Personally, I think that the media has been light on the UK banks and tax fraud. So, (although I’m not left-leaning) I support the Guardian for digging-in on this story. Surely, ahead of the UK election, it’s the time to ‘come clean’ on ‘the dirt’? – pardon the pun!
I tend to agree with Dr Alf that Jean-Claude Juncker is already a lame-duck. From my vantage in the UK, here are my views on Mr. Juncker.
Juncker is there as Mrs Merkel’s placeman, which is why he is there in the first place.
What David Cameron wants or doesn’t want is an irrelevance because Germany runs the EU and Merkel is the person with the most power in Europe and the person to whom the Chinese, the Russians and the Americans pay attention.
Juncker is a man who is the architect of the tax haven known as Luxembourg and it’s biggest client is Vodaphone which has been saved £17 billion gbp thanks to poacher turned gamekeeper Dave Hartnett, the former CEO of HMRC.
Also beneficiaries of advance tax agreements designed by PwC for the Grand Duchy are HSBC, Glaxo and Guardian Media Group (Source: Private Eye 1315 and Premier Lignes, the French TV station).
So beyond assisting Merkel and wealthy firms avoid tax, Jucker, in his role as head of the European Commission, serves no real purpose, other than to help fleece EU taxpayers.