Opinion: Do pagans pay their taxes? By Simon Sweetman

John Christensen of the Tax Justice Network was, I think, surprised to google his way to a piece which had him and the Wicker Man in the same article. The Straw Man, now, might be another story because he makes some fairly frequent appearances in debates about tax, justice and morality (even if not always acknowledged but always knocked down).

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Evil mis-spelling

Anonymous | | Permalink

Of course 'Santa' can be mis-spelt as Satan.

redsq01's picture

What's Simon been smoking?

redsq01 | | Permalink

Eh ? and where can I getb some?

This sounds like Kurtz - rationally mad

naomi2000's picture

Heavy handed ?

naomi2000 | | Permalink

Thank you for enlivening my elevenses with your light hearted and amusing piece, Simon.

Perhaps some of your readers need to take themselves a little less seriously.

richard.murphy's picture

Quakers and wealth

richard.murphy | | Permalink

Simon

I think your Quaker business history a little awry.

Cadbury, Lloyds (as in Bank), Barclays (ditto) and Friends Provident are just four (ex) Quaker companies that are decidely active today.

There have been many more. Frys, Carrs (as in water biscuits) and so on. Most of the railways in the north of England were built with Quaker money.

Quakers do not have a problem with wealth. Quakers have a problem with the misuse of wealth.

I should decalre an interest. I have been a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). I was a founder of the Quakers and Business Group (http://www.quakerbusiness.org/) and am also an Anglican, for good measure.

I do happen to think haven activity is incompatable with Christian faith. It represents a failure to ask the question 'who is my neighbour?'

Richard Murphy
http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/blog/.