Our Lord and Master Alex Salmond brokered, what he’s dubbed, a “fantastic deal” with online sales giant Amazon by providing substantial government handouts to set up a distribution centre in Dunfermline, alongside its customer call centre in Edinburgh!
However, and here’s the rub, Amazon has paid no corporation tax in the UK! Would you credit it, well Big ‘Eck obviously has to the tune of more than £10 million in government subsidies for Amazon!
Amazon is under investigation in the UK for its tax affairs, with the firm transferring the ownership of the main Amazon.co.uk business to a Luxembourg company – a legal arrangement it admits hands it a “favourable effective tax rate”.
Ensure that Westminster never hand Holyrood the power to set corporation tax whilst SNP are in power.
Lobby for government to support indigenous Scottish firms as a priority.
Press Big ‘Eck to answer the question “Is a company with sales figures of £3.3 billion last year, that has avoided paying corporation in the UK for three years, the sort of company the SNP wants in an independent Scotland?”
Introduce a robust due diligence process for all potential inward investment.
A MASSIVE #skelptarse for Alex Salmond for not seeing beyond what he claims to be a “very positive impact” with the creation of up to 2,000 jobs full and part-time jobs – Not if the tax bill isn’t paid DOH!
I can’t see how Big ‘Eck’s going to get away with using public money to grab headlines, but then what’s new? Let’s hear your side of the story Alex!
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What is Skelpt Arse?
To use a splendid bit of sadly, now seldom-used Scottish vernacular, whose 'arse' definitely needs 'skelpt'?
Who or what has been letting you down, letting our magnificent country down or who generally needs brought into line. Politicians? Overly politically-correct-mandarins? Jobsworth civil-servants? Service industry specialists who've not been servicing? You tell us!
We've got a sliding scale of 'skelpitness' from a light smack or a pure, red, stinger? You decide!