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Sunday 17 December 2017

Bill Nighy backs 'Robin Hood tax'

Bill Nighy is playing a banker to get his message across
Bill Nighy is playing a banker to get his message across
Bill Nighy is playing a banker to get his message across
Bill Nighy is playing a banker to get his message across
Bill Nighy is playing a banker to get his message across

Bill Nighy has backed the campaign for a "Robin Hood tax" on banks' financial transactions by playing a cynical City banker in a special film.

The award-winning actor teamed up with director Richard Curtis, who he has worked with on Love Actually and The Girl In The Cafe, to make a three-minute film as part of the campaign for a global tax on banks.

Bill plays a City banker sitting in a Canary Wharf office, telling an interviewer he believes a Robin Hood tax was "a sweet little idea".

Forced to admit that bankers would only pay 0.05 per cent, and that it would raise billions of pounds for poor people, Bill's banker finally concedes that it might not be such a bad idea.

The film ends with a graphic inviting the viewer to vote Yes or No to the Robin Hood tax on the campaign website robinhoodtax.org.uk.

Versions of the short film are also being produced in the US, France and Germany.

A total of 48 organisations are backing the campaign, including charities, unions, aid agencies and green groups.

Claire Melamed, head of policy at ActionAid, said: "We now have a chance to raise enough money to create real and lasting change.

"If politicians are brave enough we could turn a financial crisis into an opportunity for the world's poor by raising billions from the banks to spend at home and abroad."

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