Harsh Lessons and Pyrrhic Victories

So Starbucks has, as we now know, given into the pack of rabid dogs which have been assailing it by agreeing to review its tax position in the UK.

Whilst personally I’d like to hope that the result of the review will be them paying even less money to the UK Treasury, I doubt this wish will come true. Nor, I guess, will my second choice of the company sending a cheque for a single penny to UK Uncut and telling them to spend it wisely.

The hypocrites at The Guardian reported on Monday that in order to finance this change of heart Starbucks have begun withdrawing employee benefits. Predictably this lesson in practical economics hasn’t gone down too well with the idiots below the line. It’s almost as if they expected Starbucks to use the magic money tree to have obtain this extra dough without any of the laws of physics economics being broken…

If I were a shareholder* I would at this point be fairly livid. No, not over the changes to employee benefits, but at the thought that a company I part own is giving more of it to the wastrels in government to piss up the wall in pointless ventures, be they foreign or domestic.

I hope that the shareholders of Starbucks request answers as to why the policy has been changed and ask to see what the, if any, financial rationale for this decision was. If no decent answers are forthcoming then I suggest that they should demand that the heads of those responsible be delivered to them on platters as they don’t seem to be aware of their duty.

For myself I shall now be boycotting Starbucks. As someone who doesn’t drink coffee this isn’t a major hardship for me but I have, in the past, been known to pick up a hot chocolate on very cold days. Not any more.

* I might be one indirectly but I’d have to check the full holdings of those funds my pension contributions pay into to be sure.

4 Comments

  1. Gildas says:

    As ever, the voice of reason

  2. Dave says:

    QUOTE “* I might be one indirectly but I’d have to check the full holdings of those funds my pension contributions pay into to be sure. ”

    I am but a poor pensioner and would be thankful for any loose change ……….

    Anyway ………..
    I went on Danny Alexander MP is boycotting starfucks, he is also
    Chief Secretary to the Treasurys website
    http://www.dannyalexander.org.uk/

    Pressed the butoon on left
    “Make a Donation”

    and paid 9 [nine] pence into his account using PayPal.

    I urge everyone to send tuppence to Danny.

  3. JuliaM says:

    “I hope that the shareholders of Starbucks request answers as to why the policy has been changed and ask to see what the, if any, financial rationale for this decision was. If no decent answers are forthcoming then I suggest that they should demand that the heads of those responsible be delivered to them on platters as they don’t seem to be aware of their duty.”

    Spot on!

  4. jameshigham says:

    I’ve always boycotted Starbucks on a matter of principle. If they’d thumbed their noses and not caved in, I might have gone there on principle.