Glasgow sets up its own “Offshore Paradise Bank” in apparent tax avoidance protest

Caitlin Logan

Satirical street art responds to the Paradise Papers in Glasgow style 

SPOTTED ON WOODLANDS ROUNDABOUT in Glasgow today was an interesting sight: a display labelled “The Offshore Paradise Bank”, containing inflatable palm trees, a lifeboat, bags of fake money and … a washing machine.

Atop the household appliance is another sign, which reads: “Hide and clean your cash! For the super rich celebs and royalty only. No poor people allowed.”

The display is an apparent response to the recent revelations around the Paradise Papers, which uncovered the scale of tax avoidance by the wealthy, including those with links to the UK such as Her Majesty the Queen’s private estate, companies such as Deloitte which have dealings in Scotland, and His Majesty the… well, Bono. 

READ MORE: Patrick Harvie calls on @scotgov to end relationship with ‘unethical’ firms linked to Paradise Papers

Nobody does social commentary quite like the people of Glasgow. 

Picture courtesy of Mungo’s HiFi

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