Hi, well then, I hope you all had a splendid holiday with lots of merriment with your family and friends! Here in Shropshire, where I live, it’s been quite beautiful with snow at Christmas, Boxing Day to be specific but still amazing. Anyway, enough of my dewy eyed view at the beauty of the world. Let’s talk about what’s been going on this week over the holidays.; It looks like I was right after all in relation to the Sony hacking palaver (see last two the weeks to get up to date #4, #5) After everything has been said and done, it looks like it still may be what I suggested from the outset- Sony paying hackers to hack them for publicity but the hackers went too far and nothing to do with North Korea. I would like to applaud Sony for this stunt, pretending to pull it, then not, then releasing it so you can stream it or go to the cinema on the same night for the sake of “freedom” (slow clap)
With the Panama papers still being big news around the world, and the repercussions already ousting Iceland’s Prime Minister, along with a stream of other high-profile leaders being in the spotlight, the scandal has finally arrived on Britain’s shores and landed on Prime Minister David Cameron, and his late father who benefited from one of the exact things Cameron says he’s been trying to clamp down on. Now, does this put the Prime Minister in an untenable position? In short, yes. Even though it was before he was Prime Minister, the fact that he and his father took part in tax avoidance is hugely hypocritical for a man who won, in part, a general election on his claim to clamp down on such practices.
On top of that, there is the fact that he thinks £30,000 is a trivial amount, when the average income in the UK is less than that, at around £26,500, is appalling and just shows how out of touch with ordinary people he is. What makes it worse is that the truth (that he benefited from this scheme) had to be dragged out of him, in such an embarrassing way, and only after multiple questions from multiple people. This is just another damning insight into the elite Tory club now running the fifth largest economy in the world.