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Thursday 28 January 2016

Rupert Murdoch - Tax Hypocrite

After Google concluded its tax deal with the authorities in the UK, its management would have expected opposition politicians to pass adverse comment on a settlement that yielded a tax rate of less than 3%. What they may not have expected is the sustained combination of whinging and victimhood playing coming from someone in a related market sector to their own. But that is what they got yesterday.
That's what I bladdy think of youse bladdy Google bladdy tax bladdy deal, ya bastard Pommie drongoes!

So who among the ranks of the media industry has been carping at Google? Step forward one Keith Rupert Murdoch: Rupe is not a happy bunny. “Google et al broke no tax laws.  Now paying token amounts for p r purposes. Won't work. Need strong new laws to pay like the rest of us … Global tech companies making enormous profits most places, funnelling $$ thru tax havens. Unless stopped will ruin local businesses who pay” he whinged.
There was more: “Tech tax breaks facilitated by politicians easily awed by Valley ambassadors like Google chairman Schmidt eg, posh boys in Downing St … Google has cleverly planted dozens of their people in White House, Downing St, other governments. Most brilliant new lobbying effort yet” rambled the News Corp head man, seemingly oblivious to the inconvenient fact of his own recent presence on Downing Street.
Murdoch met George Osborne twice before the recent deal - which will involve significant cuts - was imposed on the BBC, which he sees as a competitor to Sky, in which he is a major shareholder and would like to take over in its entirety. As to lobbying the White House, perhaps Murdoch forgot that he owns the Wall Street Journal, as well as the megaphone that is Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse).
But it is when the history of Murdoch’s company tax affairs is examined that he is shown to be standing in a very draughty glasshouse. In 1995, the Independent reportedThe publisher of four national titles, including the Times and the Sun, earned pounds 779m in the year to the end of last June alone, but paid only pounds 8.3m tax … In the 10 years since 1986, NI has made accumulated pre-tax profits of pounds 979.4m (net of losses) but paid just pounds 11.74m in net tax, a rate of under 1.2 per cent”.
That is less than half the rate paid by Google in its recent deal with HMRC. It got worse: the BBC told in 1999A report in this week's Economist newspaper … states that in the four years to 30 June last year, Mr Murdoch's News Corporation and its subsidiaries paid only A$325m (£128m) in corporate taxes worldwide. That translates as 6% of the A$5.4bn consolidated pre-tax profits for the same period … By comparison another multi-national media empire, Disney, paid 31%”. And it got yet worse.

“Further research reveals that Mr Murdoch's main British holding company, Newscorp Investments, has paid no net corporation tax within these shores over the past 11 years. This is despite accumulated pre-tax profits of nearly £1.4bn”. “Pay like the rest of us”? “Local businesses who pay”? “Politicians easily awed”? F*** off and pull the other one.

It’s OK for Rupe, but not for anyone he sees as a competitor. Whinging hypocrite.


Anonymous said...

Murdoch's brat James said this at a Guardian conference in August 2008:

"The only reliable, durable, and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit."

The rest of his "speech" was a diatribe of hate against the BBC. But of course that's before he fucked up everything he touched and got kicked (temporarily) into touch.

Not only does the quoted sentence expose how dim and stupid the brat is, it shows the very nature of capitalism. Like that evil canker, the Murdochs know the price of everything and the value of nothing. The diatribe could have been lifted straight from any of the loony Mein Kampfs of US economics academia and its paymasters.

Hypocrisy is just one of the tools used. Another is their monopoly owned media and its mouthpieces.

If "globalisation" has any merits it should lie in a final understanding that every individual and organisation coughs up its tax in accordance with its means and the priorities of a fair society. Not for warmongering and mass murder. Not for profit. And certainly nor for the decaying Murdoch corrupt dynasty and its like.

But the evil will go on - get worse in fact - for just as long as people allow it to.

Anonymous said...

"But the evil will go on - get worse in fact - for just as long as people allow it to".

Anyone else would have been struck off with a bad record for a lifetime.

I doubt the law will do much, they probably realise their businesses will totally collapse once the crutch of advertising is removed.

How many businesses have been scanned by these charlatans?

Should ask for a rebate!