Rupert Murdoch slams "posh boys" in Downing Street over Google tax deal

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter today to blast politicians in the UK and the US for giving Google an easy way out of questions over its tax arrangements.

Google recently reached a £130m deal with HMRC over corporation tax claims covering a 10-year period.

However, Murdoch referred to the payment as a "token amount", handed over for "PR purposes".

In a series of tweets, the News Corp boss accused politicians of being "easily awed" by tech industry figures such as Google chairman Eric Schmidt, and said the tech giant had "planted dozens of their people" in governments around the world.

Prime Minister David Cameron today laid the blame for the delay in collecting corporation tax from Google at Labour's door.

"We're talking about tax that should have been collected under a Labour government, raised by a Conservative government," he said at Prime Minister's Questions. "No government has done more than this one to crack down on tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance. No government, and certainly not the last Labour government."

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