David Cameron’s Remain campaign could have succeeded if he informed the British public about the new EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive.
David Cameron wanted Great Britain to remain in the European Union, however, his frail campaign failed because he never informed the British voters of the biggest advantage of staying, which is EU’s new Anti Tax Avoidance Directive.
If Mr Cameron revealed that by remaining in the EU, the British government would have had to implement EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance Directive and enact new laws to collect taxes from everyone, including our tax-dodging billionaires, he would have easily secured sufficient votes to remain in the EU, but he didn’t!
But the “Dodgy Dave” declined to inform British voters that the new EU Directive would improve their well being because throughout his political career, Mr Cameron wasn’t keen on ending extreme austerity measures by collecting taxes from the wealthy elite registered in tax havens.
According to The Financial Times, Sven Giegold, the European Green Party’s spokesperson for economic affairs in the European Parliament, emphasised that Cameron’s government continuously undermined EU’s attempts to fight tax avoidance.
Ian Cameron’s tax avoiding practices made him a millionaire, and according to The Guardian, by the year 2009, his wealth was estimated to be around £10m, whereby following Ian Cameron’s death in 2010, his son, David Cameron inherited his father’s house in North Kensington, worth £2m at the time and £300,000.
The Panama Papers also revealed that the Icelandic Prime Minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson and his wealthy wife too avoided paying taxes through a company set up in the British Virgin Islands.
Compared to Britain, the news that their Prime Minister benefited from tax avoidance sparked massive protests in Iceland, leading to the resignation of Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.
Following the Panama Papers, David Cameron was accused by the opposition for being a hypocrite for doing enough to prevent tax avoidance, but, he didn’t resign.
On 11 April 2016, Mr Cameron tried to emphasize the difference between illegal tax evasion and legal tax avoidance and promised tougher measures to tackle these practices, claiming that he will outlaw tax evasion and discourage tax avoidance.
According to the Hansard’s parliamentary debates official reports, rather than resigning or outlawing future tax avoidance, David Cameron made it clear that he will outlaw tax evasion, which was already illegal, and discourage tax avoidance rather than make it illegal, claiming that he will continue to support individuals, like his father, who own shares, make investments to support their families rather than their nation through their tax contributions.
Another interesting aspect of David Cameron’s personal life includes his preferential treatment of the British pro-Brexit press.
Ever since he announced his U-turn on the EU-referendum in 2013, Mr Cameron spent his time exclusively in the company of executive officials of the British pro-Brexit press.
According to Press Gazette, throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015, Mr Cameron and George Osborne intensified their discussions with the pro-Brexit press, which is owned by wealthy tax-dodgers, such as Rupert Murdoch, Barclay Brothers, Richards Desmond and Lord Rothermere.
As someone who campaigned to remain in the EU, one might have expected that Mr Cameron would coordinate his campaign and meet with the pro-EU press, such as the Independent, Guardian, Financial Times, etc. Instead, Mr Cameron spent most of his time in the company of the executive officials of the pro-Brexit press, as follows:
News Coorp., which controls The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun
– February 2015, Mr Cameron met with Robert Thomson, News Corporation chief executive, general discussion
– July 2015 – Mr Cameron met with Robert Thomson, general discussion
Telegraph Media Group, which controls The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph
– February 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Murdoch MacLennan, Guy Black (with John Witherow and Lionel Barber), to discuss Leveson Report
– April 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
– September 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Murdoch MacLennan (with Tony Gallagher and Ian MacGregor), general discussion
– November 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Sir David Barclay, Telegraph owner, dinner
– May 2014 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
– October 2014 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay (with Fizzy Barclay), dinner
– January 2015 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
Express newspapers, which controls the Daily Star and Daily Express
– October 2013 – Mr Cameron met with Richard Desmond, general discussion
– January 2015 – Mr Cameron met with Richard Desmond, general discussion
– October 2014 – Mr Cameron met with Lord Rothermere (with Paul Dacre), chairman and owner of Daily Mail and General Trust, dinner
Of course, David Cameron praised his own efforts in tackling tax avoidance, however, the Panama Papers contradicts his claim, because it revealed that the British Virgin Islands are becoming the world’s largest tax haven.
According to The World Economic Forum, half of the companies included in the Panama Papers were implicated in tax avoidance exploited the British overseas territory tax havens.
David Cameron’s remain campaign could have succeeded if he informed the British public about the new EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive.
The implementation of the EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive would have ended the massive tax avoiding practices by wealthy Brits or owners of British businesses who are responsible for the ongoing austerity measures and food banks.
However, David Cameron wasn’t interested in getting the UK to implement the EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive, which is why he called the EU referendum and declined to acquaint the British public with Brussels’ endeavour to end the increasing tax-avoiding practices, which are subjecting his people to harsh austerity measures and food banks.