Michael Meacher speaks for the voiceless on tax justice
01 October 2012
Michael Meacher, former UK Minister of State for the Environment under Tony Blair, stepped up the fight against tax avoidance in the House of Commons last month with his general anti-tax avoidance principle (GATAP) Bill. Salman Shaheen talks to the Labour Member of Parliament about his campaign and how it is gaining momentum.
believes the UK GAAR proposal is narrow and
On the face of it, Meacher is an unlikely hero of the tax
justice movement. He has been an MP for more than four decades,
but none of his briefs - as Under-Secretary for Industry and
Under-Secretary for Health and Social Security in the Harold
Wilson and James Callaghan governments and as Minister of State
for the Environment under Tony Blair - included tax. His
political career is now approaching its twilight years, but
Meacher has shown he is far from ready to give up the fight on
the issues that are important to him. Top of that list is tax
Last month, Meacher was afforded the rare opportunity to get
a private member's Bill on the record, and he chose to use it
to highlight the inadequacies of the government's efforts to
tackle tax avoidance through its general anti-abuse...
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