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May 6, 2012

A Burdz Eye View

Standing up for poor people and against poverty was something Cardinal Tom Winning did with aplomb.  He was always at his most sure-footed when castigating the greedy and the uber-wealthy for not paying their fair share.  Somewhat belatedly, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has realised this is safe – or at least, safer – territory from where to make forays into public policy.

Don’t just protect your very rich colleagues in the financial industry, consider the moral obligation to help the poor of our country” was his call to the Prime Minister, David Cameron.  The remarks were made as part of an appeal to introduce the Tobin tax which taxes financial transactions and redistributes the income to some of the poorest here and abroad.  His timing was prescient.

Yesterday, the Sunday Times published its annual rich list.  Scotland now has five billionaires and 74 Scots joined the rich list this…

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