The real people hurt by the Panama papers’ tax schemes aren’t those shiny celebrities you’ll see in the paper

The last time the financial affairs of the ultra-rich and powerful got splashed across the world’s media was just over a year ago, when the journalists behind the ‘Panama Papers’ exposed the people hiding billions in HSBC Swiss bank accounts.

Attention understandably focused on the shiny famous and infamous people who were being shamed, just as is happening again with the Panama Papers.

There is, however, another, far larger but almost invisible group of people involved in the Panama Papers story – and all other tales of corruption, tax evasion, tax avoidance and money laundering.

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