Osborne crowned king of the tax dodgers
Yesterday Chancellor George Osborne was named top tax shirker in our online poll. He gained 2215 votes - 35% of the total - placing him well ahead of his nearest rival, Arcadia tycoon Sir Philip Green, who attracted 1057 votes.
Campaigners from PCS, War on Want, UK Uncut and False Economy presented the prize, a giant jammy dodger, at Tory party headquarters in London's Millbank.
The biscuit was taken into the building only after tense negotiations between Millbank staff and campaigners including comedian Chris Coltrane (pictured below), who gave assurances that the jammy dodger did not pose a security threat.
Osborne was nominated for his failure to scrap the domicile rule, dubbed a "tax avoiders" charter by the Tax Justice Network, while Green was listed for the record-breaking £1.2bn dividend paid by Arcadia to his Monaco-based wife.
The full results were:
- George Osborne - 35.3%
- Philip Green/Arcadia - 16.9%
- Barclays - 11%
- Vodafone - 9%
- HM Revenue & Customs - 8%
- Boots - 4.9%
- KPMG - 4.8%
- Google - 4.2%
- SABMiller - 3.7%
- HMV - 2.2%
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