Apple has called for US corporate tax rates to be slashed after it admitted sheltering at least $30bn (£20bn) of international profits in Irish subsidiaries that pay no tax at all.
In a dramatic display of how threats from multinational corporations are driving down taxes across the world, chief executive Tim Cook warned Congress that he would refuse to repatriate a total of $100bn stashed offshore unless it acted to slash the 35% US rate.
So let's look at this kindly. Apple is saying what it wants as a reward for its tax abuse is a tax cut.
And now let's look at this candidly: Apple's willing to hold the US to ransom.
What did Margaret Hodge say about Google?