Greg Wise, the actor married to Emma Thompson, has announced that he and his wife will refuse to pay tax until those involved in the HSBC tax avoidance scandal go to prison.
Wise, currently rehearsing for Kill Me Now, his first play in 17 years, criticised the Government’s reaction to the flagrancy of HSBC’s tax avoidance schemes.
“They haven’t even been slapped on the wrist because of this beautiful grey area between avoidance and evasion. It’s iniquitous. We need to do something.”
The couple's bold statement was championed by Russell Brand on Twitter:
HMRC has come under fire in the HSBC scandal because of its perceived failure to carry out a criminal investigation into the bank, which has its headquarters in London. The agency found more than 1,000 tax avoiders among almost 7,000 UK clients of HSBC Suisse and yet only one individual has been prosecuted.
Wise said that it was the scale of these injustices that made him so angry.
“I’m the least violent man you’ve ever met, but I will plough into fights in the street to stop someone being set upon,” he said. “Days after I’m a mess because I hate violence. But I just cannot see injustice.”
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