I am well aware that many people find that my blogging on country-by-country reporting a little repetitive. That’s mainly because I’m determined to make sure people think that it was my idea and not something I pinched off the reporting for extractive industries.
The other day, I can’t remember which, I am so tirelessly expertising on taxation, I was doing that at the OECD on behalf of civil society.
Yes, that is right, I was the only person in the room from civil society. Business is no part of civil society, though civil society is entirely dependent on business unfortunately, but it must listen to civil society for which I always speak.
So it was very rude of the people in the room to express their own opinions of how we might improve the current system rather than listening to civil society’s demands (ie my demands) of why we should ditch the current system and use civil society’s proposal (ie my proposal).
So after listening for an hour civil society opened its mouth (ie I opened my mouth) and pointed out that 99.9% of the world’s population would not think this issue a priority in world taxation.
Civil society thought (ie I thought) that we should be just taking about how great country by country reporting is.
Somebody then pointed out to me that if one in a thousand people thought it was an issue, that was probably more than the proportion of the world who actually understand how world taxation works and it might be worth listening to them instead.
Also, an obvious neoliberal rudely commented to civil society (ie me, I think you get the idea now) that 99.9% of people don’t care how the tax system works, just that it does, and that’s what they were working on.
Civil society was not impressed with this response. So civil society decided to ignore the rest of the meeting and play on the internet instead.