A year on, Europe’s tax affairs are still a mystery

New Statesman

Published: 5th November 2015


On the anniversary of the LuxLeaks tax avoidance scandal, revealed by whistleblower Antoine Deltour, Molly as member of the European Parliament’s Special Committee on Tax, asks who the real villains are when it comes to tax dodging. She also questions why the UK government, that claims tax transparency is one of its priorities, is blocking the disclosure of key documents relating to tax avoidance and undermining the democratic rights of the European Parliament.

Key quote:

‘In this tax avoidance saga laced with secrecy, dishonesty and scandal we have to question who the heroes are and who are the villains? Who should be blamed and shamed and who should be lauded? It appears in the topsy-turvy world of the globalised economy it is the politicians doing the corporates’ bidding who are exalted, while the humble whistleblowers, who seek to act for the common good, are not only belittled but actually put on trial.’