Mark Thomas, a left-wing English comedian, presenter, political activist and reporter from south London gave a compelling talk at The Bank of Ideas, Occupy London’s first building at 29 Sun Street. London, UK. 20th November 2011
Mark Thomas tonight (20 Nov.) talked to a large gathering at the Bank of Ideas in London, the well-marshalled venue hosting Occupy activists and some of their initiatives.
Subsequent to congratulating Occupy activists on the inroads they've made for the causes of democracy and justice, Mark recalled a campaign to "Invade" the offshore island of Jersey - a tax haven some 180 miles from the English coast. This is owing to the fact that companies registered in Jersey and the nearby island of Guernsey benefitted from "tax-efficient" schemes which sees the British tax payer and wider society out of pocket.
Mark explained that some UK government buildings, including those housing the Home Office and Ministry of Defence, are owned by such offshore entities. The incredulity of such issues were met by gasps from some of the crowd.
While identifying major issues contributing to domestic fiscal strife, Mark also put forward some cogent remedies to the ailing UK economy: a primary example being the Tobin tax.
Mark then went on to discuss various subjects of his recent literature in his own inimitable style.
Judging by the large audience, the Bank of Ideas has without doubt got off to a flying start. The crowd is hungry for more.