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Cameron says he mishandled 'Panama Papers' tax scrutiny

Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 01:24

British Prime Minister David Cameron took responsibly on Saturday for the growing controversy surrounding his links to his late father's inclusion in the ''Panama Papers''. Nathan Frandino reports.

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It's been a rough week for British Prime Minister David Cameron. He's now owning up to mishandling the scrutiny of his family's tax arrangements after being linked to the "Panama Papers". (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "I know that I should have handled this better; I could have handled this better." His father Ian Cameron was included in a leaked list of clients using a law firm in the tax haven of Panama. David Cameron then appeared in the media to say... (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "I have no shares, no offshore trusts, no offshore funds, nothing like that." The Prime Minister later in the week acknowledged that he once had a stake in his father's offshore trust but sold it before becoming prime minister. He also said his father left him some 300,000 pounds but didn't say if the money had come from offshore accounts. Newspapers spoke of his "secret stash" and one even called for his resignation. Cameron says he's the only one responsible. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, DAVID CAMERON, SAYING: "And don't blame Number 10 Downing Street, or nameless advisers, blame me; and I will learn the lessons." There's no indication that he or his father had done anything illegal, though the admission has now fueled talk that his Conservative Party rules to protect the rich while punishing the poor.

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Cameron says he mishandled 'Panama Papers' tax scrutiny

Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 01:24