If any of you were just watching BBC breakfast then you might have seen Richard Curtis and Bill Nighy discussing the launch of their campaign for a new ‘Robin Hood Tax’ on the financial services industry.
Richard Curtis being the fabulous film-maker he is also gave us this gem of a clip starring, of course, Bill Nighy.
The concept is simple – levy a small tax on financial transactions and use the money to do things like –
* Meeting the Government’s target to halve child poverty (£4bn).
* Ending the benefit trap that makes it too expensive for people to leave welfare and return to work (£2.7bn).
* Protecting schools and hospitals at home and abroad under threat of cuts.
* Meeting the Millennium Development Goals to cut child deaths by two-thirds, maternal mortality by two-thirds and tackle malaria and HIV/AIDS.
* Providing resources to enable a deal to be done on tackling climate change.
And when I say small, I mean small – even a levy of 0.05% could amount to an extra £255bn in revenues. It seems to me that the issue is not as complicated as those in the banking sector would suggest – it is a simple small levy on one of the most privileged sectors on the planet, the result of which has the potential to change millions of lives for the better. Put even simpler than that – It is a no-brainer.
If you want to show your support for the campaign then go to www.robinhoodtax.org.uk – now.. go on, what are you waiting for?