Watch: Nigel Farage denounces tax avoidance in speech last month

The UKIP leader, who set up an offshore tax fund on the Isle of Man, told the European parliament that tax avoidance was about "the perception of fairness".

In my earlier post on Nigel Farage's offshore tax fund (located on the Isle of Man), I noted that the UKIP leader was guilty of hypocrisy having recently denounced tax avoidance in a speech to the European parliament. Well, here is that speech in full and it's as damaging as you'd expect.

He told MEPs (who he assailed for "tax fraud"): "There's a great degree of unity here this morning, a common enemy: rich people, successful companies evading tax, which of course is a problem, avoiding tax, which is not illegal, but it gives this whole chamber this morning a high moral tone and, as Mr Barrasso says, it's all about the perception of fairness." Indeed it is, Mr Farage. 

He went on to accuse the EU Commission of attempting to "drive a wedge between the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the Caymans". Maybe, but shouldn't he have declared his interest? 

Nigel Farage addresses members of the public during a political meeting at the Armstrong Hall in South Shields. Photograph: Getty Images.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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This is the place: the poem Tony Walsh read at the Manchester attack vigil

The full text of the poem read at the vigil to remember victims of the Manchester terror attack. 

If one moment captured the response of Manchester to the terror attacks, it was arguably when Tony Walsh, who writes under the name Longfella, recited his poem, "This is the place", about the city. 

Originally penned as a commission for the charity Forever Manchester, a charity that funds community activity in the city, Walsh recited a version of it in front of a crowd of thousands. 

Here is the poem in full, reproduced with Walsh's permission:

 

 

 

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