Veritas et Libertas: Brexit

“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


A pro-EU Mr Cameron dismissed any possibility to hold an EU referendum. But, then in January of 2013, the EU produced a concrete action plan to develop the new EU directive that would end tax evading practices in the EU member states, and within a month, Mr Cameron appeared at Bloomberg, confirming that he changed his mind and favoured an EU-referendum, stating:

“And I want us to be pushing to exempt Europe’s smallest entrepreneurial companies from more EU Directives.”

Eight months after his appearance at Bloomberg, Mr Cameron undertook his first push to exempt Europe’s smallest entrepreneurial companies from more EU Directives, by requesting from the President of the European Council to exclude offshore trusts from the EU’s new Anti Tax Evasion Directive.

“David Cameron intervened personally to prevent offshore trusts from being dragged into an EU-wide crackdown on tax avoidance, it has emerged. In a 2013 letter to the then president of the European council, Herman Van Rompuy, the prime minister said that trusts should not automatically be subject to the same transparency requirements as companies.”

Mr Cameron enjoyed a global reputation for championing the fight against tax evasion. However, his letter to Van Rompuy, reveals a different Mr Cameron, the one that opposes measures aimed at fighting tax avoidance, which threatens the future existence of our NHS.

Mr Cameron never spoke out against his father who avoided paying his taxes through an offshore company.

“David Cameron’s father Ian ran an offshore investment fund that avoided ever paying tax in the United Kingdom, according to the so-called Panama Papers.”

Mr Cameron’s wife, Samantha worked for a company that avoided paying taxes, by connecting to an offshore trust in Guernsey.

“Last year details have emerged that the company Samantha Cameron works for is based in a tax haven.”–gylgIvPk2e

In fact, every 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, which are owned by wealthy tax avoiding billionaires who felt threatened by the new EU Directive intended to bring an end to their tax evading practices.

According to Press Gazette throughout 2013, 2014 and 2015, Mr Cameron and George Osborne intensified their discussions with the pro-Brexit press.

“Of the 23 meetings between October 2014 and September 2015, eight were with News Corporation executives, five with the BBC or BBC Trust and four with Telegraph Media Group.”

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

  1. February 2015, Mr Cameron met with Robert Thomson, News Corporation chief executive, general discussion
  2. July 2015 – Mr Cameron met with Robert Thomson, general discussion

Telegraph Media Group, which controls The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph

  1. February 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Murdoch MacLennan, Guy Black (with John Witherow and Lionel Barber), to discuss Leveson Report
  2. April 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
  3. September 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Murdoch MacLennan (with Tony Gallagher and Ian MacGregor), general discussion
  4. November 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Sir David Barclay, Telegraph owner, dinner
  5. May 2014 –  Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion
  6. October 2014 – Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay (with Fizzy Barclay), dinner
  7. January 2015 –  Mr Cameron met with Aidan Barclay, general discussion

Express newspapers, which controls the Daily Star and Daily Express

  1. October 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Richard Desmond, general discussion
  2. January 2015 –  Mr Cameron met with Richard Desmond, general discussion

Daily Mail

  1. October 2014 –  Mr Cameron met with Lord Rothermere (with Paul Dacre), chairman and owner of Daily Mail and General Trust, dinner

Prime Minister David Cameron is a classic Jekyll & Hyde example, publicly campaigning to remain in the EU and secretly spending most of his time with people who campaigned to leave the EU.

One might wonder, why this wasn’t picked up by the BBC?

Well, Mr Cameron was also busy meeting with the executive officials of the BBC, as follows:

  1. May 2013 –  Mr Cameron met with Tony Hall, BBC director general, introductory meeting
  2. June 2014 –  Mr Cameron met with Tony Hall, general discussion
  3. August 2014 –  Mr Cameron met with Rona Fairhead, BBC Trust chairman, general discussion
  4. March 2015 –  Mr Cameron met with Rona Fairhead, general discussion
  5. September 2015 –  Mr Cameron met with Tony Hall, general discussion

Perhaps, this is why every time you google search the words “bbc anti tax evasion directive”, you won’t get much information on this subject from BBC.

In his letter, sent out to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, on November 10th 2015, Mr Cameron explicitly stated the four reforms that the EU has to undertake, which would secure Britain’s continued EU membership. Mr Cameron’s key demands consisted of reforming Economic Governance, Competitiveness, Sovereignty and Immigration.

Addressing the reforming demands from the British Prime Minister, Mr Tusk pledged his commitment that by February of the year 2016, the European Council should be able to prepare a concrete proposal for issues raised by 10 Downing Street.

However, the Financial Times secured a leaked copy of the proposed EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive, publishing it on its website on January 22nd of 2016, and the following day, after realising that the new EU directive features concrete measures that will bring an end to tax avoiding practices in the UK, Mr Cameron announced his historic decision to hold the EU referendum. Obviously, our Cameron wasn’t interested in waiting for the concrete proposals from the EU, due to be completed on February.

Within minutes, Theresa Villiers, Priti Patel, Michael Gove, Iain Duncan Smith, Chris Grayling, and John Whittingdale appeared at the Vote Leave headquarters, holding a banner with a slogan “Let’s take back control”. Speaking on behalf of six Tory Brexiteers, Grayling explained that they want to restore the sovereignty of the British nation.

Backed by the press, which is owned by tax avoiding media tycoons, who influenced the British voters to leave the EU, Tory Brexiteers managed to safeguard the sovereignty of British wealthy tax-dodgers from the new EU Anti Tax Evasion Directive.

On March 25th of 2015, the majority of Conservative, UKIP and DUP MEPs voted against EU’s plans to crack down on corporate tax dodging, by making companies report where they make their profits and pay taxes.

Even Mr Farage’s UKIP, the party who rambled on as being the only UK party to speak out for Britain’s little people, in the European Parliament they voted to protect the vested interests of the wealthy elite, who refuse to pay their contributions and threaten the future existence of public services, which are vital to the people they pledged to represent.

Apparently, Mr Farage also tried to avoid paying his taxes through an offshore trust fund.

“The 49-year-old paid a tax adviser to create the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 in the tax haven – which he intended to channel funds through.”

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, stating:

“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.”

Therefore, according to Mr Farage, the core aim of his Brexit campaign is the protection of British businesses, which are run by wealthy tax-avoiders, from being regulated somewhere else, by ECJ in Luxembourg.

However, the good news is that Mr Cameron intends to write a book, which will be probably entitled: How did I manage to protect wealthy tax-dodgers from the EU.