Bill Gates has, according to the Guardian, warned ‘that should the Conservatives go ahead and abandon the UK’s overseas aid spending pledge it would reduce the country’s influence in the world and mean more lives lost in Africa.’
I agree with him. That is right.
But I think the warning would be a lot more credible if Microsoft tried to pay all its taxes in full in all the countries in which it operates. It does, however, still play tax games in Ireland (and no doubt elsewhere) at considerable cost to the UK, and no doubt many developing countries.
And Microsoft does not do country-by-country reporting so we can truly understand its tax performance.
My messages is simple. Bill Gates needs to walk the talk. Then more people might listen.