As you've heard by now, HSBC has been taking some heat this month for helping clients not pay taxes, a service it proudly offered for many years. Chief Executive Officer Stuart Gulliver has apologized a few times, said he feels ashamed about the whole thing, etc (while also offering that he thinks banks are held to unrealistically high standards), but a lot of people are still angry about the whole thing. And though for many it's an impotent kind of rage that they feel they cannot channel or do anything about, actor Greg Wise (AKA Emma Thompson's husband) has other plans.
"I want to stop paying tax, until everyone pays tax,” the actor Greg Wise is saying. His hands are imploring claws, rigid in the space between us. “I have actively loved paying tax, because I am a profound f****** socialist and I believe we are all in it together. But I am disgusted with HMRC. I am disgusted with HSBC. And I’m not paying a penny more until those evil bastards go to prison.” He shakes his head then adds of his “missus”, Emma Thompson, the Oscar-winning actress, “Em’s on board. She agrees. We’re going to get a load of us together. A movement. They can’t send everyone to prison. But we’ll go to prison if necessary. I mean it. It’s going to be like 1848 all over again.” And then he laughs, disarmingly. “I sound like Russell f****** Brand, don’t I?”
‘I won’t pay a penny of tax until those evil b******* go to prison’ [London Evening Standard]