Edition 88, April ’19: Rising inequality and dysfunction in the tax haven of Jersey

In this special extended edition of the April 2019 Taxcast, broadcast from the tax haven of Jersey:

  • we explore Jersey’s poor showing in the OECD’s Better Life Index and ask why Jersey’s spending so much money on improving it’s bad image instead of setting up public registers of beneficial ownership information
  • we interview the tax haven of Jersey’s former Chief Advisor to the government, one of Jersey’s main architects of, and defenders of its offshore business model
  • we hear about Jersey’s dysfunctional political system from an elected representative of Jersey’s only political party and its rising inequality levels
  • And we speak to the fire-starters of the global tax justice movement – yes, it all started in Jersey…

We don’t have politics in Jersey. We’re creating it now. We have in Reform Jersey the only political party in Jersey, stands on a platform and tries to adhere to its platform. That’s unique in Jersey politics because Jersey politics is run by 49 individuals who stand up and say, I’m a good bloke, good businessman. Vote for me. I’ll look after the best interests of the island. Trust me. And very little else usually in terms of policy.

~ Geoff Southern, elected Deputy and co-founder of Jersey’s only political party Reform Jersey

London doesn’t have the political stability that we have because they have political parties which mean that they might change governments.

~ Colin Powell, Jersey’s former Chief Advisor to the government, one of Jersey’s main architects of its offshore business model

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