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  • Article: Dec 1, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green

    There was an interesting series of interviews on 'Farming Today' on Saturday morning radio. Admittedly, I'm not a farmer and I'd rather have been asleep at that time of the weekend but sometimes I don't sleep too well.

    It was all about slaughtering animals for meat. Perhaps not the best thing to wake up to but I eat meat and so I accept that animals have to be killed to feed me.

  • Article: Nov 30, 2018

    Canterbury City Council, quite rightly, is asking DSG Retail to pay the business rates they owe following their departure from the premises at the corner of Burgate and Longport. It is indeed inexcusable that DSG are trying to wriggle out of their responsibilities. Indeed it is even more inexcusable to hide behind a charity, Computers 4 Africa, to claim business rates relief. All power to the councils elbow in getting back the £286,000 we are due and in naming and shaming them.

    Let us be quite clear about this. Tax evasion of this sort is as bad, if not worse, than common theft. It also reflects directly back onto us as residents. The £286,000 is outstanding. If not paid, we, residents will have to pay it through our Council Tax.

    Of course, the council is rightly exercised over this and asks DSG Retail to examine their collective conscience and cough up. However, Canterbury City Council needs to inspect its own conscience too. For example, as a Councillor, I have been issued with an iPad. It's made by Apple. A company famous for international tax fiddling. The council has increased its use of Google products. Another major tax avoider.

    If the council is going to get sanctimonious about tax avoidance - and I very much hope they are - then they need to put their own house in order too.

    Personally I never go to Starbucks, never use Amazon, don't own anything made by Apple, would never shop at any of Sir Philip Green's establishments and will do my damndest to avoid any company that fails to pay fair taxes, or worse still, exploits charities, tax loopholes and fancy accounting practices. I freely admit that sometimes I have no option, so widespread is this form of international fraud. But I do my best.

    If everyone paid their fair share, we would either end up with far better public services or we would pay a lot less tax. We might even end up with both.

    So by all means name and shame the cheats and tax evaders but please ensure that you don't patronise them as well. It adds to their profits which we, in effect, have to subsidise out of our own taxes.

    If we all voted with our feet we might be better off!

  • Article: Nov 24, 2018
    By Nick Eden-Green

    I've had a rotten week trying and failing to sort out a problem for some of my residents. It's been rotten because I've failed. But it's been much, much more rotten for them because it involves rats. Lots of them. In bedrooms, kitchens, living rooms, all over the house.

    As soon as I heard about it on Monday I rang the council. I went through the rigmarole of which department I wanted, waited for 5 minutes listening to the music, being told to use the website, and I finally gave up.