Google’s tax avoidance means that I won’t be buying a Nexus 7

I was all geared up to buy a Nexus 7 after Christmas.  By pooling my birthday money and Christmas money, I figured that I could afford a treat.  I’m not going to do that now, though. Here’s why.

I pay tax. The government take a large cut of everything I earn. They use it to fund hospitals, universities, schools, roads, railways and the military. I don’t like everything they spend it on, but I don’t have a choice. Whether you’re a business or an individual, you pay tax. There are pays of avoiding it, of course, but only the extremely wealthy can afford to do this. That’s right, the ones who should be contributing the most are the only ones getting out of it. So much for ‘don’t be evil’ – Google think they’re above the rest of us.

“It’s called capitalism,” [Google CEO Eric Schmidt] said. “We are proudly capitalistic. I’m not confused about this.”

You operate and profit in my country but don’t pay for the public services that you use. In return, I’m not going to buy your shiny new products. You can’t complain, Eric – it’s just capitalism, isn’t it?

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