From Aditya Chakrabortty’s (excellent as usual) column in the Guardian this morning:
[On tax avoidance], Sorrell goes one better [than Philip Green]. In September 2008, he wrote an op-ed for the FT about how his London staff suffered “ruinous housing costs, high crime levels and creaking public transport”. Just a few months after issuing this plea for greater public spending, he moved his FTSE 100 firm to Dublin for tax purposes, even while keeping its offices in London. Oh, and as Ferdinand Mount points out in his book The New Few, in 2008 the WPP boss got 631 times the wage of his average employee. Yet somehow Sorrell’s views on what should be done about taxes for the super-rich get far more airtime on Newsnight than, say, a tax-justice campaigner such as John Christensen.
Why is that Newsnight?
Would you like to explain?