On the First Day of Christmas some bright spark in Vodafone’s marketing department thought it would be a good idea to run a ’12 days of smiles’ competition on Twitter where you said what made you smile via #mademesmile. The response was phenomenal…

The tax dodging scumbags were inundated with anti-Vodafone tweets forcing them to take down their live Twitter feed.

Public 1, Vodafone 0

Nice work everyone!

Image by the AMP

And a nice anti-tax-dodger article from Johann Hari – http://ukuncut.org.uk/blog/guest-blog-philip-green-is-sponging-off-the-state

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Rise of the Bureautwats

November 16, 2009

the bureaucrat

'The Bureaucrat' by Kato Otak

A friend of ours has just informed us that it’s ‘Summons Time’ at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (DMBC). Apparently this is the time of year that the DMBC bosses turn to the County/Magistrates Court Goon Squad to pull in the ‘wonga’.

Local governments pre-book courtroom space so that they can use the legal system to bludgeon the poorer sections of society; they’re not alone in this, the poorer you are the more you can expect to pay (as a percentage of income) for everything. And when the vampires have bled you dry and you find it impossible to make end’s meet then the rich will punish you with financial penalties! Nobody should be surprised by this, everything is geared to ensure that money is directed to the richer sections of society (both locally and on a global scale – international government is just bureaucracy writ large). But we should be angered by it, especially when the system is being used to make up the short-fall created by bureaucrats in the first place. Council Tax was a compromise created to split the Anti-Poll Tax Campaign – sadly it worked and we handed power back to the bureaucrats.

The simple truth is that if we were to get rid* of the bureaucrats, politicians, bankers and bosses tomorrow then NOTHING – in material terms at least – would change; humans would still create everything they need and/or desire, it’s what humans do. Governments exist solely to control the currency; they serve no other purpose! – other than maybe to keep us in a state of fear so we become distracted from what is really going on. Take a close look at government and you will realise that they don’t even ‘govern’, they simply control currency and take a cut of the profits (shared, of course, with banks and corporations). It’s time for something new. It’s time for anarchy and peace!

We’d like to summarise the case for anarchy by using a few Edward Abbey one liners…

“Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.

Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.

Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.

Grown men do not need leaders.

Love implies anger. The man who is angered by nothing cares about nothing.”

and last, but not least…

“Taxation: how the sheep are shorn!”

COUNCIL TAX: ‘CAN’T PAY, WON’T PAY!’

*Just a note to say that we want to get rid of the position of ‘bureaucrat’ (or ‘politician’, ‘banker’, etc.), rather than attack any particular person who happens to be doing the job. The abuse of the poor is systematic and it is the entire system which needs to go, not the people who work for it.

When the French President, Nicolas Sarkozy said said that he wouldn’t make the same ‘mistake’ as Britain with regard to the VAT cut, the good old British press jumped on the statement as a slur against Blighty. But in reality the VAT cut was next to meaningless for the average British citizen.

The drop in VAT from 17.5 per cent to 15 per cent was said to equate to giving 12.5 billion pounds back to the people. This would equate to £312 for each of Britain’s 40 milion adults.  Sounds generous, but as a tax cut you’d have to spend nearly £14,500 on pre-adjustment priced goods  in order to get your £312 share. Which means that it was the poor who got well and truly screwed over once again.