Monday, November 07, 2011

Links Nov 7

The imprisonment of Stuart Syvret Treasure Islands
Nov 4 - On the imprisonment of Jersey politician Stuart Syvret, political prisoner, and a statement by John Hemming MP in the UK parliament calling for "an independent Commission similar to that which investigated corruption in the Turks and Caicos Islands, to investigate the conduct of Jersey’s public administration and to urgently bring the protections of the European Commission of Human Rights to Her Majesty’s subjects in the island."

Swiss cantons
are mobilizing to attract wealthy British pensioners
Le Temps
(In French)
Oct 14 - On a UK-based company that offers services in setting up a home in Switzerland and avoiding taxes, helped by their "direct contact with individual canton administrators affording you quick and direct advice as to your future residency and tax". Hat tip: Bruno Gurtner.

City property deals benefit a developer linked to lord mayor Guardian

Nov 7 - On some murky dealings between the City of London Corporation, its Lord Mayor, and some property deals. :"Philip Goff, of the Reclaim the City campaign, said: "In the absence of democratic accountability, conflicts of interest are inevitable." Read here about activists' plans to reclaim the City, including Art Uncut's plans for an alternative Lord Mayor of London's Parade, scheduled for 12th November.

Pundits and politicians: Occupy movement is right Treasure Islands
Nov 7 - Nick Shaxson on how the Occupy movement is helping drive a change that isn’t really quantifiable, but is potentially seismic in its implications.

Diamond on banking: not just missing the point, but being wholly misleading Tax Research UK
Nov 3 - Richard Murphy: "Bob Diamond [Barclays' chief executive] has posted an extraordinary article on the Guardian’s Comment is Free today – apparently drawn from a lecture he’s doing for the BBC (and why? is the very reasonable response to that news). I have posted a comment in response to his absurdly misleading comments ..."

See also:
Why Bob Diamond is still the unacceptable face of banking MoneyWeek
Nov 4 - "If Barclays was a good and trusted citizen, Diamond would make sure ... he would cancel all the bank’s various tax avoidance schemes. That isn’t going to happen: for all Diamonds witterings, the fact remains that Barclays doesn’t have a mandate from its shareholders to be a good citizen: it just has one to make as much money as possible."

See also comment on responsibilities of shareholders by TJN Senior Adviser Rev. Seamus P. Finn, OMI in our links Nov 2 Re-Occupying Main Street Huffington Post.

European elites should be wary of the Greek spring Guardian
Nov 6 - "The economic future of Greece will be difficult, but democracy has won. The elite's fear of "contagion" should not be just about the euro – they should also fear Greek resistance spreading across Europe."


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