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Secrecy, or more specifically the use of secret companies incorporated in offshore jurisdictions, undermines money laundering investigations and leaves the door open for corrupt wealth – stolen from around the world – to be invested in high-end UK property.

The UK Government has announced that transparency and anti-corruption will be key elements at the G8 summit this year. Much needed action on money laundering provides an opportunity to live up to that promise.

It was a surprise to read in yesterday’s Guardian and elsewhere the remarks of Sir Roger Carr, President of the CBI, that tax avoidance “cannot be about morality – there are no absolutes”.

It has been striking how far and how quickly France has moved towards asset disclosure by government ministers in recent weeks, with parliamentarians to follow if a new law is passed. Striking also that when political will exists, galvanised by public outrage, transparency is not so hard to achieve after all.

The recent leaks of information about who actually owns the companies registered in the British Virgin Islands offer a first glimpse for many people into this very murky world.

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