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Fair tax protest planned for comic Jimmy Carr's Poole gig
TRADES unionists will hold a demonstration outside comedian Jimmy Carr’s gig in Poole to raise awareness of fair taxation demands.
Some 30 members of the Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Trades Union Council will be leafleting the audience as they arrive for Mr Carr’s show at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on September 21.
The multi-millionaire star was pilloried in the press in June over his tax affairs when it was revealed he was using a tax avoidance scheme – a legal means of cutting the amount of tax he paid.
Prime Minister David Cameron called his use of the off-shore scheme ‘morally wrong’.
Carr later said he had made a ‘terrible error of judgement’ and publicly announced he had withdrawn from the scheme.
Neil Duncan-Jordan, chairman of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Trades Union Council, said the campaign demo was nothing personal against Jimmy Carr – rather he was ‘a peg to hang it on’ after he had been associated with the tax avoidance issue earlier in the year.
He added: “It’s not about Jimmy Carr – none of the leaflets or posters make mention of him personally. This is about the need for the very rich in society to pay a much fairer tax and to call on the government to do more to stop tax avoidance and tax evasion.”
A spokesman for Lighthouse said: “We’ve been aware of the protest happening and don’t have any major concerns, other than obviously keeping an eye on safety. I’ve also no doubt Jimmy will make some reference to the protest in his act on the night.”