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Simon Kirkland

Acting Senior UK Political Adviser at Christian Aid. Previously worked in health policy, UK Parliament & UK civil service.

Acting Senior UK Political Adviser at Christian Aid. Work on issues like tax justice, climate change, gender equality and country-specific issues relating to our programme work. I've been particularly involved in campaigns around tax transparency and anti-corruption in recent years.

Since When Did Dodging Tax Become Morally Acceptable?

Since the Paradise Papers busted open again the scale of offshore tax avoidance available to the super-rich but not to you and me, one thing has really troubled me. Why have so many shrugged their shoulders at this and seemed to imply that it is fine that the super-rich dodge their taxes using fancy schemes while you and me pay more to fund our schools and hospitals, or receive less well-funded services?
10/11/2017 11:55 GMT

The Paradise Papers Show This Rotten Offshore System Needs To Change

These latest leaks make one thing clear. The era of secrecy is over. Transparency is the way forward. It's a matter of when not if. More leaks are coming. It time for the UK to get ahead of the curve once more, and to stop wringing its hands and crying crocodile tears. Please join me in calling for action.
06/11/2017 00:23 GMT

Hanging Out On The Fringes - Labour Conference 2017

The Labour Party has a tradition of inviting pre-eminent international speakers to address its conference. President Bill Clinton did it twice in 2002 and 2006, and the late, great, Nelson Mandela addressed the conference in Brighton in 2000.
12/10/2017 11:48 BST

Lines In The Political Sand

So it is that time of year again. The time when political hacks descend on the British seaside to drink too much warm wine and eat soggy sandwiches together. Also known as party conference season.
22/09/2017 11:48 BST

One Year On - Still Waiting For Tax

They say that a week is a long time in politics. But recently it feels like a day is enough to change almost anything. And if it is true that a political week is a long time, then right now a year feels like a very very long time indeed.
07/07/2017 11:42 BST

Let's Start Talking About How We Spend Aid

If all parties can agree on how much we spend, the 0.7 per cent, then we can all finally move on to talking about how the money can best be spent. And that should be a very interesting and useful debate indeed.
24/04/2017 12:58 BST

Yes, Charity Begins At Home... But Should Not End There

While the nation debates what a global Britain should look like post-Brexit, I hope that we can stop talking about slashing our aid budget. It's not in our national interest. It would leave some of the world's poorest people high and dry, and make our world less safe, healthy and prosperous for everyone.
18/04/2017 17:07 BST

A Year On From The Panama Papers - When Will We See Real Transparency On Tax?

A year on from the scandal of the Panama Papers and in the new reality of Brexit, the UK is thinking about its 'Global Britain' role in the world. The UK must continue to lead on transparency and anti-corruption issues. The first step in this should be committing that all of our Overseas Territories will have the same level of transparency as the UK, and within the lifetime of this Parliament.
02/04/2017 18:55 BST