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They want lower taxes but love free museums!

Guest post by Sunny Hundal
(Cross-posted from Liberal Conspiracy)

The TaxPayers Alliance are hosting the annual ‘European Resource Bank’ conference today – essentially a gathering of radical right-wing lobby groups and think-tanks from the UK and USA.

The website states:

The TaxPayers’ Alliance has the privilege of hosting the seventh annual European Resource Bank meeting from 8-10th September. The name comes from the notion of building a ‘bank’ of human capital by creating and renewing the ties between academics, free marketeers, think tanks, campaign groups and taxpayer groups from across Europe, the United States and the rest of the world.

We kick off the conference on Wednesday evening with a champagne reception at a fantastic penthouse apartment overlooking central London.

A champagne reception at a penthouse suite? Clearly the cuts aren’t affecting the groups claiming to represent… er, ordinary taxpayers.

The event is also reported in the Guardian today:

The event, the largest of its kind in Europe, is heavily sponsored by US lobby groups that have backed the Tea Party grouping as its challenges moderate Republican party candidates in congressional elections.

Critics of the event said it established a clear link between British rightwing groups and aggressive American lobbyists who pursued low taxes, loose regulation and widespread privatisation of public services.

Free Market RoadshowThe event is being sponsored by the Cato Institute and Americans for Prosperity Foundation, amongst others.

As the New Yorker detailed a few weeks ago, both organisations have been funded heavily by the billionaire Koch brothers.

Nice money if you can get it. The same Koch brothers also, from 2005 to 2008, “vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups.”

You’d think these people would be very much against government subsidies then.

But what’s this on their ‘local info’ page?

Many museums in the UK are free to visit – these are marked where applicable.

No mention of why these museums are free to visit then? Thought these bunch of radical libertarians would be eschewing such blatant government subsidies…

Posted by Other TPA at 09:34pm on 8 September 2010
Tags: Climate change,TaxPayers Alliance,Tea Party

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What a bunch of Kochs!

Posted by Speedy at 03:35pm on 10 September 2010

Yet again The TaxPayers’ Alliance amply demonstrate why they have nothing whatsoever in common with ordinary UK taxpayers and everything in common with massively wealthy elites.

Posted by SWteve Collins at 08:13pm on 10 September 2010

We should be taking the fight right to them, opening up a front that directly exposes them, and isn’t afraid to take protests to their events. I’d like to see this lots faces when they see 1000 real tax payers marching on their offices and conferences.

Posted by Graham at 10:48am on 11 September 2010

The TPA has for too long dominated any media discussion of public expenditure as if they had a representative position based on the British taxpayer. The BBC has given them too much airplay and too little criticism. they have, like Mary Whitehouse’s Viewers & Listeners & Sir (always emphasise the knighthood) Andrew Green’s Immigration Watch. Both of the latter being minority organisations with a loud voice but little democratic base. All were very good at dominating the media discourse. The BBC R4 were also too keen to accomodate these bodies.    Very rarely were questions asked about their membership base or their rich backers.

Posted by bill major at 04:58pm on 15 September 2010

The Tax Payers Alliance are not the problem as far as i can see. The problem is the amount of waste that is in the system. There are local government departments and ALMOs creating TV channels on digital TV to get there message across to 30,000 people, case in point is Your Homes Newcastle (Look on their website). They are creating this channel but there mandate is to improving council housing in Newcastle up too the decent homes standard set by the last labour government. Now I am sure they can justife creating this channel so they can get their message and services to as many people as possible but as far as I am concerned their mandate as a social landlord is to rent out and improve council housing in Newcastle and in these days where money is tight I would rather see them do that then promote their TV channel.

Now I am not a big fan of right wing politics but I would rather see the money given to both government and local government to be spent on front line services rather then this strange social marketing excercise!!

Posted by Jack at 12:53pm on 17 September 2010

I would certainly support a party like the tea party if we had one in the UK. sad to say it will not happen as they are all the same you could not get a fag paper between the lot of them.Idiots Guides Free Money Making Ideas Make Money Online Today Starting Home Busi

Posted by Idiots ">Andy at 04:49pm on 18 September 2010

Although I can’t say no to Champagne, this is a bit too much!

Posted by Mary at 08:29am on 21 September 2010

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