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We staged a demo outside Starbuck in Lord Street today. Tony Dawson designed the banner and we turned up outside a deserted Starbucks. We were a little taken aback when a member of the public came up to congratulate us. He was a small businessman who was in the catering trade. He was angry as he had been paying his tax and had to compete with the likes of Starbucks who had not.
Bristol MP Stephen Williams has also taken up the campaign
Boycott Starbucks and back local independent coffee shops
After revelations that Starbucks has been dodging millions of pounds worth of tax Lib Dem leader Cllr Iain Brodie Browne has called on Southport residents to boycott the coffee chain until it pays up.
Iain said: It is grossly unfair that small Independent coffee shops in the town land up paying more tax that muti million, multi national companies. How are local traders meant to cope with that unfair competition?
Starbucks are not only clobbering the small traders they are also 'ripping off' every citizen who pays their tax .
Starbucks are not the only multi national corporation who behaves in this way and greater co-operation is needed between nations so that we put an end to this reprehensible behavior
Southport is lucky to have some excellent independent coffee shops and I urge everyone to make sure that is where they buy their coffee. I believe that we can shame Starbucks into making a proper contribution to this country.
We are lucky in Southport to have lots of quality local coffee shops. Here are just a few: