One of the candidates running for Mayor of London 2016, Zac Goldsmith, made a squirm filled appearance on BBC2s Newsnight Tuesday. Presenter Evan Davis was keen to question Goldsmith about his financial affairs but Zac would not play ball.
What we ended up with was an interview of cat and mouse.
No matter how Davis tried to word questions relating to Goldsmith's tax affairs and non-dom status Zac ducked and dodged.
And no matter how he tried to explain and clarify his tax affairs Goldsmith failed.
In the end he looked uncomfortable at times and rather rattled at the way the interview went.
One outcome was he vowed to publish his tax return saying "I think all candidates should in this election. If this is something the candidates agree to do then I will of course do that. I fully anticipate doing that."
But will that really show his tax and financial affairs clearly?
Multi-millionaire Goldsmith, yes he is not one of the people, is the Tory hope for Mayor of London; other candidates include Sadiq Khan for Labour and Respect party's George Galloway. The Respect party appears to be crumbling so if Galloway fails what next for him?
He does have a fairly popular news based show called Sputnik which airs on Russia Today. At one time he was a Labour party politician but surely that horse has bolted?
Boris Johnson is moving on from his role as London Mayor, hence the election. Johnson is tipped by many to be the next leader of the Tory party, when Cameron steps down sometime between now and 2020.
If Johnson becomes the PM of the UK and Donald Trump the next POTUS the two will share right wing policies and silly hair. But on a serious note it is a scary thought.
The Goldsmith's family office operates out of Geneva not London or even the UK.
"I have always been tax resident in the UK," Goldsmith told Davis. "I have always paid full tax on my income in the UK since I've been paying tax since I was 18." "Let me just explain, my father died around 20 years ago. I became non-dom at age 20 or 21. Being non-dom allows you to make lifestyle choices to avoid paying tax." He added: "I've never been accused of not paying tax."
He went on to say ""I have a huge family that covers every continent in the world, more or less. I am one of very many siblings and members of the family. My father was an international businessman. He established an overseas trust before he died. "I am a beneficiary of that trust. I have absolutely no control over it."
He then added "What I do have control over is the income I get. And that income I get is subject to the full tax regime in the UK and has always has been."
The interview however left me wondering if Goldsmith protested a little too much and just why he wanted to be the next mayor of London.
In 2009 the Guardian posted a report about Goldsmith's wealth and it begins:
Zac Goldsmith inherited his wealth from his father, Sir James Goldsmith, who died shortly after the 1997 general election with a £1.2bn fortune. Goldsmith senior was a non-domiciled resident in France who denied both Britain and France the chance to tax his estate.