The UK Gold: how Britain became a tax-haven for the super rich

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The UK Gold: how Britain became a tax-haven for the super rich

The UK Gold explores what writer Mark Donne calls "the most unpatriotic act" people can do: tax avoidance. 

The documentary, which airs tonight at 8pm on London Live, is a revealing look at how the United Kingdom has become something of a tax haven for global corporations and the super-rich. 

Mark joined London Live to explain how he hopes to "change the terms of the debate" around tax avoidance and evasion. He explains that during filming, many doors were "emphatically" closed to him as practically every company the documentary approached, including Starbucks and Google, refused to give comment or grant an interview. Mark says tax is clearly a very touchy subject for many: "Practically no-one would speak to us."

Mark argues that tax avoidance is "hard-wired into [the UK's] economic model" and is calling for businesses and politicians alike to be "honest and open about it and have a better debate".

Thom Yorke and Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja, known as 3D, provided a score for the documentary. 



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