omerta. But Murphy was one of the co-founders of the Tax Justice Network, the campaigning organisation that has been at the forefront of the battle to bring the iniquities of tax havens into the spotlight.

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