Today’s first letter, from our star correspondent Roger Arthur, is addressed to the Archbishop of Canterbury, taking him up on his call for more taxation:
Your readers might be interested in the letter I sent to Archbishop Justin Welby:
“Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury
I congratulate you on your campaign to reduce UK tax avoidance by large companies. But you may have missed the connection between that and the Free Movement of Capital, as outlined below.
Some months ago, one company’s UK tax bill rose to £5.1m, based on a UK income of £842m, i.e. less than 1%.That was because, as Jeremy Corbyn said,
“The EU knowingly maintains tax havens … around the continent … and allows companies to outsource their profits to (EU) countries where tax rates are low.”
Yes the EU has destroyed the sovereign rights of national governments to levy tax in a country where income is earned. So why don’t we reduce the scope for tax avoidance by changing the law? Because while in the EU, we can’t limit the Free Movement of Capital, which facilitates such avoidance.
As seen from this weblink, Google’s Matt Britlin was quite open in that they avoid being taxed (at UK rates) on profits arising in the UK, by opting to have them taxed in Ireland. Indeed Ireland has reduced its corporate tax rate to help facilitate that, which is legitimate under EU regulations.
But isn’t the EU acting to reduce tax avoidance you ask?
Yes the EU has been developing CFC (Controlled Foreign Company) regulations, but they are not designed to address the tax avoidance within the EU, which Corbyn was referring to. The tax havens that are to be blacklisted under CFC are outside of the EU, while the Free Movement of Capital (which facilitates tax avoidance within the EU) is not up for negotiation.
So having indicated that you are against Brexit, you may want to reconsider your position, which runs counter to your expressed wish to reduce the scope for UK tax avoidance. Indeed, since the UK will be leaving the EU in March, you might decide to spend more time on getting the best deal for the UK, than in trying to oppose Brexit.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Yours sincerely, etc”
Respectfully, Roger Arthur
The following letter comes from our correspondent Septimus Octavius and addresses the problem of anti-semitism in the Labour Party. It is very timely in view of the Editorial we published here today:
a ‘kinder, gentler form of anti-semitism’? It would have been a real shock if the official Jewish authorities had not been “disappointed” with the outcome of their recent meeting with Jeremy Corbyn. They have had two years now of his firmly spoken words about stamping out anti-semitism in the Labour Party, combined with a total lack of any action to support those words.
Gordon Brown was spot-on with his rant about the problem; it is indeed about the very soul of the Labour Party. Sadly, he is pissing in the wind.
He correctly calls for the party to adopt in full the official definition of anti-Semitism, but that bit in it about denying the right of Israel to exist, and the other bit about taking historical words and deeds into account, just cannot be accepted by them, as so to do would put virtually the whole party on a disciplinary charge.
There is a very simple reason why the rabid anti-semitism with which the current Labour Party is riddled will not be stamped out; it is because that anti-semitism is an essential part of both the creed and the soul of that present Labour Party, which is of course now proudly Marxist.
Indeed, that anti-semitism can be traced back to Karl Marx himself, who wrote in one of his essays:
“Let us consider the actual, worldly Jew – not the Sabbath Jew, as Bauer does, but the everyday Jew. Let us not look for the secret of the Jew in his religion, but let us look for the secret of his religion in the real Jew. What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money.”
Thus the link between true “socialism” and anti-semitism is both profound and vital. The idea of the “worldwide Jewish capitalist conspiracy” is one of the most fundamental tenets of that true socialism. It should be remembered that the word “Nazi” derives from the German for “National Socialist”.
In the following century, the nation of Israel was formally established in 1948, and this was in the eyes of true socialists a tragic disaster, for the obvious reasons set out above. This meant that true socialists naturally became fervent supporters of those six Islamic Arab states which ganged up together in 1967 with the simple objective of completely destroying Israel, in what is now known as the six day war. In fact, due largely to vastly superior Israeli air power, the war went very badly for the Arabs, and Israel actually became a bit bigger as a direct result of the attack on it.
Since then, true socialism has had to content itself with being fanatically pro-Palestine, and thus friends of Hamas and Hezbollah, both of which have that same sole objective of the complete destruction of Israel.
This means that there is a firm and unbreakable link between being pro-Palestine and anti-semitism, and that worldview is a highly prized policy of the present Labour Party, but its members genuinely cannot see it. They believe themselves to be virtuous and anti-racist in their support for Palestine; and thus see their hatred of Jews as actually being an essential element of that virtuous anti-racism!
It is because of this syndrome that the modern Labour Party really cannot see the venomous anti-semitism which now infests it, and view accusations of anti-semitism as wholly unjustified veiled attacks on Jeremy Corbyn.
If a problem cannot be acknowledged, it cannot be solved; moreover, this is a problem which the Labour Party does not want to solve, because it is a fundamental part of what it is about.
Oh, Jeremy Corbyn!
Respectfully, Septimus Octavius