Offshore tax evasion crackdown expected to raise £10bn…

Yesterday’s Guardian reports on Osbourne’s negotiations with Liechtenstein, Switzerland and a further 3 unidentified tax havens. The Treasury appear confident of raising £10bn over the next 5 years: The Treasury had only budgeted to raise £1bn across the parliament, mainly from an agreement with Liechtenstein. But George Osborne, the chancellor, is now expecting to raise £2bn to £3bn from secret bank accounts in the mini-state alone. Officials said a further £3bn was expected to be raised from Swiss bank accounts …

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‘Comrade Newton’ ignores the fact NI’s best jobs are in the public sector

To we are offering Peter Bunting, Assistant General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions a platform to respond to Newton Emeron’s piece ‘Days of whine and roses maybe over, Comrade’ in yesterday’s Irish News. His argument was, briefly, that public sector wages should be brought down towards the same level as those in the private sector.