By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy Meanwhile, the political left largely appear to have lost their connection to their working class powerbase, and now talk in a language that most people don’t understand (mysterious references to “social issues” really don’t cut it). | Top Critics (2) Don't have an account? The percentage of users who rated this 3.5 stars or higher. Copyright © Fandango. openDemocracy is an independent, non-profit global media outlet, covering world affairs, ideas and culture, which seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. A somewhat convoluted thriller with John Le Carré pretensions that succeeds more than it fails. Those who control money, are able to pursue a policy, at home, and abroad, contrary to that which is decided by the people.”.

Forgot your password? The Spider's Web. Made for only £4,000, closely argued and consisting mainly of talking heads interspersed with stock archive footage, The Spider’s Web comes across a bit like an Adam Curtis film made without the armies of researchers and technical crew. But when the lines of trust begin to blur, he soon realizes that the hunter may become the hunted in a world of mirrors and deceit. Verified reviews are considered more trustworthy by fellow moviegoers. This has been of enormous use to rich people the world over. He is the co-author of the book British Imperialism, a book described as “a milestone in the understanding of British history and imperialism.”, Alex Cobham Clement Atlee, the post-war Labour Prime Minister remarked: “Over and over again, we have seen that there is a power in this Country, other than that which has its seat at Westminster. BCCI, which collapsed in 1991 following US enforcement action related to money laundering, was at the time the 7th largest bank in the world. He is on the board of trustees of numerous charities and research bodies.

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| Rating: 2.5/4 The growth of the so-called “Eurodollar” market — an unregulated form of lending, based in London but conducted in US Dollars via a separate set of books and thus considered “offshore” (elsewhere for regulatory purposes) — helped enable the bypass of cross-border capital controls put in place under the post-war Bretton Woods agreement.

At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in a web of offshore islands. “Up to half of all hidden offshore wealth may be hidden” in the UK’s tax havens, says anti-corruption campaigner and Member of the EU Parliament Eva Joly. If Oswald is a bit slow to get to the “why here? All rights reserved. SOAS host Dr Dimakou reflected on the fact there were not more critical UK academics interviewed on tax justice issues in the film. Your Ticket Confirmation # is located under the header in your email that reads "Your Ticket Reservation Details". Don’t worry, it won’t take long. And, most notably of all, from people based over here but whose undeclared allegiances are Atlanticist (how UKIP’s Nigel Farage and his paymaster Arron Banks love being photographed with the new US president). Or the the fact critical academics such as Prem Sikka often find themselves isolated within professional accounting bodies such as the ICAEW. August 29, 2019 I was astounded by this documentary, presenting beyond a shadow of a doubt the rampant theft being perpetrated by the economic and political establishment of the UK. Until Britain is forced to confront the realities of its Empires, both colonial and financial, there is little prospect of real change. Don't have an account? |. She is the Author of a number of books and articles on development, tax and human rights in developing countries. In spite of having done pretty well out of the European Union, what with various rebates, opt-outs and special deals, fifth richest country in the world and all that, the country suddenly rebelled, and stormed out of the arrangement in a strop, angry about something that no one can quite articulate – it might be the straightness of bananas or immigrants or democratic accountability, or something else entirely. An eye-opening documentary about just how corrupt the City of London and its offshore tax havens are, how a system of secret trusts and shell companies allows the wealthy and businesses to evade tax, and how their banks and accountancy firms have infiltrated British government, subverting democracy so it works against the interests of the people. Please click the link below to receive your verification email. Sir Ben puts on a clinic in how to play a cunning, canny, cultured and charming old spy in this sturdy, if murky, Israeli espionage thriller.

It suggests that the City of London Corporation and its banks have done tremendous damage to the world economy since the 1960s and that up to half of all offshore wealth (globally) is hidden in one of many British offshore jurisdictions. Get the freshest reviews, news, and more delivered right to your inbox! Since it was uploaded to YouTube just ten weeks ago, Michael Oswald’s seminal documentary film on Britain and its tax haven empire has gained over 1,000,000 views. They won't be able to see your review if you only submit your rating. If you’re wondering why property prices are so high….

The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire, The Avengers: Series 5, Episode 11 – Epic. He has written numerous books and articles on tax havens and the world of offshore. It turns out that critical voices being ignored is not restricted to the academic and accounting professions.

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire, is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. Nicholas Shaxson is the author of the acclaimed book Treasure Islands, an extensive éxpose on the global consequences of tax havens.

Mostly, the movie's a magnificent showcase for Kingsley, who's always at his best when his characters look like they know something we don't. This is known in the UK as being in the business of “picking winners”, something to be avoided at all costs. Regal A young Fred Goodwin who would go on to run RBS (at the time working for Deloitte Touche) ‘led’ the complex insolvency of BCCI bank.

His investigations into the role of tax havens in the globalised economy started in 1978, and have included fourteen years working on the tax haven of Jersey.

With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, the use of stylized b-roll and archive footage, the Spider's Web reveals how in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over …

As Tax Justice Network Director Alex Cobham observes: “We have country after country around the world where the lack of financial transparency, about taxation, about ownership, about corruption, has undermined the extent to which governments deliver representative policy making for their citizens.”.