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Should our politicians be forced to make public their personal finances, including publishing their tax returns? In the wake of the Panorama programme exposing the use of tax havens by high-profile British figures, politicians have been revealing their income and tax payments as a move towards greater transparency on the part of public figures. But is it right?
Politicians are public figures being paid out of the public purse and are accountable to the public so it is right that as they have influence over all our lives, they should be forced to be completely open about their income and tax payments. The public mood has changed and for confidence in our politicians to be restored, they should have to prove they are above suspicion.
Everyone – including politicians – has a right to privacy and that includes their private finances. There is a growing culture of bullying and this could extend to not only politicians, but any public figure who could be forced into revealing personal information, even medical records. Such a witch hunt could threaten democracy by deterring the best people from even thinking about entering politics.
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