The campaign to tackle tax haven abuse, in which I think it fair to say I have played a part, has always been about sovereignty, or rather the abuse of the sovereignty that a country should have to choose its own tax system that tax havens have always deliberately and knowingly undermined.
Johnny Foreigner cannot tax as he wishes because it will undermine my ability to rook my citizenry. Thus Johnny Foreigner can only have the sort of sovereignty that I will allow him.
to effectively be part of a direct attack on the democratic freedom of countries to tax as they will.
I am not exaggerating his views.
Try it on free speech to test the logic. France has a law against insulting a person in public office (no, really, criminal offence). This is a democratic freedom, in the sense that it has been passed by a democratically elected legislature.
So, Britain must also make it an offence to insult a French public servant in order not to undermine the democratic decision of the French government?
Hmm, there comes a point, doesn’t there?