About a year ago Dan Mitchell of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity got very heated about trying to arrange a debate with me. I refused to take part in an event he organised. I have no respect for his organisation. But although he represented otherwise, I did not decline to debate with him per se. I said I would if someone reputable organised it to ensure fair play.
Well, now they have. Offshore Alert in the USA have organised a conference in Florida in April this year where Mitchell and I will meet in a debate, billed as follows:
OFFSHORE FINANCIAL CENTERS: ARE THEY HEALTHY FOR THE GLOBAL ECONOMY?
A debate between pro-offshore and anti-offshore factions on whether OFCs play a positive or negative role in world finance.
Yes, they are:
Daniel J. Mitchell, Senior Fellow, Cato Institute (USA);
Richard Hay, International Tax Principal, Stikeman Elliott (UK).
No, they aren't:
Jack Blum, Co-Author, 'Financial Havens, Banking Secrecy & Money Laundering' (USA);
Richard Murphy, Research Director, Tax Justice Network (UK).
I'm very much looking forward to this. Jack is a great guy to partner. Amongst his many achievements was cracking BCCI. Mitchell and Hay have got a problem on their hands.