Bill' s Banker Challenge
The British have a sense of fairness that is legendary, and
it has been stretched to the limits by the continued spectacle
of huge pay increases and bonuses while ordinary people suffer.
This Branch has been pointing out the unfairness of £6
billion being cut from public services and four million of our
children living in poverty, whilst the banks hand out bonuses
of £6 billion.
Now, Bill Nighy, everyone's favourite Robin Hood Taxman, has
laid down a challenge. He's offering to accompany Britain's
biggest bankers on a world-changing trip around the UK and then
on to Kenya. Bill is asking them to see the impact of crushing
poverty on poor people in the UK, on those who will lose the Disability
Living Allowance, on those made homeless and jobless or those
struggling to pay their heating bills and onto see the havoc it
has wreaked in Kenya.
Why? So these mega-money-makers can see the impact the banking
crisis has had first-hand. And, crucially to ask them to see this
and to then explain why they don't support a Robin Hood Tax.
We want to challenge the government too. It doesn't have to be
this way. Polls show that more than three quarters of those who
voted for the coalition government also support more taxation
on the banks (75% conservatives, 87% Lib Dems).
This would be the most popular tax in history. Bill has done
his bit, now we need to do ours.
Bill in action and vote if you want to see the Banks go with Bill.
YOU'RE PART OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST BANK JOB
A tiny tax of 0.05% from international bankers'
transactions could generate hundreds of billions of pounds every
year to stop cuts in crucial public services in the UK and help
fight global poverty and climate change. And it shouldn't cost
the public a penny. Turning a crisis for the banks into an opportunity
for the world www.robinhoodtax.org.uk