Certainly a bee in his bonnet.
And all those who support the secrecy these places provide to facilitate this abuse should be ashamed of themselves. By offering your excuses you will, undoubtedly, be causing hardship beyond imagination and death as well.
Which is why I campaign for the abolition of secrecy jurisdictions – the BVI and Cayman included.
In fact, there\’s nothing about secrecy jurisdictions facilitating this at all. Richard Murphy himself, as an individual UK citizen, could use exactly the same prcedure to insist upon payment of a lawful debt in exactly the same way.
Indeed, I think it odds on that in his business career he did so.
The hard right and a secrecy jurisdiction acting in concert: no surprise there.
Secrecy jurisdictions are captured states that are used to promote the hard right.
There will be howls of protest – but let’s be clear.
Err, perhaps howls of laughter at that absurd conjunction. For this is about the Swiss voting to ban the building of new minarets. And I\’m having an extremely hard time thinking up any manner at all in which Swiss bank secrecy makes the population a group of religiously intolerant xenophobes.
I can think of something interesting that could be said about this story:
The 57 per cent approval of the minaret ban
That there\’s a difference between human rights, perhaps liberty, and what we can get the masses to vote for on any particular day or subject. But then, you see, if we admit to that, that the expressed will of the hoi polloi is not to be listened to in some circumstances then we then need a system of deciding when it will and when it won\’t be listened to.
As in, for example:
But she’s wrong about the electorate. Compass did some polling with YouGov on a sample of more than 1,000 people to support this report, which I co-wrote. The polling was pretty emphatic……..The finding to this one was 78% strongly in favour or agreeing;…….Here the finding to this one was 59% strongly in favour or agreeing…….And the finding to this one was 62% favoured the first statement…….
As we\’ve already noted, just because the people will vote for it does not mean that it\’s something we should do. Which is a teensie little problem for Ritchie there who is arguing that we should do it because the public seem to like it.