Apparently thousands of people demonstrating against tax dodger David Cameron outside Downing Street don’t register on the BBC’s news values.
Cameron giving a speech to fellow Tories is top of Auntie’s ‘politics’ page at the time of writing…
… and there is mention of the demo. The article states: “A group of protesters calling on Mr Cameron to “close tax loopholes or resign” rallied outside Downing Street before moving on to demonstrate outside the venue where the Conservative forum was held.”
A group? Thousands of people are there right now (2pm, April 9), listening to speeches and shouting for David Cameron to resign as prime minister of the UK.
Here’s the evidence:
Whitehall has been blocked for more than an hour. Not newsworthy to the BBC.
It’s all very well, Cameron telling the Conservative Party faithful, “I know that I should have handled this better, I could have handled this better. I know there are lessons to learn and I will learn them. Don’t blame Number 10 Downing Street or nameless advisers, blame me. I was obviously very angry about what people were saying about my dad.”
But this is not about how he handled the situation, or about learning lessons, or about Downing Street advisers. It isn’t even about Cameron’s late father.
It is about the fact that Cameron lied to the British public for nearly a week and thought it was acceptable to do that.
He is a tax-dodger. Many of the events that led to him becoming prime minister were privileges bought with money that should have paid Ian Cameron’s taxes. The dividends Cameron drew from Blairmore were profits from a company based in a tax haven that, therefore, didn’t pay its fair share of taxes – he was receiving this money while he was leader of the Conservative Party, remember.
And according to Channel 4 News, Cameron allegedly had a stake in a third – yes, a third – tax-avoiding company.
He has only mentioned Blairmore. What about Close International and PMG Eagle? Take a look:
Channel 4 News has questioned Downing Street about these firms – but has received no answer.
The BBC hasn’t even bothered to ask.
Cameron has had his chance. He has had nearly a week to come clean about his tax avoidance – activity that was followed up, if not accompanied, by loud preaching for tax honesty around the world. What a hypocrite.
It’s time for him to give up and go. If he won’t be honest, then he can’t be prime minister.
And it’s time the BBC remembered its duties as a public service broadcaster.
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