6 Apr 2012

Robin Hood Campaign grows.....

Here's part of their recent campaign email with an appeal to write to your MP:

David Cameron calls it ‘madness’. And George Osborne would rather let the rich pay less than tax the banks. But millions of people know that the Robin Hood Tax makes sense. So thanks for staying with us. It’s been an amazing two years – and 2012 is full of opportunity. This email is longer than ususal but it's time for an update. Here’s the latest…

Cameron and Osborne: isolated

Four of Europe’s five biggest economies – France, Germany, Spain and Italy – are now hoping to set up a financial transactions tax. The UK isn’t on that list. Yet. But bank taxes are now a public issue. And the PM and the Coalition Government are increasingly isolated and out-of-touch.

Many MPs have shown their support – and answered your letters with thoughtful, personal and positive letters. It’s the biggest weapon in our arsenal. So please write to your MP to keep the pressure on party leaders>>

Not a Robin Hood Budget

The Coalition took our name in vain when they trailed a ‘Robin Hood Budget’. It was less Robin Hood and more Sheriff of Nottingham – protecting millionaires and taking from the millions. It also came shortly after this year’s bonus announcements with Barclays alone announcing £1.5bn in bonuses – yet another sign that the banks are living in a parallel universe. So Robin Hood activists decided a trip to London was in order. You might have seen or heard us making our opinions known on BBC News.

City expert rubbishes anti-RHT claims

When the Robin Hood Tax started to get serious, a slew of 'reports' appeared outlining how the tax would variously destroy the financial sector, pensions and jobs. This doesn’t add up. But don’t take our word for it. Just ask City Expert and ex-senior banker Avinash Persaud. He recently pointed out that a Robin Hood Tax in the UK is likely to add to GDP and create the equivalent of 75,000 jobs – by injecting billions into the economy and rebalancing it away from the City.

So it’s time for the Coalition to stop ignoring the obvious. Write to your MP and explain Osborne won’t bring down the deficit by letting the richest off the hook>>

We’re going from strength to strength.

It was never going to be an easy fight. But let’s remember who’s behind us. Around the world there are campaigns in 21 countries representing 220 million people. And that’s not to mention the leading international figures on our side, including Bill Gates, Desmond Tutu, the Pope and 1,000 economists. Together, this growing movement will make this tax happen – saving public services, kick-starting a green economy and tackling poverty at home and around the world. See more at: http://robinhoodtax.org/

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