Op-ed: A furious debate about what if anything UK PM David Cameron has done wrong is dividing opinion. It is fair to say the divide is fairly politically split.
The Tory faithful are by and large, at least publicly, showing their support for the PM, calling those asking him to resign anything from a rabble to misinformed.
Their argument is that Cameron has done nothing wrong; that the system may or may not be flawed but that seems to depend whether you are talking to a person who is gaining under the current system or not.
Now Tories are in damage limitations mode and clutching eagerly at each and every straw anything goes.
The latest is calling attacks on Cameron a smear campaign.
To Labour supporters such as this writer that is both ironic and rich.
It was not so very long ago a smug faced David Cameron used a dodgy Labour list to ridicule Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the Commons. That list may have been a fictitious piece of Conservative nonsense or even supplied by a Labour political lightweight and backstabber but either way it lowered the tone.
It was a cheap political shot and Cameron cannot bleat when we respond in kind.
But either way we note the gloves are off and the Tories do not like it.
They have played with fire and tried to damage the reputation of Mr Corbyn; they even attacked Ed Miliband and his father as they tried to win the 2015 General Election.
Nothing was off limits.
So are you persuaded that somehow publishing the panama data leaks is disrespectful to David Cameron's late father?
If Cameron had come clean Sunday night when the story broke many people would still have been angry.
It is the fact that Cameron preaches we are all in this together as paltry benefits for people with disabilities are slashed and even mobility allowances removed. As he tells us all it is because the country has such a huge deficit and it is all the Labour party's fault.
But of course if money was invested in the UK rather than off shore tax havens perhaps the country would not be in such a financial mess.
He is the King of Hypocrisy even telling us all to take a vacation in the UK to help flood hit areas of the country then dashing off to Lanzarote for his Easter break.
The fact that Cameron lied over and over again this week has permanently damaged his reputation. He has lied and vague arguments from others that it is a private family matter and that he did want to drag his late father into the debate are simply nonsense.
£31,500 from his Dad's shares was such a drop in the Cameron's financial ocean Dave was able to casually dismiss and forget it. Last week's leaks may just be a drop in that same ocean but hey could almost be a false flag with Cameron collateral damage.
Certainly the elite will be happy to see the government of Iceland fall as that country has successfully jailed corrupt bankers.
With other off shore tax havens still holding so many secrets there is still a lot of the proverbial to hit the fan.
Will we ever get to the real truth of this story or not?
By Saturday night Cameron has vowed to publish his tax returns for the last six years. But surely that is after the event in every sense of the word?
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Mossack Fonseca director Ramon Fonseca has denied any wrongdoing. He said the firm had suffered a hack on its database and described the leak as "an international campaign against privacy", according to Reuters. All of those implicated in the ICIJ Panama Papers report have been afforded the opportunity to respond: Visit the ICIJ website to read the responses.
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