Ed & Ralph Miliband v Daily Mail (who said “Hurrah for Blackshirts”) – David Cameron’s father Ian was a tax dodger!

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I’ve contributed to the debate on the row between Ed Miliband and the Daily Mail, over the Mail’s vicious attacks on “Red Ed” and his late Marxist father Ralph Miliband, claiming Ralph hated this country although he fled to Britain to escape the Nazis – who, ironically, the Daily Mail supported!

The Guardian and others have brought up the subject of Lord Rothermere (the great grandfather of the current owner of the Daily Mail) supporting the Black Shirts (led by Oswald Mosley). [The particular brand of nationalism adopted by “One Nation” Red Ed would have doubtless appalled Ralph, of course.]

See http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/oct/01/daily-mail-refuses-apologise-ralph-miliband to which I have posted the following comment:

While on the subject of the media attacking deceased fathers of political leaders, it is surely worthwhile to remind your readers of an article you carried in April 2012 about David Cameron’s father Ian making an estimated fortune of £10 million through the use of tax havens.

“Ian Cameron took advantage of a new climate of investment after all capital controls were abolished in 1979, making it legal to take any sum of money out of the country without it being taxed or controlled by the UK government.”

So, basically, Thatcher’s government enabled their friends in big business (including Ian Cameron) avoid tax on a massive scale – something that, if overcome, would do a massive amount to tackle the deficit. So much for the need for austerity!

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2012/apr/20/cameron-family-tax-havens

I’d post this as a comment on the Daily Mail website, but they are moderated in advance there – I wonder why!

3 thoughts on “Ed & Ralph Miliband v Daily Mail (who said “Hurrah for Blackshirts”) – David Cameron’s father Ian was a tax dodger!

  1. Articles from socialist commentators on the Ed Miliband v Daily Mail spat:

    Owen Jones (the most prominent left-wing journalist/author in the Labour Party): http://owenjonesramblings.tumblr.com/post/62811986074/be-prepared-the-right-are-preparing-all-out-war

    Andrew Coates (a Marxist blogger): http://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/ralph-miliband-a-great-democratic-socialist-slandered-by-the-mail/

    An interesting article by Stuart Jeffries (on what he thinks were Ralph’s main views) in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/shortcuts/2013/oct/02/ralph-miliband-six-key-ideas-daily-mail

    And, since we are talking about tax havens, there is an explosive issue on the front page of today’s Daily Mirror about the Tories’ election guru Lynton Crosbie running “a mysterious offshore company in Malta”. I’ve added a comment on the web version of that page pointing out the facts about David Cameron’s late father uncovered by the Guardian as posted above (a very good site for posting comments since they appear immediately and you can put biographical information):

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/lynton-crosby-uses-offshore-tax-2333149

  2. Mehdi Hasan savages Daily Mail On BBC Question Time (VIDEO): http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/03/mehdi-hasan-bbc-question-time-daily-mail_n_4039900.html

    Mehdi reveals in that video, among other things, that the Daily Mail supported French Front National Presidential candidate Marine le Pen in 2012 (so their support for fascism does not just date back to before the Second World War): http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-2132611/French-elections-2012-Marine-Le-Pen-responsible-vote-France.html

    Former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell actually comes good in attacking “bully and coward” Paul Dacre on Newsnight for just sending along his deputy: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/video-alastair-campbell-rages-at-daily-mail-deputy-editor-jon-steafel-over-ralph-miliband-article-8853039.html and setting up this petition:
    http://www.change.org/petitions/debate-with-me-or-a-professional-broadcast-interviewer-on-tv-the-attack-on-ed-miliband-s-father-and-the-role-of-the-daily-mail-in-the-uk-s-national-debate?share_id=OlQazFbGlk&utm_campaign=friend_inviter_chat&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=permissions_dialog_true

    And while talking about the Daily Mail and tax avoidance, Private Eye revealed that its owner Lord Rothermere is a tax dodger (a “non-domicile”): http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=MJvC-YCpgZ4C&pg=PT17&lpg=PT17&dq=mark+thomas+rothermere+non-domicile&source=bl&ots=ntx0TEAes7&sig=WEWJ6xhK4FeAzEqb9_yLyRhG0J0&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4NpPUpiXA-GX1AWY8IGQDw&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=mark%20thomas%20rothermere%20non-domicile&f=false

    Finally, the People’s Assembly has called demonstrations in London and Manchester against the Daily Mail on Sunday 6 October at 12 noon (Young St, London W8 5EH, High Street Kensington tube, https://www.facebook.com/events/247553875396192 and St Ann’s Square, Manchester, https://www.facebook.com/events/247553875396192). Be there if you support Ed and/or Ralph Miliband, or simply if you hate the bile that the Mail puts forward!

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