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Sunny places for shady people

By Clare Fussell | 15 October 2012

Tax Justice Tour Bus in Birmingham

Over the past two months, Christian Aid has travelled the length and breadth of the country on a double-decker bus. This Tax Justice Bus Tour has taken the call for an end to financial secrecy up hills and down dales across Britain and Ireland – and what a journey it’s been!

A moral wrong?

We’ve been hugely encouraged by the public support for the campaign that we’ve encountered along the way. Before we set off, we polled members of the public and discovered that 56 per cent of people thought that tax avoidance was morally wrong.

These views were coming through loud and clear on the bus as thousands of you Ticked for Tax Justice and called on David Cameron to take action.

Tax avoidance is currently legal, yet the majority of us question the ethics of denying governments much-needed revenue for public services and development. In the case of poor countries, this can mean the difference between life and death for the most vulnerable people.

Visitors on the bus were keen to take the campaign forward. One supporter commented: ‘I am shocked at the amounts that UK companies are dodging! You deserve a higher profile – the public are behind you. I shall talk to my MP and tell him of my concerns.’

Haven’t ticked for tax yet? There’s still time!

Speaking truth to power

We were also pleasantly surprised by the support of the many politicians that visited the bus. A week after visiting the Tax Justice Bus, Business Secretary Vince Cable made front page news when he called for a government crackdown on tax havens.

He said: 'No one keeps their cash in tax havens for the quality of investment advice; these are sunny places for shady people.' Well said, Vince – we agree!

Dozens more MPs supported the campaign by writing to David Cameron, pledging to write to the FTSE 100 companies, and even discussing the bus in Parliament!

End of the road... or just the beginning?

While the Tax Justice Bus has reached the end of its journey, it also heralds the beginning of a new exciting campaign for tax justice. Thanks to your support and commitment, the tax campaign is stronger than ever and we’re certainly not giving up the fight.

A great campaign is planned for 2013, so watch this space.

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About the author

Clare Groves

Clare Fussell is a campaigns officer for Christian Aid

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