Prof Prem Sikka is giving the opening welcoming address at the Tax Justice Network conference at Essex University.
His theme is accounting and human rights.
His point is that when he began to research the link between these two subjects he discovered, based on a literature search of accounting journals, that the two subjects had never been discussed.
And when he submitted a paper on this theme to an academic journal the response was 'what's the link between the issues'.
No wonder the International Accounting Standards Board has no idea why so many NGOs are demanding country-by-country reporting.
And yet, as Prem says, and it's a view I share, accounting is all about the exercise of control over lives. The link is fundamental, and yet denied by the neoliberal elite.