Talking of Broadcasting House, today's edition featured a section on offshore accounts and tax. Presenter Paddy O'Connell went for a walk along along the Thames embankment with William Brittain-Catlin, author of Offshore: The Dark Side of the Global Economy. He's not keen on either offshore banking or the global economy, which makes him perfect to appear on the BBC! "Global finance is alienating in an essential way" , he said. "There's a kind of asocial, amoral side to global finance." He supports the government's new legislation on offshore banking.
Mr Brittain-Catlin has, elsewhere, described the Cayman Islands as a "slave to global capitalism", and talks of the "rotten excesses" of the capitalist system, arguing that globalisation comes about from the "secret realm" of "the historic bourgeois". I think we can guess where he's coming from!
You won't perhaps be surprised to hear that this chap also used to be a BBC producer! I suspect plenty of present BBC producers hold not dissimilar views!
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