“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country… It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.”
Edward L. Bernays
Addressing the European Parliament for the first time since the EU referendum, emotional Nigel Farage reminded MEPs of what his “little people” achieved, stating:
“Because what the little people did, what the ordinary people did – what the people who’d been oppressed over the last few years who’d seen their living standards go down did – was they rejected the multinationals, they rejected the merchant banks, they rejected big politics and they said actually, we want our country back, we want our fishing waters back, we want our borders back.”
Throughout his Brexit campaign, Mr Farage presented himself and UKIP, as the only political party who fights for Britain’s “little people” and stands up against the wealthy elite.
Regrettably, instead of judging Mr Farage’s actions, Britain’s “little people” believed his words and voted to leave the EU.
Mr Farage is the only politician in the British history who fought for the “the ordinary people”, yet got money and support for his Brexit campaign form the wealthy tax-dodging elite who are responsible for the ongoing struggle of his “little people”.
In April 2015, Richard Desmond, the tax-dodging owner of the Sunday Express, the Daily Star and OK! magazine, donated £1.3m to UKIP, claiming:
“I firmly believe in Ukip. It’s a party for good, ordinary British people. It is not run by elitists.”
In fact, the majority of highly influential people and owners of establishments who campaigned for Brexit are elitists who share a common value, being implicated in tax-dodging practices.
British tax havens are created exclusively for the elitists to avoid paying their taxes, including Mr Farage, who avoided paying his taxes by setting up an offshore fund in the Isle of Man.
The list of prominent Brexiteers who have avoided paying tax to UK tax authorities includes:
Arron Banks, who is associated with and profits from companies set up in the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar tax havens.
Sir James Dyson, who partially avoided his full share of tax by setting up companies in Malta, the Isle of Man and Luxembourg tax havens.
Lord Ashcroft, who avoided paying his taxes by registering as a resident Belize and setting up a trust fund in Bermuda.
And, of course, David Cameron, the pro-EU British Prime Minister who decided to have the EU referendum, also benefited from his father’s offshore trust who avoided paying taxes by setting up a trust fund in the Bahamas.
The list of prominent pro-Brexit newspapers owners, who avoid paying tax to UK tax authorities includes:
The owner of the Sun newspaper, Rupert Murdoch avoided paying his taxes by setting up his companies in the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands tax havens.
The owners of the Telegraph newspaper, David and Frederick Barclay avoided paying their taxes by registering as residents of Sark island, located in the Channel Island tax haven.
The owner of the Telegraph newspaper, Lord Rothermere avoided paying his taxes by inheriting the Daily Mail through an offshore trust set up in the Channel Island tax haven and being registered as “non-dom”.
The Brexit campaign was fierce, intense, well-financed, and there’s a perfectly good reason why Britain’s wealthy tax-dodgers wanted to leave the EU.
Following Euro’s decline, caused by EU’s Greek bailout and the SFR’s shocking revelation that wealthy Greeks stored around €80 billion in Swiss banks to avoid paying their taxes, the European Commission decided to bring an end to tax-avoiding practices amongst its member states.
The European Commission began working on the EU’s new Anti Tax Avoidance Directive in 2013, endorsed it in 2016, and its member states must implement it by 2019.
The dates of the development of EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance Directive coincides with key Brexit developments.
In 2016, the European Commission produced the first draft of the EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive and within a month, David Cameron announced the date for EU referendum.
In 2019, all EU member states have to implement the EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive, by which time the UK is expected to leave the EU and its Directives.
EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance aims to ensure a stable fiscal environment for its member states, decent healthcare, education and public services.
But, instead of protecting our NHS, public services, social welfare and themselves from ongoing austerity measures, Mr Farage’s “little people” decided to protect our tax-dodgers.
If Mr Farage and his UKIP truly cared about the Britain’s “ordinary people”, they would have never voted against EU’s plans to crack down on corporate tax-evasion.
“From Britain, Conservative, Ukip, and DUP MEPs voted against the report, though many did not show up or not vote.”
Ultimately, reflecting on Supreme Court’s decision that the British Parliament must decide whether or not to trigger Article 50, Mr Farage revealed the crucial aspect of his Brexit campaign, and it wasn’t about the “little people”:
“Well, we would be half-Brexiting is my guess – is that legally we may get out of some aspects of EU membership, but if we stay in the single market, we finish up with all our businesses being regulated somewhere else and indeed a court in Luxembourg that can overrule our own Supreme Court and if that happens it will a supreme act of betrayal.”
The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg is responsible for ensuring that EU directives are interpreted and applied in the same way in every member state, including EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance Directive.
Democracy is great because it also enables citizens to hold politicians accountable for lying to their electorate.
People of Great Britain, it is time you exercised your democratic right!