Panama papers see thousands demand Iceland’s prime minister should resign

People demonstrate against Iceland's Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson in Reykjavik, Iceland on April 4, 2016 after a leak of documents by so-called Panama Papers stoked anger over his wife owning a tax haven-based company with large claims on the country's collapsed banks [Image: REUTERS/Stigtryggur Johannsson].

People demonstrate against Iceland’s Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson in Reykjavik, Iceland on April 4, 2016 after a leak of documents by so-called Panama Papers stoked anger over his wife owning a tax haven-based company with large claims on the country’s collapsed banks [Image: REUTERS/Stigtryggur Johannsson].

Why are people in the UK not following Iceland’s example and calling for David Cameron’s resignation – or a vote of ‘no confidence’ in him?

Thousands of protestors gathered outside Iceland’s parliament on Monday after the country’s prime minister was linked to the Panama Papers.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has come under increasing pressure to resign after news reports alleged that he and his wife set up a company in the British Virgin Islands with the help of a Panamanian law firm at the center of a massive tax evasion leak.

The reports have prompted calls for a no-confidence vote in parliament against him.

Police estimated that around 8,000 people – one of the largest protests seen in the capital city of Reykjavik – gathered outside the parliament building in protest.

Source: Panama Papers See Thousands Take To Streets To Demand Iceland Prime Minister Resign

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12 thoughts on “Panama papers see thousands demand Iceland’s prime minister should resign

  1. Nick

    most prime ministers have a dodgy family background’ they have been brought up with the me me attitude hence the way the world reacts they are the main cause of all of the worlds ill’s and the pain a suffering that goes on it’s very simple at the end of the day and that the public should never allow the likes of David Cameron and co to even enter politics

    so in reality like most things in life it is the public that’s to blame for the mess the world is in and somehow that will need addressing in the future if the world’s people are to survive

  2. Terry Davies

    seems an ideal time to investigate all political party MPs and their backer companies and individuals who fund the tory party. A peoples panel should be formed to trace the route of cash to panama. Focus on identifying duration of time the MPs have had bearer shares and if money laundering has occured. All named MPs should have their bank accounts frozen pending the investigation and banned from voting on financial matters. proven links with corrupt practices such as tax avoidance should trigger deselection and forfeiture of any pension rights with a calculation of tax owed and a statutory prison sentence. on release a ban from business and serving in a public office for 15 years

  3. Michael Broadhurst

    i’m sure if someone got a petition up on these grounds,there would be no shortage of people signing.

  4. Jim Round

    “Why are people in the UK not following Iceland’s example and calling for David Cameron’s resignation – or a vote of ‘no confidence’ in him?”
    Don’t tell me you don’t know the reason Mike, after all your years as a journalist and blogger, plus your recent campaigns.

      1. Jim Round

        Mike, I have spent my working life being active in Trade Unions, the only time branch meetings have any real attendance is when pay (money) is involved. I have worked in care and social services when families have abandoned their relatives because they are “hard work”
        (most lived locally and saw hard work as meaning calling in for an hour for a chat and to make sure everything is okay)
        I have seen charity abused and life lived on a dangerous edge.
        We have a different society to Iceland, I have been to Reykjavic, you see and feel the difference as soon as you arrive.

  5. Jen

    There was a petition for a vote of no confidence in Cameron. It reached nearly 200,000 votes, and the petitons committee decided not to have a debate on it.

  6. mrmarcpc

    The people of Iceland have a spine and a brain and realise that their dodgy leader should resign, this won’t happen here because we lack both a spine and a brain because we’re so bloody spineless and brainless, that’s why the tories are in power, the morons of our land listened to their BS and swallowed it whole, the British don’t possess the gumption or balls to do a bloody thing, too busy whining about the price of petrol and fags going up every year but are willing to say nothing when their rights are being eroded away and their fellow Britons are getting kicked about by the state, not a peep from anyone and that is why Camoron will get away with this and will stay as leader, petitions are sometimes useless, and that is the time to protest, that is the time for action!

  7. John

    Well, I understand the PM has resigned, so perhaps this could be the turning point for Britain?? Just maybe?

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