With Iceland's ex-PM fleeing the country for political asylum in Somalia, attention now turns to the corrupt affairs of the British plutocratic elite:
HuffPo - scathing attack of Cameron. Well, it seems Labour still has a few people with balls after all! Here's Jess Phillips whooping Cameron like a red-headed stepchild:
So David Cameron's dad didn't pay his fair share of taxes. The sins of Cameron's dad are not his fault. True, but the Government are no strangers to damning the children of people who they think aren't doing their bit for society. Barnardo's, the Child Poverty Action Group and many others have all said that the Conservative Welfare and Work Bill will make poor children poorer. Policies such as only paying tax credits to the first two children in a family directly penalise children for the decisions of their parents. So in Tory Britain poor kids are paying the price for the actions of their parents but David Cameron doesn't have to?And what precipitated all this?
The Tories want taxpayers to hate people on benefits and be annoyed that we are paying for their lifestyle, I think it was IDS referred to as, "a direction which divides society". To use the words of the Prime Minister, 'let me be clear': The sins of Daddy Cameron were not illegal but they are utterly disgusting. They are worse than the sins of fathers up and down the country who can't find work, even the most feckless amongst them.
People who don't pay their taxes are robbing from us all. The Camerons may well have forked out for education and health services, but it was my money that trained the doctors, nurses and teachers they used. Without the taxpayer the posh who jump the queue would just be sitting in a rather nicely decorated room without the staff to actually deliver the service. Every time Cameron Snr drove his car on a public highway, every time he could see on the street because of a streetlight, every day when there was a pavement outside his house and a regular bin collection, he took money from you, the nation's honest taxpayers, without seeing fit to put his hand in his pocket. And while the Camerons had a bob or two I doubt very much they funded their own private police force and army. I mean the Eton set are a bit old fashioned but think the acts of livery and maintenance is a step to far even for them. So they got the security we all enjoy but it was you footing the bill, not daddy darling.
What makes it worse is that they got the best of everything while you paid the tab. They reaped the benefits of your hard toil, and because they had money to spare they got the best education, smaller class sizes, better service. Their kids got privilege that you paid for but never benefited from.
So David Cameron doesn't need our praise for paying his tax. He's not a very clever boy, he's a very average boy who used privilege rather than brains to get where he got. Perhaps we could all buy our babies a better life if only we weren't burdened with being decent human beings.
The Guardian - Cameron family among the tax-cheating plutocrats hiding trillions offshore. Oh fuck, you are in for it:
David Cameron’s father ran an offshore fund that avoided ever having to pay tax in Britain by hiring a small army of Bahamas residents – including a part-time bishop – to sign its paperwork.And now the press have widened the net and are taking aim at George Osborne's hidden mobster wealth as well:
Ian Cameron was a director of Blairmore Holdings Inc, an investment fund run from the Bahamas but named after the family’s ancestral home in Aberdeenshire, which managed tens of millions of pounds on behalf of wealthy families.
Clients included Isidore Kerman, an adviser to Robert Maxwell who once owned the West End restaurants Scott’s and J Sheekey, and Leopold Joseph, a private bank used by the Rolling Stones.
The fund was founded in the early 1980s with help from the prime minister’s late father and still exists today. The Guardian has confirmed that in 30 years Blairmore has never paid a penny of tax in the UK on its profits.
The prime minister’s spokeswoman said that Downing Street had responded to allegations about Ian Cameron in the past.
Asked if there was still any family money invested in the fund, she said: “That is a private matter.” She said the prime minister had “taken a range of action to tackle evasion and aggressive tax avoidance”.
Incorporated in Panama but based in the Bahamas, the fund retained up to 50 Caribbean officers each year. Their job was to sign paperwork and fill roles such as treasurer and secretary. They included the late Solomon Humes, a lay bishop with the non-denominational Church of God of Prophecy. He acted in various roles including vice-president over a number of years from the mid-1990s.
Blairmore is shown to have been controlled using an obscure financial instrument known as bearer shares. These do not carry the name of the owner. They are similar to banknotes in that they simply belong to the person holding the certificate in their hand.
Though legal, bearer shares have been abolished in many countries because they have been used by mobsters and tax evaders for money laundering.
Independent - Osborne evades questions as to whether he also has millions stashed away in secret offshore accounts. Quote:
He was then asked a second time “are you going to benefit at all?” and again referred to the government’s record on issues of tax avoidance.They know there's a story, they gave him an early in, and he just failed to set up his defense. Failed fucking miserably, failed conclusively, failed the way all conservative politicians do when forced to fend for themselves in the real world without the benefit of family wealth or corrupt corporate connections.
“As I’ve said all of our interests as ministers and MPs are declared in the register of members’ interests and we’ve made our position very clear,” he said.
“As I said this Conservative government has done more that any Labour government or any previous government to tackle tax evasion, to tackle tax avoidance, to get money into the exchequer that is owed to the public,”
When the reporter went on to ask another question, Mr Osborne said “thank you” and terminated the interview.
Now, here's the question: with Osborne and Cameron on one side of the Brexit question, will the revelations of their families' corruption swing the vote against them?