I just need to ensure it's not something that's going to only be collecting dust on my to-do list - I can be good at leaving it a good intention only.. ;-/
Oooh, thanks for this! I already pretty much stopped shopping at Tesco unless I had discount vouchers, after they went against massive local pressure and built an Express shop on Mill Road here in Cambridge. I much prefer Sainsbury's for doing big shopping (we don't get the forced US-style 'hihowareya?' thing) and occasionally use ASDA as it's on my way home from work. :-)
I recently opened a Barclays account during the Joint Loan Debacle (JLD) as when I thought I'd have to enter a Debt Management Plan I needed a basic bank account that wasn't with my usual bank (Co-Op). I was thinking of beginning to use it to bank Sacrilege's money but now I think I'll close it and open a new account with the Co-Op. They're great BTW, I definitely recommend them!
I see Lloyds have the next largest number of subsidiaries - why am I not at all surprised?? They should be paying ME for their utter contempt, as shown not only by the way that they treated me during the JLD, but by the fact that they deem me and others like me to be beneath them when it comes to paying their tax dues. Wankers!!
The Sainsburies in Camden & Angel both have this drive.. took me right back first time it happened. Mostly I feel sorry for the staff, but it also created weird 'politeness' situations - I can't ignore a query how I am and what my weekend plans are, but same token get really irritated they're asking; psychologically it was so off putting I avoided their supermarket for ages!
Glad to hear Co-op is good; Barclays have been a pain for me in the past when it comes to delivering replacement cards, so it won't be a loss. Hsbc has been ok so far, but are clearly on the list too so may close mine with them as well.
I am sure Lloyd was giving you all the 'moral high ground attitude'.. banks are royally good at that!
I didn't really consider Cyprus a tax-haven since it has historically been so hard for external companies to do business in the country. Apparently only 8 of the subsidaries mentioned are in Cyprus with 5 of them being British American Tobacco. Going to give up smoking then? :-)
I guess that with Cyprus joining the EU my knowledge is out of date.
My old landlord used to give me updates on the progress in his country, but that was up until I got my boat & moved out. Last I heard a lot was changing though. That said, I didn't view it a tax-haven either... ?
But then there's a couple of islands mentioned on the list that I didn't even know existed..
> there's a couple of islands mentioned on the list that I didn't even know existed.
The British Empire is^H^Hwas wide and deep.
Now less wide, but just as deep... ;-)
Crikey, I hadn't realised that Lloyds were quite so bad - please remind me of this in a year's time.
Fortunately I haven't noticed the faux chit-chat of Sainsbury's - then again that's mainly due to their encouragement of the automated tills.
Why a year's time? ah.. you've got a locked saving?
The faux chit chat started a year and a half ago - it's possible it's faded off at this point (I do Sainbury's very rarely!). I remember in Angel they were not only asking how I was doing, but also carried on to ask about my weekend plans. If it's gone, then clearly enough people got offended for the store managers to realise it wasn't such a good idea after all!
Something like that.
I remember in Angel they were not only asking how I was doing
Now that does ring bells - I think I may have blanked/ignored it - there was certainly somewhere where the staff seemed excessively friendly.
My local Tesco isn't apparently owned by Tesco but by Tesco Aquamarine which is run from tyhe Cayman Isles. Apparently all their offshoots are named after colours of the rainbow, so they're not just tax-dodging but doing it with a huge smug catch-me-if-you-can grin too.
You know, that's it... I may not be able to end my purchases from my local Tesco completely, but now I am really going to take every chance I get to purchase from other stores instead - thanks for telling!
I can only hope, the way this has hit media now, that the law changes sufficiently to snuff that rainbow right at the base..