Why would any tax-paying UK citizen want a prime minister who would let the super-rich get away without paying their taxes?
That is the message Tory leadership hopeful Dominic Raab is giving us by accepting donations from financiers linked to tax havens.
He’s being touted as the “no deal” Brexit candidate – a figure who can be counted on to turn the UK into a tax haven on the edge of the European Union.
Very handy for the super-rich. Not so pleasant for the poor who’ll have to stump up for the public services those rich scroungers will still want to use.
So while Mr Raab may seem highly attractive to Tories of the European Research Group (ERG) variety, he’ll have nothing to offer working-class Tories – or indeed anybody else – at all.
If he does win the leadership, let’s all make sure the public are reminded of that at the next general election.
Tory leadership favourite Dominic Raab has netted £73,000 in donations from financiers linked to tax havens.
The no-deal Brexit advocate, who is thought to be eyeing a run at the Conservative Party’s top job, has pocketed more than £127,000 since January, the MPs’ register of interests reveals.
The donations include £29,000 for a staff member in Raab’s office from the IPGL hedge fund, which is owned by ex-Tory treasurer Michael Spencer. Spencer’s hedge fund was named in the Paradise Papers in connection with a subsidiary based in Bermuda.
Private banking group Arbuthnot donated £44,000 to Raab’s office. The bank’s owner Henry Angest is also named in the Paradise Papers in connection with a subsidiary of his bank based in Barbados. Overall, Angest has donated nearly £7m to the Conservative Party.
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