Time to close tax havens

The recent exposure of the huge amount of tax avoidance going on in Panama and other places only serves to underline the depths that some rich people will sink to, in order to avoid paying their fair share of tax.

Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 8:39 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th April 2016, 8:42 am

It is alleged that among the massive list is Ian Cameron, the father of our current Prime Minister.

The actions of the father cannot be visited upon the offspring.

However, reading the piece compiled by Isabel Oakshott, who wrote a biography on David Cameron, she alludes to his desire to avoid the electorate realising how wealthy he and his wife are.

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This would affect adversely his political ambitions.

Being posh and rich are two things that do not resonate well with voters.

To my mind he has not completely answered the questions about his tax affairs or his financial situation.

He should do so, and quickly.

He did promise to publish his tax returns some time ago, and has yet to do it.

When he has done this, some of the heat will dissipate.

I expect he will not be the only politician to find his way into the press in the coming weeks, together with some political organisations.

It is time to close tax havens.

They serve to provide a vehicle to avoid tax, launder money and screen criminal activity.

It is time for a new global stance on this whole industry.

Chris Gallacher, TD VR,


Ukip, Redcar,

Normanby Road,