references to GRTD


[1] “The 1%” is a short hand and not statistically accurate term, meaning the establishment, the elite and so forth: super wealthy people than have an excess of wealth and power.

[2] Often described as “TINA” “There is No Alternative” to neo-liberal doctrine is an idea spread by Former UK Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher said

[3] Our rebellion highlights specific issues where the rules are particularly unjust, we don’t try to cover everything, so we are sorry if we missed an issue out you particularly care about, it is important to keep some focus and this is one stage in a longer struggle.

[4] civil-disobedience

[5] This will link to a pledge on the Compassionate Revolution website which acts as a host for collective acts of civil disobedience

[6] This is intended as a collective act of defiance rather than economic damage to the government’s purse. The methods proposed are intended to be inclusive- so that everyone who wants to join in can. The idea is to hand the money on to grass-roots campaigning organisations (avoiding the charge of being a tax dodger). Tax dodging and tax rebellion are completely different (see ref 7). If a person joining the rebellion has been subject to personally damaging cuts, such as the removal of the Independent Living Allowance for disabled people, we feel that keeping the saved money is in this case justified.


[8] For a comprehensive overview of issues see








[16] - see relevant chapters. The pressures on civil society to keep quiet includes changes to Trade Union Laws, the “gagging” law, new pressures from the Charities Commission and planned law about those receiving government grants being unable to participate in lobbying (companies receiving contacts for services are not included!)


[18] Success can be measured in different ways. The Happy Planet Index are others) looks at how happy a population is and how little harm it is doing to the natural environment. We suggest that it would be good to look for rules that maximise well-being and minimise harm.

[19] Although there are many good reasons to say they are ultimately not in their interests, if they have concerns about the stability of the economy and about the legacy they leave for future generations. This rebellion is not “anti-business” and there are plenty of great businesses that share our concern about free market fundamentalism. Goldman Sachs have said they may need to question the efficacy of capitalism: Furthermore, there is a dimension to this change, which some would call “spiritual” that recognises the underlying pain suffered by all human beings and the need for us to recognise our interconnectedness. “What About Me” is beautiful film, a work of art, which covers these aspects and the deeper reality behind the slightly “them and us” narrative of the 1% vs the 99%:

[20] We aren’t saying it is always wrong to undertake a policy of government non-intervention, or to cut a government programme, etc. We are saying it is wrong to follow these are guiding rules in an almost religious way, without noticing the consequences. We care about fairness, rights and sustainability.

[21] Despite the idea that a stable equilibrium should be reached (clearly not true in the light of the 2008 financial crisis). Prof Steve Keen talks here about the obsession with the idea of equilibrium in economics:

[22]The UK is one of the most unequal countries in the world ( and this has a direct and causal correlation with social problems  (

[23] This process, which also includes the selling off of public Assets like the postal service, is called “Austerity” in Western countries, elsewhere it has been called “Structural Adjustment”. Social security is an older term for welfare, capturing the intention. Welfare ought to mean Fair Wealth for all!

[24] It can be argued that UK actions of starting and joining wars have been illegal and therefore citizens are REQUIRED not to pay taxes

[25] Such as those listed here

[26] This includes removing our reliance on interest bearing debt, which drives environmental destruction and inequality

[27] This Golden Rule Tax Disobedience is about the rigged rules. We want to highlight the fact that different rules are possible and demand some key changes immediately through the policy changes we call for. This is not a manifesto for complete change, which could read like a shopping list and create a confused message. So we have picked a few important actions. Huge apologies if the issue you most care about isn’t highlighted in the list of demands – it doesn’t mean we don’t think it’s important. This is the start of a journey to recover our democracy to serve the interests of UK citizens, we have ideas for other rebellions! Also, the proposals here are not set in stone, in that there should be room for democratic discussion and refinement, they point us in the right direction for the kind of changes that are needed




[31] - in the UK and her territories:


[33],ht... should also include a Robin Hood style Spahn tax which dampens risky speculation .








[41] Statutory minimum incomes and social security payments should be set by government at a level which is linked to robust research into the market prices and quantities of food , fuel, clothes transport and other necessities that will provide healthy living for men, women and children after housing costs, local and national taxation.





[46] There are many examples we could give here, but to prevent a “shopping list” approach we will only include those for whom a spokesperson has been found from: Joel Benjamin has agreed to speak to “policies which damage local government financing”,

We could also include (and would like to note): The Trade Union Bill, the “Gagging Law”, the Snoopers Charter, Freedom of Information restrictions, supporting the Steel industry, not privatising education, reinstate the Independent Living Fund, reverse the bedroom tax and benefits cap. No support, by money or law (including aspects of the infrastructure bill) of extreme energy like fracking.

[47] Including mental health.


[49] Despite the massive crash of 2008, lessons have not been learnt and another bigger crash is predicted by many, including economists at RBS

[50] Milton Friedman: “The great virtue of the market capitalist society is that by preventing a concentrating of power it prevents people from doing the kind of harm which really concentrated power can do” He says this at about 4 minutes 20 in:

[51] See Owen Jones, The Establishment And How They Get Away With It











[62] The Trade Union Bill: and the “Gagging Law”




[66] ;





[71] This isn’t to say that new technologies are unwelcome, just that time is very short. We certainly do not need to believe the idea that shale gas is some kind of bridging energy towards a low carbon future.

[72] Despite all the rhetoric, spending and government debt increases for governments following free market fundamentalist (neo-liberal) principles. This is in part due to their appetite for starting and participating in wars. It is also because privatisation can cause an increase in costs and cutting one service can create increased pressure on another.





[77] Interesting to note the comments stream in the article covered by the Daily Mail






[83] Summary based on Wikipedia: Financialisation refers to an aspect of financial capitalism (that has developed over the decades between 1980 and 2010, neo-liberalism’s ascent) in which financial markets tend to dominate over traditional industrial and agricultural economics. It involves the purchasing of assets with debt money rather than equity. Financialisation also describes an economic system or process that attempts to reduce all value that is exchanged (whether tangible or intangible, future or present promises, etc.) into a financial instrument.

[84] Often positioned as “cutting red tape” to make it appear friendly and helpful to everyone.









[93] Including housing benefits paid to private landlords, but excluding the state pension











[104] This will link to a pledge on the Compassionate Revolution website which acts as a host for collective acts of civil disobedience

[105] For a good overview of corruption in the UK see Whyte “How Corrupt is Britain?” McCarthy The Prostitute State








[113] From an Article by Prof. Prem Sikka Households in the bottom 20% of income bracket pay 35.5% of their gross income in direct and indirect taxes, compared to 33.7% for the top 20% of households.

[114] For a definition of the difference between progressive and regressive taxation see and for a rationale on why higher tax rates for higher income people is a good policy see this article

[115] The standard rate of VAT was 15% in December 2008 and is now 20%. The effect of VAT on poor people : Corporation tax has been lowered from 28% to 20% and a 10% rate is offered through “patent box” ( Those earning over £150,000 saw the top rate of tax fall from 50% to 45% in 2013 and in 2015 inheritance tax rules were changed providing huge savings for those with expensive properties. 

[116] For example: