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Funnyman Bill Nighy dishes on a future without a Robin Hood tax

If you liked Bill Nighy in Love Actually as washed-up rocker Billy Mack, you’ll love him as a grumpy British banking CEO in this 3-minute video. The fake newscast, set in 2024, explains why bringing in a Robin Hood tax in 2014 was the right thing to do. David Yates, director of the Harry Potter […]

February 23, 2014

If you liked Bill Nighy in Love Actually as washed-up rocker Billy Mack, you’ll love him as a grumpy British banking CEO in this 3-minute video.

The fake newscast, set in 2024, explains why bringing in a Robin Hood tax in 2014 was the right thing to do.

David Yates, director of the Harry Potter movies, tapped Nighy and fellow actors Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead), Clémence Poésy (Harry Potter), Heike Makatsch (The Book Thief) and Javier Cámara (Bad Education) to do the short satirical video calling for a Europe-wide banking transaction tax. (There’s a push in Canada, too.)

Nearly a dozen European countries have already committed to do so this year, and this is a call for all laggards to get on board and start charging a tiny fee of 0.05% on all financial market transactions of stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities and derivatives. The fee, paid by banks, would raise billions for social investments and to help reduce poverty in developing countries.

The release of the video was timed for a meeting of European finance ministers this week to hash out the introduction of the tax.

 

 

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Large dams of tar sands mining waste leaking into Athabasca River: study

The Tyee

February 22, 2014