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How do you scrap a tax hike on your digital services business? Give Labour £16,000?

Google: facing an increase in the UK’s digitial services tax from 2% to 10%, this firm and others gave Labour shadow ministers gifts worth £16,000 and it was subsequently cancelled. The increased would have brought £3 billion into the UK Treasury.

Is Keir Starmer’s Labour as bent as a figure-eight? Judge for yourself with this tale of shadow ministers scrapping plans for a 10 per cent digital services tax after receiving £16,000 in gifts from Google and other companies in the sector.

The tax hike would have brought £3bn to the Treasury, providing an opportunity to cut taxes on struggling small businesses – but it seems £16,000 for people including shadow business secretary Jonathan Reynolds was enough to put a stop to this valuable change:

Information from Open Democracy says Reynolds was talking about the tax increase right up until he took a £3,377 package for two to attend Glastonbury as a guest of YouTube, which is owned by Google. The day after, reports emerged that he had ditched the plan.

It was not the only time senior figures in Starmer’s team accepted luxury gifts from Google in the months before the party’s U-turn. Shadow culture secretary Lucy Powell’s political adviser, Labour’s executive director of policy, and the party’s head of domestic policy all accepted tickets and transport to, and ‘hospitality’ at, the Brit Awards in February from the digital giant. Powell’s register of interests estimates that the adviser’s ticket was worth £1,170.

Starmer’s political director also accepted transport to and ‘hospitality’ ahead of the event from Google, though his ticket, along with that of Starmer’s private secretary, was covered by Universal Music.

Starmer had accepted a £380 dinner from Google for him and one staff member during the World Economic Forum in January.

In total, openDemocracy estimates that Labour shadow cabinet members and their staff accepted luxury gifts from Google worth nearly £10,000 over the months before they announced their policy U-turn.

And that’s just Google. The estimate of £16,000 in total may, in fact, be low.

Take a look at the full Open Democracy article (link below). The attached comment from ‘Tory Fibs’ is also useful because it crystallises the problem with Labour – or any political organisation – taking money or gifts-in-kind from businesses facing tax increases or legislative regulation:

My perception is certainly that Labour cannot be trusted to implement the right policies for the UK because its representatives are corruptible with cheap bribes.

And no – it doesn’t matter whether Jonathan Reynolds was otherwise influenced to cancel the policy.

It seems as though he shut down a £3 billion plan to help small businesses because a digital giant gave him tickets for Glasto.

And it seems as though the total cost to the digital services industry of shutting down this £3 billion plan was a mere £16,000. That’s pocket money to these people.

Until Labour – and all the other political parties – stop accepting these gifts from people and organisations their decisions may affect, they can never be trusted.


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Digest June 11: It’s still all about race

On Covid-19, the Tory government is still a danger to UK citizens:

As Boris Johnson announces further easing of lockdown restrictions, the negative experiences of other countries showing him wrong are piling up:

… especially as the ongoing lack of PPE (personal protective equipment) is now the basis of a court challenge against the Tories:

Not only that, but Covid is now revealed as a particular danger to BAME citizens – creating double jeopardy for Johnson:

Johnson himself has been condemned as lazy. Tell us something we don’t know…

Dominic Cummings is still in trouble: the house he used in Durham really didn’t have planning permission so enforcement action will be taken:

Is this a good moment to remind everyone that Cummings has set up Brexit to ensure that fabulously rich businesspeople can create conditions for a UK economic crash – and then make a fortune betting that it will happen?

This is the man who Boris Johnson has put in charge of the government, according to a former Tory aide:

Priti Patel is also in trouble. Her harsh immigration bill will needlessly shut out people trying to “contribute to society”, say Catholic leaders in a stinging attack on the plans:

They should excommunicate her. I doubt she’s a Catholic but a good pre-emptive strike won’t do them any harm.

And there’s this:

The Robert Jenrick corruption scandal is rolling on:

And Chancellor Rishi Sunak is being taken to court over his sexist self-employed grant scheme:

Over at Labour, tone-deaf Keir Starmer has unveiled a new ‘race equality’ strategy. Presumably he’s desperate for us to forget his own two-tier attitude to racism in his own party:

He mentioned seven reports on racism in the House of Commons but strangely can’t seem to see the leaked report by his own party that named racists among Labour employees who targeted Diane Abbott (among others) for racist abuse – and won’t take action against them:

Consider Starmer’s shadow work and pensions secretary, who thinks the best way to mark Diane Abbott’s 33rd anniversary as the UK’s first black female MP was to delete his backstabbing tweet attacking her choice of education for her children:

Labour isn’t the only UK organisation that needs to have a serious look at itself with regard to racism:

Thank goodness we have a few people whose attitude to racism is more sincere:

Grenfell Tower campaigners are trying to get the Conservatives to commit to removing flammable cladding from more than 23,000 households that should never have been forced to have it in the first place:

No sooner had he alerted us all to the danger to cancer patients of having to wait longer for treatment, than Dr Karel Sikora ruined his reputation:

Statues are still in danger across the UK as their subjects’ misdeeds are re-examined:

Racism in the United States is still under the spotlight (and rightly so):

Former IS bride Shamima Begum has launched a legal appeal to reclaim her UK citizenship after it was stripped from her by former Home Secretary Sajid Javid:

Oh, and some right-wing nutjob called Nigel Farage is no longer working at LBC radio:

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Holocaust denier dealt brutal put-down by Labour MP [WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE]

Jonathan Reynolds in Parliament.

I’m not sure I should even give this bonehead the time of day, but it’s a good story that makes an excellent point.

After Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds tweeted that he had written in the Holocaust book of remembrance, he received the following tweet from a Holocaust denier called Steve Steglitz:

https://twitter.com/steve_steglitz/status/957174884383248384

In case he deletes the tweet, he said: “You politicians are not doing your duty to the public. The Holocaust is one big lie. Time you put pressure on the media to do their job and start asking a few questions. But politicians and journalists are either owned or brainwashed themselves.”

The claim is highly-offensive nonsense of the kind that may conservatively be described as (and I’m sorry for the language but you’ll see the reason in a moment) bullshit.

Mr Reynolds made this clear in his put-down:

And, in case you think he didn’t mean it:


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