Sunday, August 21, 2016

deep down & for goodness sake



Joseph Tawadros: [deep down] Come on, you know you want to, deep down you really want to, come on, be honest. Come on.

Germaine Greer: [for goodness sake; the whole point; supranational; ]  Look, for goodness sake, here we're saying we're going to do this, that and the other, we're going to make these people pay, and so on and so forth, the whole point is that we don't have a way of making them pay. Partly because we maintain tax havens. The biggest one is the British Virgin Islands. Close it down. But it is not going to happen, because it's useful. It's useful in other ways.  You can not take multinationals and tell them that they've got to pay you tax. I'll be perfectly happy if Starbucks disappeared tomorrow. But it's not going to, until we have a supranational level at which multinational companies can be taxed. And it's almost impossible to imagine how we'd ever do that. We'd have to sit down and decide who deserves what, it's hard enough to decide with the states in Australia who deserves what. And we've got the same situation now with enormous companies who keep telling you they're not breaking the law. And we are actually forgetting something about them, the first responsibility of a company is to its shareholders, they are not allowed to just give away money because it would be a noble thing to do, or because it would buy more hospital beds, in my view, there are too many hospital beds already. The aim of a health service is to keep people out of hospital, not in hospital ...


deep down:
if you have a particular quality deep down, you have that quality, although you try to keep it hidden from other people;

for goodness sake:
1. used to express surprise, exasperation, or extreme anxiety, or for emphasis;
2. used for showing that you are annoyed, impatient, worried, or surprised.

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