Now that has to be some really good tax evasion. It's no wonder the bastards are going bust. Although I believe Spain and Italy are not far behind. I remember going with a Spanish friend who ran a restaurant, 20 years ago to the Spanish cash and carry. He gave me a trolley, he also took one and he split the purchased between the different trolleys. When I asked him why, he told me his was the official one and mine was the 'black money' one and right enough at the till he paid his with a cheque and mine with cash.
I was reading somewhere else that workers in Italy cannot be paid off due to economic reasons and one of the Greek leaders wives, who is a teacher and retired on a full pension at 39! Is it only the Northern Europeans who do any work? Or are we the stupid bastards, who have no protection from our employers? In Spain, practically everything is done on a cash basis. I've just spent a considerable amount on building work at my new place and it was all cash to the builder and all his workers were being paid cash. If no one pays any tax, how do they run the country. Then again, I suppose they don't waste it on wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, countries that have fuck all to do with us and where Pakistan, according to a TV programme I saw, has been working with the Taliban, big time, while receiving $billions from the Yanks.
Cash it seems, makes the world go round. It is reckoned that by 2020, half the money in the world will be traded in 'system D', which is where everything is done in cash and no tax is paid. Is this how we're going to finally get rid of our leeching banker scum?