It’s very easy to feel despairing about all the things that are wrong in our society, and conclude that there’s nothing we can do because nobody will listen.
But when it’s well-organised, ‘people power’ can bring influence to bear, although it will never be anything other than a hard and rocky road with steps backwards as well as forwards. Nevertheless, I would rather we tried and failed than that we didn’t try at all – what was that about ‘all that is needed for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing’?
You may or may not remember that recently I flagged up the Christian Aid campaign, working with multi-national businesses and governments, to end tax haven secrecy and therefore contribute to alleviating world poverty. They’ve taken their – our – concerns to the G20 summit and – some progress has been made
Here are the results of that meeting:
“A step towards one of our key calls for greater tax transparency has been made: the G20 members agreeed to sign a convention that will allow the exchange of tax information between them. They will also consider making information available automatically on a voluntary basis.
This means we are now much closer to our calls for Automatic Information Exchange, which will help combat tax secrecy.
The G20 listed 11 tax havens that have failed to deliver on tax transparency. French President Sarkozy said the worst offenders ‘will be excluded from the international community’.
David Cameron called for principles to govern matters such as tax transparency in the global economy.
All of this is really positive news and much more than we hoped for just a few months ago. As campaigners you should take great credit for what has been achieved. Not only have we kept tax havens on the agenda, but we have helped ensure moves have begun to be taken to help tackle tax haven secrecy.”
The report goes on to detail the steps that still need to be made. I like its sober, practical and persistent tone.
Never let it be said that we can’t make a difference!
If you’re interested you can read the full report here