THE Panama papers scandal is no victimless crime. One in nine people in the world go to bed hungry every night.
Sifting taxes – which could be used to alleviate the poverty of those whose exploitation often generates the wealth in the first place – is more than a whodunnit of international finance. It is a crime of violence.
Failure to pay trillions of pounds worth of tax is a bloody business that costs lives. And the losers are the majority.
The gap between rich and poor in the world is vast and growing.
A report by Oxfam in January showed that the 62 richest billionaires on the planet have as much wealth as the poorer half of the world’s population – more than 3.5billion people.
The charity deplored the fact that world leaders were hand-wringing about the escalating inequality crisis and all the while failing to take concrete action to redistribute wealth.
But sometimes “world leaders” are partners in crime.
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