Robin Hood tax
The UK government should be asking itself whether it is right to continue protecting the City's gilded elite, whilst putting itself on the wrong side of public opinion.
Being poor in Britain in 2012 is brutal. You are more likely than not to come from a family where people are working, yet still despite your hard work, you cannot afford enough food to eat, or have to choose between heating your house and feeding your kids.
More than 70% of cash raised by a tax on financial transactions proposed by the European Commission (EC) would come from
Most progressives will have been astounded that a Chancellor who told us in his statement that "I regard tax evasion and - indeed - aggressive tax avoidance - as morally repugnant", then went on to reward it with his most controversial policy.
The European Commission has denied claims that Brussels had issued an ultimatum to David Cameron over his attitude towards
By opting for the wishes of the 1% in the City ahead of the needs of the rest of us, George Osborne risks public anger and a place on the wrong side of history.
Packing my bags to depart the G20 in Cannes, I leave with a sense both of what might have been but also inspiring memories and a real hope that the battle for a 'Robin Hood tax' on financial transactions might still be won.
"What would Jesus do?" everyone is asking. It's not outrageous to suggest that he would regularly sip a West End cappuccino with a prostitute friend on one side, and a desperate drug addict on the other. Certainly, the complexities of the modern world wouldn't scare him off.
Today, Bill Gates will present a report commissioned by President Sarkozy that will recommend G20 leaders adopt Robin Hood taxes as a way of fighting poverty and climate change. It is a real opportunity and one the G20 needs to grasp.My hope is that a group of willing leaders will use Cannes as an opportunity to press ahead with Robin Hood taxes to fight poverty in their own countries and overseas. It would be great if David Cameron joined them. For one thing it would make me and possibly the St Paul's protesters a little less angry.