Grandpa Jez And The TJN Terribly Confused About Amazon’s Tax Payments

Jeremy Corbyn has sent Amazon a 25th birthday card insisting that it should be paying more tax in the UK. He’s also insisting that it should be paying the staff more. Can’t really be both now, can it? If you pay the staff more then there are fewer profits to pay tax upon. The Tax Justice Network gets even more confused on the issue.

Amazon UK paid only £1.7m in corporation tax in 2017, its most recent annual public filing at Companies House, as pre-tax profits tripled to £72m.

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On The Road To The Cemetery – Bob Hope’s Birthday

Today is Bob Hope’s birthday. Or, rather, would be if he’d not died already. He managed to put it off for a long time but it did finally happen.

Leslie Townes Hope, KBE, KC*SG, KSS (May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003), known professionally as Bob Hope, was a British-born American stand-up comedian,[2] vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author. With a career that spanned nearly 80 years, Hope appeared in more than 70 short and feature films, with 54 feature films with Hope as star, including a series of seven “Road” musical comedy movies with Bing Crosby as Hope’s top-billed partner.

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It’s Maeve Binchy’s Birthday Today

This might be an event of more interest to the distaff side but then we aim to cater to many tastes here.

Maeve Binchy Snell (28 May 1939[1] – 30 July 2012), known as Maeve Binchy, was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist, and speaker best known for her sympathetic and often humorous portrayal of small-town life in Ireland, her descriptive characters, her interest in human nature, and her often clever surprise endings.

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Yes, Really. Kylie Minogue Is 51 Today

Princess of Pop might be overdoing it a bit for Kylie Minogue but she’s certainly been able to churn out the hits.

As to the background:

Kylie Ann Minogue, AO, OBE (/mɪˈnoʊɡ/; born 28 May 1968), also known mononymously as Kylie, is an Australian-British singer, songwriter and actress. She achieved recognition starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. Appearing in the series for two years, Minogue’s character married Scott Robinson (Jason Donovan) in an episode viewed by nearly 20 million people in the United Kingdom, making it one of the most watched Australian TV episodes ever.…

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