David Cameron’s father was a serial tax avoider who sought legal advice on best tax havens

Last Updated: April 7, 2016By
David Cameron and his father, Ian [Composite: Reuters].

David Cameron and his father, Ian [Composite: Reuters].

This report provides evidence of serial tax avoidance by David Cameron’s father.

It led to a legacy of tax avoidance – at a time when Cameron, as prime minister, was mouthing platitudes about such schemes being “morally unacceptable”.

What’s “morally unacceptable” is the behaviour of the man who is currently prime minister of the UK.

He is a man who is perfectly happy to speak against behaviour he knows the public will not accept, while secretly enjoying the benefits of it.

Would he have gained the position he has without the advantages his father bought for him – with the proceeds of tax avoidance? No.

The more we learn about David Cameron, the more it seems the façade he presents to the public is a sham.

(On a personal note, it is gratifying to see that the Guardian team writing this article appears to have taken a leaf out of This Blog’s book and dug out the hypocritical comments made by David Cameron about Jimmy Carr, when the comedian’s tax affairs became a news story. Perhaps they’ve been reading Vox Political!)

David Cameron’s father took detailed legal advice about the pros and cons of different tax havens before the fund he had helped set up was transferred to Ireland.

A leading international law firm wrote an analysis of the Cayman Islands and Bermuda as possible places to host Blairmore Holdings Inc, as it considered whether to “migrate” the investment fund from Panama.

Blairmore was moved in June 2012 to Ireland – another tax haven with many of the advantages of offshore jurisdictions.

The Panama Papers highlight how Blairmore’s directors wanted to continue to avoid paying UK taxes at a time when David Cameron was already the leader of the Conservative party.

And the move to Ireland came in the same month as Cameron, by then prime minister, was railing against tax avoidance schemes, describing them as morally unacceptable.

Source: David Cameron’s father sought legal advice on best tax havens | News | The Guardian

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  1. Stephen Mellor April 7, 2016 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Sensible man.

    He wouldn’t want to do anything illegal.

    • Mike Sivier April 9, 2016 at 7:49 pm - Reply

      So why did he not make it public to all and sundry that he was avoiding paying taxes?
      Why did his son not make it public knowledge that he benefited, for 13 years, from a company operating in a tax haven?
      What was stopping them from admitting that they were doing this, if it’s all so squeaky clean?

  2. NMac April 7, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Go back a few more generations and you’ll find the Cameron family made their millions through the Slave Trade and the “compensation” paid to slave owners when they were forced to free the people they were cruelly exploiting. It seems to me that the Slave Trade’s evil exploitation of people mentality still figures high in the Cameron family psyche.

  3. Mr.Angry April 7, 2016 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    I truly hope this gets full exposure and destroys Cameron for ever before he totally destroys our once great nation. The country is in tatters thanks to this shower.

  4. shawn April 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Well, as journalists (as opposed to mere reporters of facts supplied by interviewees), they would be daft not to read the ‘voice of the people’.
    Cameron will be remembered as an awesome sophist who was allowed to practice his art for too long by traditional media organisations. I can imagine a whole raft full of lessons to be learnt from history being taught to students from his shameful term in office.
    As poor, I’d not swap my position for his, if it meant enduring the legacy posterity will endow Prime minister Cameron with. .

  5. mrmarcpc April 7, 2016 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    He taught his son well, one tax dodging scumbag to another, he got away with it, will his son?

  6. mohandeer April 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Although I still believe that Dave got his position with the “probable” theft by him of the Kengate tapes, it does appear that he is “probably” a chip off the old block.

  7. Brian April 7, 2016 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Cameron’s conceitedness on this matter extends throughout his attitude, and is graphically illustrated in his opinion on spending on the pro EU leaflets. Anyone that can utter ‘The Government’ & ‘I’ in the same breath shows complete disregard for the rest of the party with an underlying tone of dictatorship. This man respects no one other than himself.

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