Scottish Daily Mail

A very tax­ing rev­e­la­tion for saintly Clegg

- An­drew Pierce

As Deputy Prime Min­is­ter, the holier-than-thou Nick Clegg made huge play of how his Lib Dems forced their Tory Coali­tion part­ners to crack down on tax avoid­ance.

Off­shore tax havens, in par­tic­u­lar, were his tar­get, when he said: ‘There are mil­lions of peo­ple who pay their taxes... who are rightly an­gered that there is a wealthy elite . . . who can pay an army of tax ac­coun­tants to get out of pay­ing their fair share of tax.’

how­ever, I sug­gest that sanc­ti­mo­nious Cleggy should take a close look at his own fi­nan­cial af­fairs. he has set up a not-for­profit com­pany to fur­ther his work out­side Par­lia­ment (such as his forth­com­ing grandly ti­tled book Pol­i­tics: The Art Of The Pos­si­ble In An Age Of un­rea­son). One of the firm’s donors is Vir­gin Group hold­ings, part of sir richard Bran­son’s em­pire.

And where is Vir­gin Group hold­ings based? The Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, where in­come is not taxed. This is con­firmed in Clegg’s own dec­la­ra­tion of in­ter­ests, which gives the donor com­pany’s ad­dress as: PO Box 71, road Town, Tor­tola, Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands.

Per­haps a chap­ter in Clegg’s book new book will cover the murky world of Lib Dem fund­ing. But don’t hold your breath!

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