Edinburgh Uncut: Tax Dodger Picnic (12th June)

Today’s Tax Dodger picnic was a great success: we managed to spend several hours protesting in Princes Street with no arrests, and we even managed to leave with all of our banners.

In contrast with our last few actions, Lothian and Borders Police took a distinctly hands-off approach, and spent a lot of time watching us from inside their van. We were most disappointed, as this took all the fun out of the Protest Bingo game we had planned (we had printed bingo cards and everything). Two officers came to speak to us before we set off, giving us the usual speech about “facilitating our protest”, and since they addressed one member of the group by name without having been introduced, we think they might have been trying to make a point there. But we were undeterred, so we gathered up our flags, banners, and the enormous box of cupcakes, and headed off to Vodafone.

Vodafone have recently extended their shop on Princes Street from the tiny little cubicle where we managed to fill nearly the entire floor space with a sit-down protest last December, into a big glass box with only a single door. Needless to say, we didn’t get inside, but we did offer to share our cakes with the Vodafone staff to show that there was no personal animosity (they declined, pointing to a sign on their front window forbidding anyone to bring food inside). From there we moved on to Topshop, were the doors were also closed before we arrived, although the manager seemed to have phoned the police anyway, because a few minutes after he was on the phone, another two officers in high-vis gear came along the street and went to talk to their colleagues in the van, which today was parked on a mini-roundabout.

Our third stop was BHS – the scene of the arrests on our last two actions – and this time we had a police escort following us at a distance. At BHS we asked the security guard where they considered the boundary of their property to be, so that we could stay on the other side of that line while we picnicked and handed out flyers. Their security guards didn’t want to share our cake either, so there was plenty left for us and the interested passers-by. The police walked past a few times, but they didn’t find anything we were doing particularly objectionable.

Finally, we visited Boots, and this time we actually managed to get inside the shop. About half of the group lined up just inside of the front doors with banners, while the others stayed outside to hand out flyers. Rather than engage with us, the management of Boots phoned the police – who turned up with their van and two 4x4s – and one of the managers went to discuss the situation with the police on the other side of the road. We were then finally asked to leave by a rather abrupt woman, who decided that she had to grab your humble narrator’s arm quite roughly in order to make her point. Had any Uncutters behaved like that, we would almost certainly have been arrested for assault, but it seems that the rules are applied differently depending on who you are. We agreed to leave the premises, but stayed to picnic outside for a while before heading off to stage a repeat performance in the Boots branch on North Bridge.

All in all, it was a bit less eventful than our other recent actions, but for now we’re happy to live quietly.

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Comments

a question to the protesters

By Anonymous

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

Vodaphone and Boots the chemist get their money from their customers, don't they, ordinary working class people like you and me. 

Can any one suggest any reason why they would not just put up their prices if they are made to pay "their" taxes? 

Are you saying that Boots shouldn't pay taxes? I assume that if they put up their prices then folk would go elsewhere or do without. I'm not a protester but the idea that huge firms who make huge profits should pay little or no tax is ridiculous.

Wether Boots or any other company should or shouldn't pay tax is a completely different issue. The fact is that they don't. They never have. And they never will. Consumers do. 

Businesses just collect tax for their governments. 

If you think you can put political pressure on a huge corporation and expect it to hit the rich powerful at the top, you're deluded.

If anyone suffers, it's going to be the shopper and the man on the checkout. 

"Can any one suggest any reason why they would not just put up their prices if they are made to pay "their" taxes? "

Does the likes of Superdrug pay taxes and still manage to compete on price? Or are they tax dodgers?

 

 

a question to the protesters

By Anonymous

OMG what a retarded 'debate', why don't people actually do some research instead of blindly accepting the official anarchist line, does anybody takes this site seriously as a credible news source or forum for debate / comment

a question to the protesters

By CH

I would reply but am waiting for Bakunin to answer my phone calls asking what the official anarchist line on idiot trolling is.

Anonymous wrote:

OMG what a retarded 'debate', why don't people actually do some research instead of blindly accepting the official anarchist line, does anybody takes this site seriously as a credible news source or forum for debate / comment

a question to the protesters

By PP. everone

Vodaphone and Boots the chemist get their money from their customers, don't they, ordinary working class people like you and me. 

Can any one suggest any reason why they would not just put up their prices if they are made to pay "their" taxes? 

a question to the protesters

By Anonymous

 

Anonymous wrote:

Vodaphone and Boots the chemist get their money from their customers, don't they, ordinary working class people like you and me. 

Can any one suggest any reason why they would not just put up their prices if they are made to pay "their" taxes? 

Are you saying that Boots shouldn't pay taxes? I assume that if they put up their prices then folk would go elsewhere or do without. I'm not a protester but the idea that huge firms who make huge profits should pay little or no tax is ridiculous.

a question to the protesters

By Anonymous

 

Anonymous wrote:

 

Anonymous wrote:

Vodaphone and Boots the chemist get their money from their customers, don't they, ordinary working class people like you and me. 

Can any one suggest any reason why they would not just put up their prices if they are made to pay "their" taxes? 

Are you saying that Boots shouldn't pay taxes? I assume that if they put up their prices then folk would go elsewhere or do without. I'm not a protester but the idea that huge firms who make huge profits should pay little or no tax is ridiculous.

Wether Boots or any other company should or shouldn't pay tax is a completely different issue. The fact is that they don't. They never have. And they never will. Consumers do. 

Businesses just collect tax for their governments. 

If you think you can put political pressure on a huge corporation and expect it to hit the rich powerful at the top, you're deluded.

If anyone suffers, it's going to be the shopper and the man on the checkout. 

a question to the protesters

By Anonymous

 

CH wrote:

I would reply but am waiting for Bakunin to answer my phone calls asking what the official anarchist line on idiot trolling is.

Anonymous wrote:

OMG what a retarded 'debate', why don't people actually do some research instead of blindly accepting the official anarchist line, does anybody takes this site seriously as a credible news source or forum for debate / comment

 This Anonymous must be a mental retard, or one of the Crooked Directors of some of the above TAX DOGING CROOKS.

If the ordinary hard working people of this corrupt country have to pay TAXES then these FAT CATS should have to pay taxes also.

And at least these protesters have the guts to do something, Anonymous probably sitting at home potted up with drugs

drinking alcohol and living on State Benefits, and pops down to the Masonic Lodge and sells his home grown Cannabis to the Junkies and Drunks in the Masonic Criminal Den.