Monthly Archives: April 2013

Npower Scandal

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Dear Andy,

Npower have been rumbled! Over the past few days a top tax expert has been investigating their accounts. Today the results of that investigation are splashed across the Sun newspaper – where it will be read by millions. [1]

Last week we found out Npower hadn’t paid a penny in corporation tax in the last three years. Now a tax expert – paid for by donations from 38 Degrees members – has uncovered the likely explanation. They’re funneling profits made in the UK through a shell company in Malta. It looks like this has helped them dodge £60 million in tax over the last four years! [2]

We’ve got them. And it’s donations from 38 Degrees members that have uncovered this scam. Other tax dodging companies have backed down once the glare of publicity is on them. This newspaper coverage, and our 100,000 signature strong petition is a great start. Now it’s time to take this straight to Npower’s chief executive.

Please click here to send Npower CEO Paul Massara an email demanding he meets with 38 Degrees members and tells us how he’ll put an end to this immoral tax dodge:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/email-npower-ceo

This is more sinister than just a spot of clever accounting. Every time a company like Npower avoids paying their fair share, it means one of two things for the rest of us: more cuts or tax rises.

If we combine our pressure with today’s media hit, we’ve got them right where we want them. Every message to Npower’s CEO sends him the powerful signal that their tax dodging is not acceptable. If Mr Massara doesn’t want his business to hemorrhage customers, it needs to change its cheating ways.

People power is stepping up where government has, so far, failed to act. Last year 38 Degrees members forced sponsors of the London Olympic Games to drop plans to take special tax bribes. Then public outcry forced tax-dodging Starbucks to change track. [3]

We’ve won before – and we know if we can keep the heat on NPower, we’ll win again.
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/email-npower-ceo

Thanks for being involved,

Becky, David, Belinda and the rest of the 38 Degrees team

PS: Npower’s PR line is that they’ve doing “nothing wrong”. It might not be illegal – but it is immoral. So let’s send them a clear message: if they want to keep their customers in Britain, they have to start paying their fair share of taxes here too. Please take two minutes to email Npower’s CEO now: https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/email-npower-ceo

NOTES
[1] Read the story in The Sun.
[2] Read the full report:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/npower-tax-report
[3] 38 Degrees blog: Olympics Tax Success:
http://blog.38degrees.org.uk/2012/07/20/eight-down-two-more-sponsors-give-up-their-tax-break/
BBC News: Tax not ‘voluntary’, Alexander tells firms:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20657312

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Sustainable Wales event FROCK SWAP!

Good Afternoon!!

We at SUSSED have a fantastic event lined up in the Green Room (above SUSSED), 15th of May at 8pm! Need to get rid of some closet space? Found you may have purchased something you would never wear? Then this is the event for you.

You are invited to our very own Frock Swap, this way you can get rid of some old clothes but may find something that you’ll treasure! Anyone is welcome at this event, men, women and children, so attack that wardrobe and lets get swapping!

Rules of Frock Swapping

  1. Participants should bring at lease one loved item (clothing/accessories).
  2. Items must be of a decent quality.
  3. Items swapped must be of close value.
  4. An entry fee of £3.00 must be paid before you can start rummaging.

All proceeds go to Sustainable Wales! For more information please check out the poster attached or call us, contacts below.

Kind Regards,

Elly Jones.

SURVEY: How well are Green Party politicians performing?

Im Stephen Wood and am an active member of the Green Party, based in London.

Thanks already to those of you who have been in touch about my piece earlier this week which examined how the Green Party has been performing since the election of its new leadership team. I’m starting to collate some of the feedback and these will be reflected in some of the pieces I’ll be writing in the next few days.

Today, I’m launching a survey for both Green Party activists and non-members to give some concrete feedback on the performance of all our elected politicians and Executive Officers. I’m hoping we’ll get a snapshot on the visibility of our elected representatives and the perceptions the public have on their effectiveness.

I hope you’ll take 60 seconds to complete the survey and share this with your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or other social media audiences to try and get as many people completing this survey in the next week or two.

Please click here to take the survey.

Alchemy, May 3 – GREEN ROOM Debate – Sustainable Wales

ALCHEMY: The Path Not Taken
Debate in Porthcawl.

Friday, MAY 3, 2013, 8pm at SUSSED,
5, John St., Porthcawl CF36

This is the latest in a series of Green Room debates organized by
Sustainable Wales. It will be led by Kristian Evans, who writes:

Many of us think of alchemists as charlatans, vainly attempting to
transmute lead into gold.

Yet alchemy was once considered the Great Work, that allowed us to
approach divine consciousness.

This Great Work has had a profound impact, influencing Shakespeare
and Newton, then Picasso, the Surrealists, and Ted Hughes. But alchemy
is largely forgotten, replaced by the rationalist science familiar to
Us today: objective, realist, materialist.

In the talk we will look at some of the claims of alchemy, its influence
and the consequences of its rejection.

Kristian Evans, poet and artist from Kenfig, is writing a book length
sequence of poems on alchemy-related themes, A Nomads Garden.

Entry: £3.
Details: Sustainable Wales 01656 783962.
Robert Minhinnick
11Park Avenue
Porthcawl CF 36 3EP
Tel: 01656 773627

Bridgend Green Party Meeting Agenda – Thursday 25th April 2013

(See note below re. People’s Assembly)

7.00pm Thursday 25th April 2013 at the

The Railway PH (at the bottom of Station Hill).

ALL WELCOME (Especially new members!)

AGENDA:

  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Apologies for Absence
  3. Minutes and matters arising
  4. Officers’ reports
  5. European Elections candidates – Andy/Rozz
  6. Councillor feedback – Kathy
  7. Campaigns update – Fracking / 20’s Plenty – Andy / Gareth
  8. New website proposals – Adam
  9. Sponsored event – Laurie
  10. AOB
  11. DoNM

NOTE – Venue is 1 minute’s walk from both the Bus and Train stations in Bridgend.

REMINDER – If anyone needs a lift to any of our meetings, let Andy know (078 1066 3241) and we will organise it for you.

 

People’s Assembly Against Austerity – London- 22nd June

Tickets are selling fast and are close to selling out. For more information and to book your place at this historic event:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/5373440104?ref=ebtnebregn

The Decline of Violence

It is all too easy to watch news bulletins and feel exasperated by the images of violence they portray. I regularly encounter the common perception that we are living in unprecedentedly violent times. It just ain’t so!

The 2013 Voltaire Lecture was given by Professor Steven Pinker and was a celebration of the decline of violence that he has identified across the world as a whole, on the back of an impressive body of evidence to support his conclusions.

The evidence points to a steady decrease in violence from ancient times to the present day, which can be attributed to a range of factors. Prominent among these is the great advances made in spreading rational thinking and rejecting irrational prejudices. The justifications for violence are steadily being undermined. When you look at a large proportion of the violence that persists, a common denominator often emerges in the form of religious sectarian underpinnings.

Voltaire’s most famous maxim was: “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities”.

Show me an example of an atheist/humanist suicide bomber.

Pinker concludes his lecture with a call for us to stand up for the things that have made our world a less violent place, as we still have a long way to go. Those things are enlightenment values, reason, science and humanism.

These are values largely shared by the Green Party and the vast majority of its membership. This is why I am here.

Andy Chyba.

Listen to the Voltaire Lecture by Steven Pinker here: http://poddelusion.co.uk/blog/2013/03/22/voltaire-lecture-2013-with-steven-pinker-on-the-decline-of-violence/

Video will be shown here: http://www.youtube.com/user/BritishHumanists