Telegraph: “Triangle In Bermuda Where $$ Goes”

April 6, 2016

Although we have not been named in the ‘Panama Papers’, the UK’s Daily Telegraph has run a cartoon on their front page showing a man reading a “Panama Tax Havens” newspaper, and a caption below saying “There’s a triangle in Bermuda where all our money goes”.

The ‘Panama Papers’ — a leak of 11.5 million files from the database of offshore law firm Mossack Fonseca — have dominated the international news headlines in recent days.

According to their website, the “10 most popular tax havens in the Panama Papers” are British Virgin Islands, Panama, Bahamas, Seychelles, Niue, Samoa, British Anguilla, Nevada, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Although we have not been named in the data leak, multiple international media outlets are referencing Bermuda in their reporting of the Panama Papers, including media outlets such as CBNC, The Independent, The Financial Post, CBS and various others.

Front page of today’s edition of the Daily Telegraph with the Bermuda cartoon showing on top right:


The Cayman Islands seems to be experiencing the same issue, with the Territory being frequently named alongside Bermuda by international media outlets in their reporting of the Panama Papers.

An editorial from the Cayman Compass said that places such as Hong Kong, UK, Switzerland, US, Panama British Virgin Islands, Seychelles and Luxembourg figure “prominently” in the Papers, and “the most conspicuous aspect of the immense trove of data is the practical absence of the Cayman Islands.

“It hardly matters,” says the Cayman Compass, “as for readers in the US, UK, Europe and most places across the globe, the Caymans is synonymous with BVI, Panama, Switzerland and, in general, tax haven.

“Indeed, several news stories on The Panama Papers are already referencing Cayman as a prime example of a secretive offshore center, even though our territory plays no or little part in the substance of those stories.”

Larger version of the actual cartoon:


Yesterday, the Bermuda Business Development Agency [BDA] said, “Some of the recent reporting on the ‘Panama Papers’ perpetuates the myth that all offshore financial centres are the same.

“The fact is: Bermuda is different. While there may be businesses, service providers and lax regulatory environments around the world that enable illegal tax evasion, Bermuda is not one of them.

“Bermuda is different. Bermuda has an extremely positive global reputation built on transparency, compliance and cooperation—these attributes have been differentiating hallmarks of the jurisdiction for decades.”

Finance Minister Bob Richards appeared on the UK’s ‘BBC Newsnight’ programme to discuss the Papers and Bermuda’s tax system, with the Minister pointing out that Bermuda is not mentioned in the Panama Papers, while the UK is.

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  1. BLOW IN says:

    PLP and 800MILL, will know the answer

    • drunken ursula says:

      OBA and the airport deal !

      • Raymond Ray says:

        There are times, (unfortunately far too often) when you’re emulating an ostrich; “it head is below ground while its aassss is being exposed” :-(

      • smh says:

        Do you honestly believe the PLP won’t redevelop the airport should they ever get relected? Wake up, you’re being played

  2. Raymond Ray says:

    As certain bies’ around the road would say, “ain’t dat right”? (Or as the late Gary / Lungi Ray would often say,”yah tellin’ me”?

  3. Coffee says:

    I blame the government and the Govenor and the Forty Thieves .

  4. Litigate says:

    Why can’t Bermuda take the newspaper to court? Isn’t this slander? If we are not what they say we are, then they need to stop with their accusations.

    • CoffeeCoffee says:

      Litigation would require discovery. You don’t want to pull that string. Google and plenty of other companies keep a mailbox here for a reason.

    • Onion Juice says:

      No, they only pick on de little guys.

  5. clearasmud says:

    We should respond with a cartoon of our own – perhaps showing a pot calling the kettle black!