Friday, 19 February 2010

Facebook group on Lord Ashcroft's tax status hits the national media

The facebook group I set up a couple of weeks ago has made it into the Guardian's Diary today...

"Andrew Marr couldn't do it. Neither could Jeremy Paxman. And if David Cameron has done it, he is certainly not letting on. So what chance that the public will be able to prise from Lord Ashcroft an answer to whether he pays his whack of tax in this country or basks in the status of a non-dom? Slim, perhaps, but the push is gaining momentum on Facebook, where more than 1,000 people have now signed up to the site Transparency now on Lord Ashcroft's Tax Status. Ordinary types have signed up, along with stellar names such as Alastair Campbell and Chris Huhne. As part of a pincer movement, an e-petition has also been launched and that has attracted 600 signatures in just over a week. Our politics is broken, David Cameron is prone to say. What a chance to start mending it."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/feb/19/hugh-muirs-diary-max-clifford

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Letter to The Times (not published) on religious bigotry

Sir,

If I were to set up a 'religion' which barred non-white people from becoming clergy, I would rightly be prosecuted. Lobbying by religious organisations must not be allowed to perpetuate the sloppy thinking that elavates race above gender or sexuality in our anti-dicrimination law. Discrimination is dicrimination. It must be opposed and legislated against without fear or favour.

Yours faithfully,

John Slinger

Monday, 1 February 2010

New Facebook group calling for transparency from Lord Ashcroft

I set up a Facebook group today - "Transparency now on Lord Ashcroft's tax status", which declares:

The members of this group urge Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft to publicly verify whether or not he has been a permanent resident of the UK for tax purposes since taking his seat in the House of Lords in 2000. The members of this group believe that members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords must be permanently resident in the UK for tax purposes and that this should be publicly verifiable. In the UK, there is no taxation without representation. There must be no representation (albeit unelected) without taxation.

This is not a personal vendetta. Individuals have a right to confidentiality regarding their tax affairs. However, Members of Parliament are not ordinary citizens. They can change or make the laws that govern our lives. In the case of Lord Ashcroft, he is also reported to be the largest donor to the Conservative Party and to be hugely influential in the Conservative's campaign for the next General Election. His leader, David Cameron, has called for greater transparency in British politics. He should insist on transparency on the issue of the tax residency of his own Members of Parliament


If you agree, please do spread the word.