Tax dodgers? How much does your average Joe care? Very little it seems. Featured

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I don’t care what people say, we’ve got it pretty sweet in the UK. Ok, things aren’t perfect but we’ve got free health care, police, education and a social welfare system .  What pays for all these lovely privileges? Tax.

However, companies like Google, Starbucks and Amazon have decided they don’t really want to chip in, that tax is somewhat beneath them. This doesn’t seem morally right. You have a sh*t ton of money that we’ve all pretty much given you.  Can’t you just stop being massive knobs and give it back to some of the people who don’t have as much as you do? Apparently not. 

What should we do therefore to make these companies see that they’re not above the rest of the UK and that everybody (who earns over £10,000) has to pay their way in order to have all the lovely things that we do. Should we chain ourselves to railing singing chants about how Amazon are basically bastards who use four cardboard boxes to send a one tiny computer chip. Should we bombard them with hate mail telling them that they're wrong and that they should fork over their millions to evil emperor George Osborne and his neat little red box.

No, what we really should do is boycott their products. Get them where it really hurts. If this was a fight, think about it like kicking a boy in the nuts. But we don’t. Why? We are far too preoccupied with our own lives to think about silly little things like taxes. Because, when we walk down the road and feel a bit thirsty and bit tired and see a Starbucks we think, ‘Oh, a coffee, that would be nice.’ When you want that new copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’ because you’ve never read it and the films coming out, you don’t think ‘But what about Amazon and their tax avoidance?” You think ‘I can buy this for £2.50 on next day delivery and appear really intelligent’. 

We’re all guilty. I know I am. Being a child of the 21st century, I am unsure how of how to wake up in the mornings without asking Google what the weather’s going to be like, or whether H&M have got that dress, but in black. But I’m going to try, I’m probably going to forget, don’t judge me I’m only human, but I am going to try…. Or just go to Pret a Manger. Their hummus avocado wraps are much tastier anyway.

Joanna Bateson-Hill

Originating from Brixton, London, I study Theatre and Performance at University of Leeds. I love everything to do with film, theatre and most of all writing, with the occasional bit of swimming thrown in for good measure. I hope to write articles that make people laugh but also make them think. To me, writing is a fun, cheap and healthier form of therapy. I hope that people have as much fun reading my articles as I do writing them, which is a lot.


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