Brillant! Aktivisten haben während eines Dinners zur Pensionierung des ehemaligen Vorsitzenden des englischen HMRC („Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs“), das sind die Steuereintreiber, einen Strauß Blumen und 'nen „Lifetime Achievement Award to Corporate Tax Planning“ überreicht. Dave Hartnett hatte für Goldman-Sachs und Vodafone Steuererleichterungen in Millionenhöhe rausgeholt, weil der Bailout noch nicht gereicht hat. Too big to fail und sowas. Gentleman Activism FTW!
Und: Ich liebe den Satz gegen Ende: „You will depart immediately, before we set the dogs on you.“ Das erinnert mich an wen nochmal? Ach ja, richtig: Montgomery Burns. Vom Telegraph:
Mr Hartnett was giving a speech at New College Oxford on Thursday when a group calling themselves WeAreTheIntruders, posing as employees of Goldman Sachs and Vodafone, interrupted to present him with a bouquet of flowers and the "Lifetime Achievement Award to Corporate Tax Planning", otherwise known as the "Golden Handshake".
HMRC was accused of agreeing controversial "sweetheart" deals with large businesses over outstanding tax bills while it was still run by Mr Hartnett. The issue exploded last year after a whistleblower revealed that HMRC had waived as much as £20m of interest on a £30m tax bill owed by Goldmans on bankers' bonuses. It was also accused of letting Vodafone off as much as £8bn in taxes by accepting a £1.25bn settlement.