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 justice.
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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