An Apple a day……

I watch a fair bit of television, both fiction and documentaries; some good, some rubbish: but for the first time ever, I heard a character expound a very singular truth. The man was railing at the state of the world, with celebrities who just did not deserve their standing.

He said, “Everybody looked up to Steve Jobs, and his miracle company Apple, but just think about this small but significant fact; Jobs and Apple made, and make, superbly designed computers, phones and tablets, but they were, and are, assembled under sweated labour conditions by Chinese kids, who worked under what amounted to slave labour conditions. The vast amounts of cash generated by these sales are funnelled through devious tax avoidance schemes to places like the Cayman Islands which places all that cash firmly outside the American tax man.

Great role model was our Steve, what with buying his way to the front of the queue to grab himself a liver transplant for a reported fee of ten million dollars. Pity the transplant was wasted upon a waster!

4 comments for “An Apple a day……

  1. Errol
    November 21, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t dispute that the pay is low and the hours long. Yes, they could – should be improved and popular outcry has raised these for all tech companies.

    However, we’ve got to remember what conditions were like before such manufacturers appeared there. People were making mud bricks for pennies. There just wasn’t work. Now we have homes, energy, investment.

    Did he jump the queue by having more money? Yes. Are there more needy people? Almost certainly. Was it right? Who knows? But that ten million does an awful lot of research. It buys more lives saved in the future.

    As for tax avoidance – good. That is right and proper. If people avoid taxes, then taxes are too high. Why should the state take 25% of their profit? Roads, fuel, energy they’re already taxed to the hilt and Apple pays for those just as we do – I’m then expected to fund even more cash simply because the state wants to take my wealth from me.

    So here’s to tax avoidance. As it is, for normal folks moving your money about risks losing the interest accrued, is made difficult by banks and reverts to a pathetic savings rate just for long enough between the ‘move it and lose everything and wanting to get a better offer’.

    The state is a greedy, repugnant, feather bedded waste engine. I’m sick of paying money to see losers who have never worked loaf about, chain smoking all day.

  2. November 22, 2015 at 5:28 am

    “…..assembled under sweated labour conditions by Chinese kids, who worked under what amounted to slave labour conditions.”

    Really? Not the ‘kids’ who lined up to get the jobs? The ‘kids’ who see those jobs as a stepping stone to prosperity. just as generations of kids in every era and country that is on the up and up do. Heck, like I did in England aged 16, working in a factory (not air conditioned and clean) on a centre lathe, in the noise, clatter and way-before-Elf’n’Safety laws for 2 quid a week.

  3. November 22, 2015 at 7:12 am

    ‘Slave labour’ in a factory, or starving to death. Hmmmm. Tough call.

  4. Jim
    November 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    And why exactly should the US State get any of the profits for items made in China and sold in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Canada etc etc? Its not avoiding tax to make money outside a certain country and keep those profits out of that country. Its called ‘doing business outside of a country’s jurisdiction’. After all the US taxes (say) Honda on cars made and sold in the US, is it going to stop doing so, so that Japan can have the benefit of those profits? Or does this work only one way – wanting to tax both the US earnings of foreign companies, and also the foreign earnings of US companies?

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