"The new boss of Starbucks today admitted the coffee shop chain will not start paying corporation tax in Britain for up to three more years." Evening Standard newspaper
1 Dec 2014
23 Sep 2014
1. Surely world governments can agree on this trivial thing
2. Helps young people to focus on finding a solution to climate problems rather than worrying about whether their t-shirt makes the grade with their peer group / gang
3. A constant visible reminder to everyone
4. Very easy to enforce.
Posted by P K Munroe at 20:00
14 Sep 2014
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Delight all the effing Tories, get bossed around for the next 300 years by a bunch of patronising tossers in Westminster, be laughed at by bankers, and suck up policies designed to screw you and fatten rich Southerners.
Posted by P K Munroe at 01:05
11 Aug 2014
Yes, a bit cheeky to publish on the Kindle But if the book does well, they might pay a bit more tax. Maybe.
Many of the 50 ideas in the book refer to Amazon’s treatment of its warehouse workers, whose toilet breaks are limited and timed; I suggest applying similar rules to shareholder meetings. Other thoughts focus on Amazon's steady march towards becoming the biggest retailer on Earth.
Toilets and world domination - always good for a laugh.There are various suggestions for “consumer disobedience” and other ways to solve the tax issue:
- dressing up as a tax inspector and hanging around Amazon’s offices,
- incentivising them by re-naming the river Trent as ‘The Amazon’
- setting up barrage balloons on the roof of your house to interfere with deliveries by Amazon drones.
The e-book is short, so it's priced low at £1.15 / $1.93. (Also I don’t want this putting me in a higher tax bracket.)
Also available in other e-reader formats at Apple, Kobo, Barnes and Noble etc.
Posted by P K Munroe at 09:42
26 May 2014
The Grudge Voting system will square this circle.
Here's how it works: The candidate with the most votes wins the seat, same as now. But their power in Parliament for the next 5 years depends on what % of the votes they got. Take an MP who wins a seat with 60% of the vote. In the current system they have 1 vote in Parliament. Under my system they would only have 0.6 of a vote. And an MP who won with just a 35% share - which is not unusual - would in Parliament get only 0.35 of a vote.
The power of the elected MPs in Parliament would therefore directly reflect the amount support they command in their constituencies.
That's fairness for you. And the beauty of the system is that nobody's vote is now wasted. If you are a Labour voter living in a solid Conservative constituency, it is worth going out to vote Labour - your candidate won't win, but your vote directly helps to reduce the Tory MP's power in the next parliament. Same thing if you are a Conservative voter living in a solid Labour area. It's also worth voting for a minority party; they won't get in, but now you can help to reduce the clout of the winner.
Hence the title, the Grudge Voting system. It appeals to that deeply felt need to do the other side down. Just the ticket for alienated, fed-up Brits!
Posted by P K Munroe at 18:48
28 Apr 2014
30 Jan 2014
Meanwhile there is a strange silence in the media about the consumers of rhino horn – men living in China, Indonesia, and elsewhere in the Far East. Presumably the silence is because these countries have strong and growing economies, so we’re not allowed to laugh at their medieval delusions.
And now, we hear, criminal gangs are involved in poaching and smuggling. There’s a surprise. Any day now there will be complaints from end-users that the powdered horn is being ‘cut’ with aspirin or chalk; and a dawn swoop on a rhino ‘farm’ in the suburbs of Beijing.
Posted by P K Munroe at 11:54
23 Oct 2013
8 Oct 2013
"Do you know Fred?" "Why not connect with Jim?" "You may know Bill..." These are just a few of the frequent, matchmaking-type pleas I get from Linked In. Stop trying to set me up with everyone, for Pete's sake!
2. It's creepy.
"Do you know who viewed your profile?" Well, that's sort of interesting - but hang on, it means that anyone I visit knows I've been taking a look at their page. Which means, dear Linked In, that I now actively avoid visiting other people's profiles.
3. It's clingy.
Like a movie psychopath, Linked In doesn't want you to leave. Try using the Back button to go back to the website you were on before you came there, and you'll see what I mean. Let go, Linked In!
4. It's trashy.
Every time I visit Linked In, it's promoting some piece of tabloid fluff - 10 ways to tell if your boss is an idiot, 6 things you should never throw at work, what 90% of people don't know about wombats - which I am idiotically drawn to, but wish I hadn't botherered.
5. It's pesky.
Linked In likes nothing better than finding new reasons to email me. First it was updates ('Jim's got a new job!'), then it was emails suggesting that some improbable company, most likely in Ratville, Ohio was looking for someone like me. Leave off already!
Posted by P K Munroe at 23:01