This video from London, England says about itself:
UK: ‘David Cameron out, out, out!” protesters chant outside Downing St.
9 April 2016
Around 3,000 people protested outside Downing Street in London, Saturday, calling on the UK Prime Minister David Cameron to resign following the Panama Papers leak in which he is implicated.
How the corruption revealed in the Panama Papers opened the door to Isis and al Qaeda. Local elites which hide their stolen wealth in offshore financial centres destroy their own credibility and power: here.
By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Skinner Pays for Holding ‘Dodgy Dave’ to Account
Tuesday 12th April 2016
Corbyn: PM’s tax evasion plan just a masterclass in distraction
DENNIS SKINNER was ejected from the House of Commons yesterday for calling David Cameron “dodgy Dave” as debate raged over the Panama Papers tax scandal.
The Labour MP for Bolsover stood to grill the Prime Minister on whether he would answer a long-standing question about profit the latter may have received from a house sale.
Mr Skinner said that, before Mr Cameron became PM, he asked him whether a property sold in Oxfordshire was a home that Mr Skinner had suspected was paid for by public funds.
Mr Cameron did not answer the question then, but Mr Skinner asked whether “dodgy Dave” would answer it in the light of his own announcement on new tax haven rules.
Tory speaker John Bercow insisted that if Mr Skinner did not “withdraw the adjective” then he would have to expel him from the Commons.
Mr Skinner — affectionately known as the Beast of Bolsover — pointed at the Prime Minister and replied: “This man has done more to divide this nation than anybody else. He’s looked after his own pocket.
“I still refer to him as dodgy Dave. Do what you like.”
Twitter erupted with supporters saying Mr Skinner is “principled” and just declaring what “everyone else is thinking” since it was discovered that Mr Cameron received a £200,000 untaxed “gift” from his mum.
The PM, who announced “new measures” today to make it harder for wealthy people to hide assets overseas, also faced scrutiny from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr Corbyn said that the PM and his ministers were failing to grasp the public anger at non-payment of tax by firms registered in overseas territories.
The furore has forced Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne to publish their tax returns.
Mr Cameron said that he had published all information for the past six years — including the offshore shares in a Bahamas-based investment fund registered in Panama by his late father.
Ian Cameron was exposed in the Panama Papers leaked from legal firm Mossack Fonseca as having avoided paying British tax for 30 years through his company Blairmore Holdings Inc.
The PM said that a new law could tackle tax evasion by making it a criminal offence for corporations to facilitate tax evasion by failing to stop their staff doing it.
But Mr Corbyn accused him of holding “a masterclass in the art of distraction” from the public’s interest in his tax affairs, by announcing new laws that did not address the core legality of tax avoidance.
“What they have driven home is what many people have increasingly felt — there is one rule for the super-rich and another for the rest,” Mr Corbyn said.
“I’m honestly not sure that the prime minister fully appreciates the anger that is out there over this injustice.”
The Tory proposals “will not be enough to curb corporate tax avoidance” in British Overseas Territories such as the British Virgin Islands, said ActionAid tax advocacy adviser Charlie Matthews.
“The Panama Papers exposé has shown that British tax havens are being systematically used to hide wealth and avoid taxes in the world’s poorest countries.
“Asking the Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies to confidentially share company ownership details is a small step forward but it will simply not be enough to tackle this global problem. The government must take even tougher action.”
This 8 April 2016 video is called How David Cameron dodged the Panama Papers questions | The Panama Papers.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
‘In it together’ never the case
Tuesday 12th April 2016
DAVID CAMERON’S assertion that he behaved like a slippery eel over his account in an offshore tax haven was because of anger that his late father’s name was traduced cannot be taken seriously.
His five separate carefully scripted explanations were confected to avoid confirming that his family, including him personally, had benefited in this way.
He knew that voters would smell a rat over the discrepancy between his loud pledges of strong government action against offshore financial antics and his own family’s conduct.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was entirely correct to slate Cameron’s statement as a “masterclass in the art of distraction” and to voice the widely held conviction that, on taxation, “there is now one rule for the super-rich and another for the rest.”
Public awareness is feeding demands that politicians must be open about their tax arrangements and that taxation on the rich must be tightened up.
Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg bemoans the erosion of privacy but accepts that this is an inevitable result of many MPs’ sickening behaviour over parliamentary expenses.
The spectacle of MPs claiming expenses to clean a moat at their manor house, replace a leaking pipe under a tennis court or buy a floating duck house as a pond feature had two negative effects for MPs.
The excesses showed that some treated the public purse as a limitless personal account and that the capitalist austerity imposed on working people and benefits claimants did not affect our political representatives.
They exposed the vast gap between lavish lifestyles enjoyed by people we put into Parliament and the stagnating living standards of the majority of the people.
So much for the “all in it together” claptrap disproven on a daily basis.
The longer and more sustained the revelations that there is one law — and luxurious way of life — for the wealthy elite, the greater the insistence on effective legislation to close the ever-expanding gap between rich and poor.
That’s why elements of the plutocracy — not least Daily Mail editor-in-chief Paul Dacre — have launched a counter-attack, accusing Cameron of “grovelling before the politics-of-envy mob” and demanding repeal of inheritance tax.
The Mail applauds Cameron’s mother for avoiding £70,000 in taxation by giving her son a lifetime gift of £200,000.
It argues that “the Camerons were merely doing what millions of others would do in their position,” which ignores the reality that only a tiny minority of the population could act so.
Inheritance tax affects just 2 per cent of Britain’s population because Parliament, which is overburdened with mouthpieces of the super-rich, ensures that the threshold is so high.
The Mail accuses Labour MPs placing their wealth in family trusts of hypocrisy, which is a subject close to Dacre’s heart since he claims tens of thousands of pounds a year from the EU common agricultural policy (CAP) for his Scottish Highlands shooting and hunting estate while denouncing CAP as “crippingly expensive.”
Cameron attempted to join in the Mail-led tax fightback in Parliament by representing investment trusts in offshore havens as examples of aspiration and wealth creation.
This shows how out of touch he is. Shuffling second-hand shares does not create wealth.
It can certainly make money — just like parcelling up packages of toxic unpayable mortgages made money for bankers before sparking financial collapse.
Britain’s tax laws and the finance sector that has lobbied successfully over decades to shape them to the needs of the super-rich elite have to be reformed.
This is an essential prerequisite for a more just society that rewards working people rather than share-owning parasites.
DAZED and blooded by a flurry of blows, but the bell refuses to ring; the Tories are taking a battering. Self-inflicted wounds and natural flaws in the Tory ideology have sprung to the surface. The party that once brimmed with arrogance is shaking. As cracks appear, momentum and hope slowly gather on the other side. Whether David Cameron resigns or not should not be the priority. A change in the system rather than the figurehead is necessary. Jeremy Corbyn has rallied the Labour Party as Ed Miliband did, issuing a firm warning that tax avoidance is immoral and can no longer be ignored. What those on the left have yearned for years has come: we are finally talking about tax avoidance. Maybe much will come of it, or maybe nothing will. But the Tories are reeling from the crises such as the junior doctors’ dispute, the slashing of disability benefits to fund corporate tax breaks and inaction over the steel crisis: here.
NIGEL FARAGE has given a “big no” to publishing his personal tax return amid public calls for transparency from all politicians in the wake of the Panama Papers scandal. The Ukip leader weighed into the row on Sunday evening, branding Prime Minister David Cameron an “outright hypocrite” for criticising comedian Jimmy Carr for tax avoidance. But the self-styled man of the people ruled out publishing his tax return, insisting: “It’s a private thing. No. Big no!”: here.
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Dennis Skinner’s nickname is The Beast of Bolsover – he never pulls his punches!
Indeed. More about him is at
https://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/british-junior-doctors-keep-fighting/ (scroll down)
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
‘UK is heart of tax avoidance’–Corbyn
‘THE public no longer have the trust in him,’ Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn said of PM Cameron after he attempted to justify his involvement in offshore ‘treasure island’ tax havens in Parliament yesterday.
Corbyn said: ‘Does he realise why people are so angry? We have gone through six years of crushing austerity – families lining up at food banks to feed their children, disabled people losing their benefits, elderly care cut and slashed, living standards going down. Much of this could have been avoided if our country had not been ripped off by the super rich refusing to pay their taxes.’
‘I say this to the Prime Minister: “Ordinary people in this country simply will not stand for this anymore, they want the wealthy to pay their share of tax just like they pay when they work hard all the time.”
‘The Panama based law firm Mossack Fonseca registered more than 100,000 secret firms in the British Virgin Islands. The truth is that the UK is in the heart of the global tax avoidance industry and it has got to end.’
Cameron was on the back foot after being forced to release a summary of earnings and tax going back six years. This came after a week of escalating scandals concerning his father Ian Cameron’s company, Blairmore Holdings based in an offshore tax haven.
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Thursday 12th May 2016
posted by Luke James in Britain
PM told to sort out Britain’s own tax system shambles before lecturing other countries
DAVID CAMERON was told yesterday to sort out Britain’s tax avoidance situation before lecturing other countries about corruption after he made disparaging comments about Nigeria and Afghanistan.
The Prime Minister described the two countries as “fantastically corrupt” in a conversation with the Queen that was picked up by a nearby camera crew.
His remarks overshadowed the first day of the government’s anti-corruption summit, taking place in the shadow of the Panama Papers scandal, that representatives of both states are attending.
Mr Cameron joked that he “had better check the microphone is on before speaking” as Prime Minister’s Questions got underway, but he faced serious questions about his own record of tackling corruption.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn demanded to know what practical action the PM was taking to stop overseas British territories operating as tax havens.
“We need a British government who are prepared to chase down this level of corruption,” he told Mr Cameron.
The Prime Minister insisted he had “done more than any previous government” to clamp down on tax avoidance.
But he admitted that the government was disappointed it had not secured the public registers of company ownership for offshore territories that campaigning charities such as Oxfam and Action Aid called for.
Mr Cameron also refused to confirm that Tory Euro-MPs would vote today for new measures on country-by-country tax transparency reporting being considered in the European Parliament.
SNP Westminster leader Angus Robertson said the PM had his own questions to answer on corruption amid the criminal investigations of Conservative MPs for potential electoral fraud.
“David Cameron needs to stop ignoring the scandal his party has found itself in and hold himself to the same standards as he holds others when it comes to corruption.”
Friday 13th May 2016
posted by Lamiat Sabin in Britain
Public join ‘tropical tax haven’ protest
TRAFALGAR Square became a tropical tax haven yesterday as bowler-hatted campaigners audaciously flaunted their dollar in an effort to bend visiting global leaders’ minds to the shadowy world of the tax dodger.
Charities ActionAid, Christian Aid and Oxfam want the government to live up to its pledge to fight tax-dodging by ensuring that British overseas territories and crown dependencies introduce full public registers of company ownership and profit.
Members of the public joined around 50 charity volunteers to drink cocktails, eat “swindle sundae” and lampoon the perks tax-avoiders enjoy in overseas territories such as the Bahamas, Bermuda and British Virgin Islands while developing countries lose out on at least £117 billion a year that could fund education and healthcare.
But at this week’s anti-corruption summit, Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands would not join Britain and 33 other governments in agreeing to share registers of company ownership.
ActionAid head of advocacy Barry Johnston said Mr Cameron had “fallen at the final hurdle” on his pledge, because the Caymans and British Virgins are two of the largest tax havens.
“By failing to bring full transparency to British overseas tax havens the government has fallen short of delivering a crucial commitment it made to tackle tax-dodging and help the poorest people in the world,” he said.
“It’s good news that Nigeria, South Africa, Afghanistan, France and the Netherlands have used the summit to support introducing registers publicly listing the owners of secretive shell companies.
“However, it’s disappointing that the PM hasn’t managed to get British overseas tax havens to do the same.
“It’s now clear that it will only be a matter of time until they must act.
“Despite the largest tax scandal in history Mr Cameron has failed to get his house fully in order.”
Other measures agreed at the summit include establishing rules to prevent corrupt bidders winning public contracts, preventing money laundering of illicit funds and setting up laws to ensure stolen assets can be recovered.
Thursday 19th May 2016
posted by Luke James in Britain
THE state opening of Parliament was hit by a “censorship” scandal yesterday amid claims that the microphone closest to Dennis Skinner was deliberately turned away from him.
The “beast of Bolsover” has been disrupting the annual pomp and ceremony with cutting one-liners since 1987 and didn’t disappoint fans this year.
As parliamentary security chief Black Rod summoned MPs to the Lords for the Queen’s Speech, Mr Skinner shouted “hands off the BBC” to cheers from the Labour benches.
The quip came a week after Tory Culture Secretary John Whittingdale published controversial proposals for BBC reform which include replacing the independent BBC Trust with a government-appointed board.
The heckle came across loud and clear on TV, but only because MPs in the chamber noticed that the microphone closest to Mr Skinner had been tampered with and told him to use another.
Their suspicions were further raised when Labour MP Mary Creagh attempted to turn it back towards Mr Skinner but found it spun around to face towards the Tory benches.SNP MPs urged Mr Skinner to raise a point of order with the Speaker and another shouted “censorship.”
Labour MP Clive Lewis posted a photo of Mr Skinner and Labour colleague Ian Lavery inspecting the microphone later and said that “technicians in the House of Commons turned the microphone away.”
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Saturday 24th September 2016
posted by Morning Star in Britain
Media: The director of a new documentary about Dennis Skinner has launched a crowd funding appeal today to complete the project.
Liverpool-based film maker Daniel Draper is appealing for £18,000 to fund archive footage and post production to finish the biopic of the Beast of Bolsover.
Mr Draper promises a “personal portrait” of the Labour legend. More details can be found at http://www.dennisskinnerfilm.co.uk
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