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Sat Feb 28, 2015, 07:40 PM

 

Emma Thompson And Husband Greg Wise REFUSE TO PAY TAXES Until Richest Banks Pay Their Fair Share






Two time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson and her husband, Greg Wise, say they will not pay their taxes until HSBC, the world’s second largest bank, pays theirs. The HSBC’s Swiss banking sector was recently discovered to have helped wealthy customers get out of paying their fair share of taxes by hiding large amounts of cash in secret accounts. The bank also laundered hundreds of millions of dollars to Mexican drug cartels. Thompson and Wise are calling BS on the British government until HSBC (which is headquartered in London) executives are prosecuted for tax avoidance schemes. Speaking to the London Evening Standard:

“I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax. I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound fucking socialist and I believe we are all in it together. But I am disgusted with HMRC. I am disgusted with HSBC. And I’m not paying a penny more until those evil bastards go to prison.”

http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/i-wont-pay-a-penny-of-tax-until-those-evil-b-go-to-prison-greg-wise-on-politics-passion-and-parenting-10066684.html


When conservatives here in America don’t want to pay taxes, it’s because they think they are entitled to not contribute to the nation that gave them so much. When a “profound f*cking socialist” doesn’t want to pay taxes, it’s because wealthy, entitled, greedy pigs don’t want to contribute. Wise went on to say that Thompson agrees with him and that the pair are prepare to go to jail if necessary:

“Em’s on board. She agrees. We’re going to get a load of us together. A movement. They can’t send everyone to prison. But we’ll go to prison if necessary. I mean it. It’s going to be like 1848 all over again. HSBC haven’t even been slapped on the wrist because of this beautiful grey area between avoidance and evasion. It’s iniquitous. We need to do something—come on!”

For those of you who may not know, in 1848, populist uprisings swept across Europe which became the Revolution of 1848 or Springtime of the Peoples. With over 50 nations participating, Europe fought for freedoms in the press, worker’s rights, the destruction of the old feudal structure, the abolition of serfdom (economic slavery), and the dissolution of absolute monarchy. Thompson and Wise, who said, “I sound like Russell f*cking Brand, don’t I?” are prepared to start another uprising if it means making the wealthy pay their faire share. It is because of these injustices, Wise says, there is no such thing as a democracy.

“ Injustice is the thing that makes me more angry than anything — whether it’s someone being hassled in the street to HSBC getting away with this. I’m the least violent man you’ve ever met but I will plough into fights in the street to stop someone being set upon. Days afterwards I’m a mess because I hate violence. But I cannot see injustice.







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http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/02/28/emma-thompson-and-husband-greg-wise-refuse-to-pay-taxes-until-richest-banks-pay-their-fair-share/

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Reply Emma Thompson And Husband Greg Wise REFUSE TO PAY TAXES Until Richest Banks Pay Their Fair Share (Original post)
Segami Feb 2015 OP
Segami Feb 2015 #1
malaise Feb 2015 #2
busterbrown Feb 2015 #18
roguevalley Mar 2015 #29
roguevalley Mar 2015 #30
appalachiablue Feb 2015 #3
elias49 Feb 2015 #4
ReRe Feb 2015 #5
Jack Rabbit Feb 2015 #6
appalachiablue Mar 2015 #23
Skidmore Mar 2015 #25
Jack Rabbit Mar 2015 #27
erronis Mar 2015 #33
Scuba Feb 2015 #7
Sheelanagig Feb 2015 #8
calimary Mar 2015 #37
madokie Mar 2015 #42
Sheelanagig Mar 2015 #47
littlewolf Feb 2015 #9
obxhead Mar 2015 #24
pansypoo53219 Feb 2015 #10
colsohlibgal Feb 2015 #11
erronis Mar 2015 #34
Tierra_y_Libertad Feb 2015 #12
KauaiK Feb 2015 #13
penndragon69 Feb 2015 #14
George Osborne Feb 2015 #15
Bohemianwriter Feb 2015 #16
smirkymonkey Feb 2015 #17
progressoid Mar 2015 #19
sabrina 1 Mar 2015 #20
Kath1 Mar 2015 #21
druidity33 Mar 2015 #22
Maineman Mar 2015 #26
WorseBeforeBetter Mar 2015 #28
DeSwiss Mar 2015 #31
whereisjustice Mar 2015 #36
geek tragedy Mar 2015 #32
shenmue Mar 2015 #39
whereisjustice Mar 2015 #35
shenmue Mar 2015 #38
Aerows Mar 2015 #40
tomsaiditagain Mar 2015 #41
still_one Mar 2015 #43
americannightmare Mar 2015 #44
NaturalHigh Mar 2015 #45
johnnyreb Mar 2015 #46
Tommy_Carcetti Mar 2015 #48

Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 07:53 PM

1. "..In the United States,..

 

"....we have had to sadly accept the fact that the bankers and their too-big-to-fail businesses are simply untouchable. Sadly, people who don’t report $200 to the IRS are scrutinized more than companies that cheat the tax system out of billions of dollars. Looks like Thompson and Wise like to put their money where their mouths are...."

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 08:09 PM

2. One of the most interesting developments since Ferguson

is the way that athletes and entertainers have suddenly joined the side of the 99%.
It's lovely to watch.
Earlier this week Wisconsin NFL players condemned the 'right to work' laws.

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 10:39 PM

18. You mean those Hollywood Liberals

and ignorant athletes who don’t understand how the world really works..Just ask all those at CPAC last week.. Or as I will now refer to them as the Nuremburg Rallies..

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:25 PM

29. I have always loved her. I LOVE HER!

That is how we will defeat the fuckers. GO, EMMA! You are still my hero.

Another 'fucking socialist' and radical left winger,

Me

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:26 PM

30. understand, almost all of them come from us, the 99%

GO, EVERYONE WHO EXPECTS JUSTICE!

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 08:20 PM

3. Bravo for these 2 Brits, what courage & fantastic news. Hope this circulates & stays posted.

KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON, EMMA & GREG

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 08:21 PM

4. This is amazing! Hope they don't get crushed.

 

But the cat's out of the bag...I loved this:

"...I am a profound fucking socialist and I believe we are all in it together..."

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 08:36 PM

5. K&R

There's a revolution for ya! Couple it with rolling general strikes, and we just might turn the world around.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 08:40 PM

6. Not paying taxes is a wonderful idea for protesting the oligarchy

So are general strikes.

Oh, those things are against the law? So is bribing congressmen, and the fact that the bribe called a campaign contribution makes no substantive difference. Oh, but the Chief Justice said in Citizens United . . . ? That crooked shyster said what? Nothing he says should be taken seriously.

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 12:15 PM

23. +10

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Response to Jack Rabbit (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 02:01 PM

25. I think there is a legal way to do this involving

informing the IRS by letter and putting any taxes you owe in an escrow account. At least that used to be the case a while back.

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Response to Skidmore (Reply #25)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:13 PM

27. If I may hazard a guess, that doesn't sound right

The government wants that money now.

Even if it were the case, we should expect it to change. The agenda of the oligarchs is to avoid taxes by shifting the burden on to the rest of us.

Which brings us back to why a tax strike is a good idea. Not only do the oligarch want to shift that burden to the lower classes, but they don't want the lower classes to complain. The most obvious way the people can complain is to vote for progressive, populist candidates. Therefore, obstacles to voting are put in place with fear of voter fraud given as the reason. Even if the statistics show that few charges for voter fraud are brought against anyone, the oligarchs' spokesmen will go on teevee and repeat the charge over and over again without making any attempt to disprove what the statistics strongly suggest, viz., that voter fraud is not a serious problem.

How is this not taxation without representation?

Of course, the establishment will say this is illegal and blah, blah, blah. Of course it is. Whit part of massive civil disobedience do they not understand?

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Response to Skidmore (Reply #25)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:38 PM

33. Even better, put your "taxes due" into an off-shore account

See if you can't find a nice safe haven like the big boys do (RMoney, HSBC, CorpAmer, politicians). If not a safe haven, perhaps you can have your "salary/earnings" paid in Cayman/Swiss/Irish coin.

Perhaps something like income/payment in bitcoin would correct the imbalance where the rich can play the game and the rest of us have to wanna be.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 08:47 PM

7. That's not gonna help!

 

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 08:48 PM

8. Good for them!!!!

 

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Response to Sheelanagig (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 04:01 PM

37. Welcome to DU, Sheelanagig!

Glad you're here! I don't know if it'll work or not, but I LOVE seeing this! And I LOVE Emma Thompson, just anyway. HUGELY talented actress/screenwriter and a human being with a HUGE heart, too.

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Response to calimary (Reply #37)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 06:15 PM

42. A human being with a HUGE heart that is in the right place

sounds like a winner to me. Lets get this movement under way

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Response to calimary (Reply #37)

Mon Mar 2, 2015, 12:11 PM

47. Thanks, calimary! I admire both Emma Thompson and Greg Wise.

 

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 09:04 PM

9. bet prison will be vastly different then the lifestyle they are currently living. nt

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Response to littlewolf (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 01:52 PM

24. I doubt it will get that far, but

 

Kudos to them for standing up the the intentionally flawed system.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 09:27 PM

10. i would rather their money and possessions stripped from their greedy hands. ALL OF IT.

let them have 'cake'. send them to somalia.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 09:29 PM

11. I Always Liked Her, But Like Her More Now

It's time to really go after the plutocracy, here or abroad, enough is enough.

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Response to colsohlibgal (Reply #11)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:43 PM

34. Yup - my thoughts too.

You have to wonder how many bright lights like Emma Thompson and other intelligent people aren't horrified by what has happened to the equity spread - the distance between the poor and the rich. Probably most of them don't like the fact that they have to make their $millions on the backs of peasants like us, but they also don't want to offend their $billion patrons.

Kudos to Emma and many other "personalties" that are trying to get some fairness back into common people's lives.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 09:31 PM

12. Bravo for Emma. Great actress, great person.

 

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 09:45 PM

13. Bravo to Emma Thompson for using her elevated soapbox

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 10:01 PM

14. Good for them, BUT...

 

How much money do THEY have hidden away to avoid taxes ??
Rich people with good accountants can say almost anything
and not worry about being effected.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 10:15 PM

15. When wealthy people stand up for Socialism there is hope

 

Many of the uninformed think those in need of public assistance are leaches. One of the Tory's major talking points in the UK and US Republicans.

Emma Thompson is a great actress and an even greater Lady. And to be perfectly clear, if there was a vote most people in the UK would love to see the end of the Royals, who along with the Bankers are the true leaches on that society.

In the USA, UK, New Zealand socialism, not the corporate kind has proven to benefit all, it created the middle class that is now being destroyed by the fascists who have spent the last century ripping apart.

Time to turn guns into plows and false promises into butter, or something like that.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 10:15 PM

16. ..HE HE HE HE HE HE...

 

And HSBC.

I think I still owe them more than a thousand pounds from an old bank acct. I had with them when working in Belfast years ago.

Good luck in finding them assholes!

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sat Feb 28, 2015, 10:33 PM

17. Bravo Emma!

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 01:50 AM

19. Love Emma.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 01:55 AM

20. Excellent, we've been talking about this for a long time. Now someone is willing to do it so

publicly. I hope many more join them and that they put the money in escro so they cannot be prosecuted. Good for them. I love FIGHTERS.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 06:22 AM

21. Right on!

"I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound fucking socialist and I believe we are all in it together."

Love it!



We need to do this in the U.S.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 07:13 AM

22. this could be compared

to "hostage-taking" (hostage being the money) or "terrorism" (witholding unless demands are met). If everyone did it for the right reasons, i could condone it. But i could see the idea sweeping across an already devastated population pretty quickly. Taxes pretty much enable our gov't to function. I approved of the War Tax resistors, but they mostly intentionally kept their income below Fed taxation levels. If every "disgusted with our gov't" individual decided they weren't gonna pay taxes b/c {insert individual issue with gov't here}, the shit would start to roll downhill pretty quick.

And yes, i realize there are already sovereign idiots out there and grifters and scammers and people with accountants... but what if most regular people just stopped paying?


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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:05 PM

26. What if a few million people did the same? Might that make something happen??

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:14 PM

28. "I am a profound fucking socialist and I believe we are all in it together. "

No triangulation in that... how refreshing. We can't even get many Democrats in this country to announce they're proud to be members of the Democratic Party. Or to state that they voted for the current Democratic president, and proudly so. Oh, they can turn it on at slick conventions every four years, but the in-between years leave A LOT to be desired.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:27 PM

31. Slaves don't get to not pay tax.

 

- The only way to avoid paying tax, is to become FREE.

K&R

The petty right and the bumbling left find themselves unexpectedly meeting one another these days, as they navigate the craters of our bombed out economic landscape.

Were it not for the ideological war in progress (it's not a cultural war, no matter what the university pundits say, it's a capitalist state sponsored ideological war), they would probably form a powerful combined populist movement that would scare Washington right out of its silk shorts. Naturally, political strategists on both sides do everything possible to keep the rank and file from discovering the growing overlap of liberal and conservative thinking (or in some cases, nonthinking).

Not many working people on either side still believe that what is good for Wall Street is good for Main Street, or that very much trickles down from Wall Street to our level. No matter how much money we sweat for, or borrow -- or Congress borrows in our name without ever asking us -- and throw at Wall Street, the money sticks up there on the fortieth floor.

Then it disappears into that bizarro funhouse mirror of the real economy, the virtual economy -- euphemistically called banking and investment and the market. Our market system of "investment" is based upon getting in at the right moment, grabbing other people's money, then getting out fast. Which pretty much describes the key elements a bank heist.

From Wall Street To Skank Street
RIP - Joe Bageant, (1946-2011)


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Response to DeSwiss (Reply #31)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:50 PM

36. +1

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:28 PM

32. Meh. A couple of 1%ers refusing to pay their taxes doesn't impress me nt

 

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #32)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 04:25 PM

39. Huh?

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 03:46 PM

35. Oh dear, the third way folks have their frowny faces on... :(

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 04:24 PM

38. Loves me some Emma Thompson



Bravissima!

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 05:10 PM

40. Excellent

 

I believe it is time for *real* democrats to tell the third way crowd:

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 05:56 PM

41. They be goin to the slam

Seeya!!

IRS aint goina let them slide.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 06:16 PM

43. bullshit. They just don't want to pay taxes

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 06:22 PM

44. Bravo, Emma...

I love you so very much!

This is the kind of language that needs to be spoken!

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 06:31 PM

45. I'm not impressed.

If I declared I wasn't going to pay taxes for any reason, I would go to prison and most people would be glad. A rich Hollywood type decides she's not going to pay taxes, and people seem to think she hung the moon.

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Sun Mar 1, 2015, 09:30 PM

46. k&r

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Response to Segami (Original post)

Mon Mar 2, 2015, 12:25 PM

48. I....don't...get....it?

Because she's upset that HSBC avoids taxes, she's going to avoid paying taxes as well?

That's just an odd position to take.

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