The heat is on: inaction on tax havens will make May appear complicit

As MPs intensify the pressure, the British prime minister ignores demand for transparency at her peril

David Cameron said it when he was prime minister, and the Labour MP Margaret Hodge has now made the same point. When it comes to cleaning up tax havens, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

It was at the G8 summit in 2013 that Cameron first called for transparency. He urged the governments of the UK’s network of offshore centres, which spreads from the Caribbean to the Channel, to make public the names of those individuals hiding behind shell companies incorporated on their shores. His efforts were frustrated by lobbying from the offshore industry, including Appleby, the law firm at the centre of the Paradise Papers.

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