Give Google the Finger

Give Google the FingerOne of the things that is really, really getting my goat are the corporate giants like Amazon, Starbucks and Google who have taken to biting the hands that feed them by avoiding paying tax where their customers live.

Well it’s time to fight back. I haven’t quite managed to source an alternative to Amazon, but I do go out of my way to find a Costa outlet if I find myself in desperate need of a coffee.

You might think that Google, like Amazon, is difficult to replace, but that just ain’t so. I’ve switched to DuckDuckGo.com as my home and search page. It works just as well if not better than Google and doesn’t track its users.

More to the point, the company is still small enough to be ethical and doesn’t use immoral tax avoidance methods, so join the Give Google the Finger campaign.

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5 comments… Add yours
  • Puddingbucks 23rd May 2013

    I guess that Google, Amazon, Starbucks and the rest are simply doing what the rich have always done – pulled strings and devised dodges to avoid paying their fair share. Without such cunning England wouldn’t have its great country estates like Chatsworth, Wentworth Woodhouse, Harewood House etc.. And if we picked away at the family histories of the ConDem cabinet, I am sure we would find evidence of appalling deception in tax affairs.
    P.S. Why go to “Costa” when you could have Missus Parrot make you up a flask?

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    • Mr Parrot 23rd May 2013

      Of course the rich have always got richer by avoiding tax, although I think the examples you quote predate income tax etc. The difference with the likes of Google, Amazon and Starbucks is that they make their profits directly from our pockets, money that we’ve had to pay tax on without any intention of putting anything back into the country.

      By the way, it’s me that makes up the coffee flask at weekend!

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      • Puddingbucks 23rd May 2013

        What’s the point of marriage if the missus doesn’t make yer snap?

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        • Trevor Rowley 25th May 2013

          “Snap?”, that’s a reet northern expression, Mr Pudding – one that my late parents always used. They were both from mining families (Staffordshire and County Durham) then fetched up on the Lancashire/Cheshire side of the Pennines..

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  • Jennyta 23rd May 2013

    Thanks, SP, I will try DuckDuckGo.

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