Tick tock, Tory boy… How long can Cameron hang on?
Who will be the first MP to shout “Resign!”, next time Cameron slithers into the House of Commons? John Mann? Tim Farron? Tom Watson? Jeremy Corbyn?
At the time of writing, the Daily Mirror‘s online poll is showing public support for Cameron’s immediate resignation at 95 per cent.
MPs have demanded David Cameron’s immediate resignation, after being “less than 100% honest” about profiting from his father’s offshore fund.
The Prime Minister finally cracked tonight after days of dodging questions over whether he had personally profited from his late father Ian’s investment firm, which was based in a tax haven in the Bahamas.
He admitted owning thousands of shares with wife Sam which he flogged for £30,000 just weeks before he became Prime Minister.
Sir John Chilcot is, of course, the man who was chosen to head the inquiry into Tony Blair’s conduct in the run-up to the Iraq War. He has yet to release his report, after nearly 10 years.
David Cameron has said he will be completely transparent about his family’s tax affairs, after appointing Sir John Chilcot to head the effort in making them public.
With the prime minister under increasing pressure to reveal whether he or his immediate family has ever benefitted financially from the use of offshore tax havens, he has moved swiftly to allay any public concerns.
He told reporters, “If there’s one thing Sir John is renowned for, it’s bringing a swift resolution to matters that deeply interest the public, and I am confident this will be no different.
“Sir John will have full access to our complete tax history, and as soon as he has documented his findings they will be made available to you, the public.
We all knew that George Osborne didn’t really have a “long-term economic plan”, and today (April 8) we had proof.
Productivity has tumbled, recording its most severe fall since the financial crisis of 2008.
With David Cameron facing calls to quit over the ‘Panama papers’, can it be long before George Osborne goes to the wall as well?
Britain has lurched further into its national productivity crisis, with hourly output at the end of last year registering its biggest quarterly fall since the 2008 financial crisis.
Productivity, the crucial statistical metric that underpins overall economic growth and sustainable increases in national living standards, fell by 1.2 per cent in the three months to December, the Office for National Statistics has confirmed.
That was the most severe fall since the final quarter of 2008, when the UK was in the grip of its most brutal economic downturn since the end of the Second World War.
It seems everyone wants to support the call for David Cameron to quit, after it was revealed he engaged in tax avoidance that he later described as “morally wrong”.
In this case, everyone includes much-loved movie star Danny DeVito. He said he believed the Labour leader would make a “great PM” and do a better job than David Cameron, who has faced intense pressure to detail his financial affairs since the Panama Papers leaks.
DeVito, 71, recently endorsed US presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders by introducing the Democratic candidate at a rally in Missouri last month.Speaking at an event for The Motion Picture and Television Fund in Los Angeles, DeVito said he was also a “big-time” supporter of Corbyn.
He told the Press Association: “I like the idea of people telling the truth. I like them to get to the bottom of things. In our government we have a lot of subterfuge.
“Now we’ve got the Panama thing. What is it? Why doesn’t anybody want to pay taxes and just fix the country and make everybody have a good life? It’s really crazy.
“I think he (Corbyn) would make a great PM. Way better than Cameron.”
The image is for an event on Saturday but will David Cameron last that long?
He has admitted lying to the public about money he gained by holding shares in one of the firms his father ran, based in a tax haven to avoid paying UK tax. But Ian Cameron apparently had more than one firm based in a tax haven, and took legal advice on which were the best tax havens to use, so David’s claim that Panama-based Blairmore was a company for people who wanted to invest in dollar-denominated shares doesn’t have substance.
They could have done that from the UK.
Claims by supporters – such as Anna Soubry on the BBC’s Question Time – that Ian Cameron’s behaviour was not illegal are also pointless. David Cameron made a very clear statement that he considered tax avoidance to be “immoral” in 2012. Now we know that he profited from at least one such “immoral” scheme. And from how many more, about which we may still know nothing?
Incidentally, the reason avoidance schemes remain legal is simple: The super-rich and politicians make sure of it. It’s their own little playground because only the super-rich have access to such schemes.
And what about the £300,000 the prime minister inherited from his father in Ian’s will? It was just a little below the Inheritance Tax threshold of £325,000. Anybody who thinks that’s down to luck has not been paying attention.
His Chancellor, George Osborne, once stated on Twitter that … well, see for yourself:
The Cameron scheme was avoidance, not evasion, but the “immoral” thread holds it together with the prime minister’s words of 2012. Strangely, this tweet seems to have gone missing from the Chancellor’s Twitter feed and at the time of writing, he does not seem to have explained why. Of course, Osborne is know to have participated in tax avoidance himself.
How many other cabinet members have tax avoidance skeletons in their Parliamentary cupboards?
Let us be clear: It is the UK’s wealth that has been siphoned off to foreign shores. Public money. Taxes that go unpaid because someone has paid a solicitor to find a way around the law are stolen from the public purse, whether the rich person performing the theft admits it or not.
Let us remember: Cameron justified every cut inflicted on the sick, the disabled and the poor by saying the UK has to “live within its means”. All the while, he knew that tax avoidance schemes including one formerly operated by his own father meant rich people could cheat on their tax, leaving fewer means for the UK to live within.
Let us remind ourselves: David Cameron himself lobbied the EU to ensure that trusts such as Blairmore did not have to conform to transparency rules. Since he had held shares in one such trust in the past, it is not beyond reason to suspect that he had personal reasons for this action. So it was not the behaviour of a statesman acting in the nation’s interests, but may have been that of an individual “looking out for number one”, as the saying goes.
In all of the above, David Cameron has shown that he is not fit to head a national government. His interests are too selfish.
That is why he must resign – or be forced out.
And we haven’t even touched on the many other policy points in which he has acted against the best interests of the United Kingdom yet!
Remember when the Daily Mail denounced Ed Miliband’s father Ralph as the “Man who hated Britain”?
Consider the mass-dismantling of British institutions that has taken place since 2010: The NHS; the welfare state; legal aid; council services, including libraries… the list runs on and on, with schools and the land registry next up for privatisation and our human rights due for the chop in the near future.
Judge anyone by their actions, not their words.
By his actions, if anybody hates Britain, it’s David Cameron.
And that is another reason he must go.
One of his favourite phrases, used many times to justify his decisions is, “because it’s the right thing to do”.
It’s time we told him to resign – because it really is “the right thing to do”.
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