Germaine Greer: [nabob] No, I'm not saying give up because we will eventually arrive at some form of multinational taxation. But we might have to fight a few wars before we get there. It's not going to be easy and it's a fact about taxation. If you actually look the history of taxation, the people who paid the biggest amount of tax were farmers who had the least income, the nabobs paid very little or no tax.
Theodore Dalrymple: [imposition] But, there is one small thing that worries me a little about the discussion I've seen in Australia, and that is there is no distinction made between evasion and avoidance, and avoidance is perfectly legal and I wouldn't be surprised if there were many people in these audience who have, on occasion avoided some tax by for example, claiming expenses, and that's perfectly legal. If you object to what the companies do, you have to change the legal framework in which they are operating, and I think it's wrong to confuse these two things, criminal activity, with activity which may be morally doubtful, but our law is not just imposition of what we think is moral. And I would agree again with Germaine, I don't think the money, just given that the government can take necessarily translates directl
y into better schools. The reason our schools are not very good or many of our schools, in Britain, are not very good is not because we don't spend any money, it's because we don't teach people correctly.
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