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Richard Murphy
Tax Research UK

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy is a chartered accountant, tax expert and economist and now sits on the National Advisory Panel of Class.

Richard is currently director of Tax Research LLP and adviser to the Tax Justice Network. He has written a number of books including The Courageous State: Rethinking Economics, Society and the Role of Government and Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works.

Why I support Class:

"For more than thirty years almost all thinking on political economy has been dominated by neoliberalism. The linked ideas that markets work, capital must roam free, the rights of the individual are paramount and that there is no such thing as a collective interest have been used to suppress debate, oppress working people, undermine democracy, limit the role of government, privatise services, constrain trade unions and shift the burden of tax away from capital and onto labour.

All this has had one goal, which has been to increase the income and wealth gaps within and between nation states for the benefit of a tiny minority. And now it's time to say "enough!".

It is time for the union movement, working people, those who have never accepted the ideas within neoliberalism and those simply brave enough to stand up and say that these ideas have left us all naked against the onslaught of the abuse they have permitted to say "no more". We need to reclothe ourselves in new ideas. I hope CLASS is going to help us do just that, and that's why I support it."