February 13, 2010
[efoods]A bank has been accused of rigging a public vote on whether the City should pay a levy on its wheeler-dealing.
Campaigners for a “Robin Hood tax” on banks operating in the City of London were surprised when thousands of votes invaded their website, rejecting the proposal.
There were almost 5,000 no votes against the tax within less than half an hour, but these emanated from just two computer servers – one registered to the investment bank Goldman Sachs.
Campaigners believe a tax on every trade in financial markets could raise tens of billions of pounds to tackle poverty and climate change abroad.