It’s one rule for rich on tax and another for poor

Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth after 25 years in parliament.
Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth after 25 years in parliament.

We have known for a long time that something stinks about the current government – that David Cameron and George Osborne penalise the poor as their rich cronies and fund-masters get tax breaks.

Now, thanks to the so-called Panama Papers leak, we know that many of those cronies escape tax through dodgy havens.

Leaving aside the Cameron family’s own history, what this scandal shows is that there is one rule for the rich and another for everyone else.

As Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said repeatedly, it is time to get tough on tax havens.

They have become honey pots of international corruption, tax avoidance and evasion.

They are sucking tax revenues out of our own country, fuelling inequality and short-changing our public services and our people.

Cameron and Co talk tough about cracking down on the cheats, but all we have is more pussyfooting around.

There cannot be one set of tax rules for the wealthy elite and another for the rest of us.

It is unacceptable that while councils’ budgets and the services on which people rely on are being cut back, the super-rich do this.