Mark Littlewood appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss UK Uncut’s protest against Starbucks. Mark Littlewood defended Starbucks’ tax payments, stressing that corporation tax is levied on profits, not turnover.
The UK branch of Starbucks may turnover £400million, but it is only fair that transfer payments are made outside of the UK. If you show American movies, you would expect money to go to America, Mark Littlewood said.
UK Uncut are acting as George Osborne’s voluntary army of tax collectors, Littlewood argued. If they have a problem with the tax that multi-national companies are paying, they should complain in Whitehall, not in a coffee shop.
Listen to the full debate here. Segment starts at 6.00.