The British-based non governmental body Actionaid has for some time been at or near the forefront of efforts to lobby for progressive reforms to the international tax system for the benefit of developing countries. This week their ‘Tax Justice Policy Adviser,’ Diarmid O’Sullivan, wrote a blog entitled The UK: always the bad guy on anti-tax haven rules? which says, in the first paragraph:
“Poorer countries badly need more tax revenues to pay for public services such as schools and hospitals, but they stand to be among the losers from the UK’s insistence on protecting its “competitive” low-tax regime for companies.”
We’re really delighted to see the c-word in quote marks: it’s an important signal that the writer has seen through the nonsense of so-called ‘competitive’ nation states.