Archive for February 5, 2013
Answering reporters’ questions for the first time since details emerged late last week about an alleged slush fund his Popular Party (PP) controlled, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday in Berlin that all the information that has been published by the media “is untrue — except for some things.”
The somewhat confusing statement came during a question-and-answer session Rajoy held alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel following their meeting to discuss Spain’s economy and the reforms being carried out by his government.
“I repeat what I said Saturday: everything that has been said about me and my colleagues in the party is untrue, except for some things that have been published by some media outlets,” the 57-year-old prime minister said.
The conservative leader did not clarify what things he believes are false, nor did he answer a Spanish reporter’s question as to who he or his party plan on suing for alleging that many officials, including himself, were given bonuses from a secret fund on top of their regular pay.
On Saturday, Rajoy appeared before the cameras to refute the allegations, but reporters were kept in a separate room and not allowed to ask the prime minister any questions….
full article at source:……………..http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-05/mariano-rajoys-mindblowing-defense-it-all-untrue-except-some-things
“In the Dáil in recent weeks, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said: “The problem with the so-called ‘Double Irish’ from Ireland’s point of view is that it has that name. People think that something we do here gives rise to it. That is not the case.” Mr Noonan blamed tax codes elsewhere, including the way the US government treats certain tax arrangements.”
Yep, folks, that’s right, Irish law allowing dodgy entities set up off-shore to be tax exempt is, apparently, not Irish problem. Serves those Americans right, then…
full article at source: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.de/2013/02/122013-innocence-of-double-irish.html
- Noonan fears reputational damage over ‘Double Irish’ tax avoidance (independent.ie)
- Hopes fade as deadline looms (independent.ie)
- Cost of borrowing on markets could fall if easing of bailout terms goes ahead, says Noonan (independent.ie)
- Irish politician admits to drug use then says others in Parliament must have dabbled (irishcentral.com)
- When is a civil servant not a civil servant [Answer: when they’re on secondment from the NTMA] (namawinelake.wordpress.com)
- Anglo is in breach of the terms of its banking licence (namawinelake.wordpress.com)