Individuals or companies with a controlling interest in Newspapers should be tax resident in the UK.
Newspapers play a huge role in influencing public attitudes and government policy. A significant number of major titles are owned and/or controlled by individuals and companies that are either foreign nationals or are resident for tax purposes outside the UK. The vital role that newspapers have can be undermined by the business interests of these owners, while they enjoy the benefits of be domicied elswhere. As an example, we can look at the the press attention given to members of the House of Lords who were non-doms. These same papers carry significantly more influence than individual members of parliament, yet they operate under a totally different set of rules
Helene Hart commented
Completely agree with Mike on this.
anyone with commercial interests in britain should have to pay tax to our country. i am disgusted that the government dont close these offshore companies. did you know that bob geldof and bono both have their empires registered offshore including the houses they own, and avoid all sorts of taxes. this is scandalous. the lot of it.
Marcia Simpson-James commented
Yes, and pay the full whack of tax.
PHIL WHITFIELD commented
To reduce the covert political influence of newspapers on public opinion & voters, it should be compulsory for all newspapers to publish in each copy the residential & tax status of their owners.
Josephine Berganza commented
Influencing on mass and avoiding any adverse consequences. We cannot let ourselves be controlled by individuals and groups who share none of our interests.
Marlon Jones commented
The media's degree of influence looks increasingly like a new form of colonialism, with empires controlled by individuals rather than nations. The least these figures can do is pay taxes.
Janet Finlayson commented
I agree with Steve and David.
David Kuun commented
External business interests should not be allowed to sway public attitudes or government policy
Jo Wood commented
Insidious external control
Steve Elsworth commented
and they should pay the full rate of UK tax too
Dick Davies commented
No right to 'mass manipulation' without taxation.
anna lovatt commented
Yet again, the very important of media and information in this country is not really our own matter. This is a very important campaign. Please sign it everyone.
Angela Vaughan Parry commented