Cameron on the rack over Panama Papers
The papers keep up the pressure on the Prime Minister, suggesting that his “carefully worded statement” on his tax affairs may fail to end speculation. In particular they draw attention to his studied use of the present tense. He does not exclude the possibility that he or his family members may have benefited in the past, or may benefit in the future, from funds held in off-shore tax havens. His “Put up or shut up” comment makes the headlines – but maybe he needs to take his own advice.
The Telegraph headlines: “PM Panama mystery deepens: Cameron’s carefully worded statement may not end speculation”. The Mirror devotes its front page to a headline “How many people think you’ve come clean about tax, PM?”.
As I said yesterday, this is not directly a referendum issue (surprising perhaps that rather few EU big-wigs seem to be mentioned in the Panama Papers). But to the extent that it tends to discredit the Prime Minister, it may also undermine his Remain campaign.
Roger Helmer MEP