Newspaper headlines: 'Mrs Brown's Ploys' and Lewis Hamilton's jet

By BBC News


According to the Times, the latest leak of offshore tax avoidance records tarnishes capitalism and will have dire political consequences unless governments act fast.

Tough regulation, the paper says, will not catch everything but it would send the right signal.

"The parasites must pay," says the Daily Mirror, which believes the leaked documents have exposed "grotesque tax avoidance on a catastrophic scale by the world's super-rich".

The Guardian talks of "outrage" as the scale of tax avoidance "by the global elite is laid bare",

Max Hastings, in the Daily Mail, says the naked greed of the tax avoiders is playing straight into Jeremy Corbyn's hands.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph talks of a "deluge of synthetic outrage" over the leaked papers.

It says "most of what's disclosed does not amount to unethical, yet alone illegal, activity".

A letter writer to the same paper asks why the Queen should be embarrassed at investing in overseas territories - given that she is head of state of the Cayman Islands and Bermuda.

"Mrs Brown's Ploys" is the Sun's headline, referring to claims that three of the stars of BBC One comedy Mrs Brown's Boys diverted £2m into a tax-avoidance scheme.

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image captionLewis Hamilton has been named in the so-called Paradise Papers

F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who reduced his tax bill on a private jet by importing it to the Isle of Man, is on the front of Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung, which had the original leaks of the Paradise papers.

The paper recalls that he posted a picture of himself next to his jet on Instagram with the message: "Damn, how I love this plane".

"And damn," says the paper, "how the multimillionaire must love the Isle of Man".

However, the business editor of another German paper, Die Welt, argues in favour of tax havens.

Olaf Gersemann claims that a world without loopholes would not be a better place. What people do with their legally acquired and legally taxed money, he says, is a private matter.

There's criticism of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is accused of mistakenly claiming that a British woman, jailed in Iran, had been training journalists.

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe could now face five more years in prison.

The Daily Mirror calls it "an amateur error by a deficient buffoon".

According to the Times, Mr Johnson "does not seem to grasp that lives depend on what he says".

Brexit deal

The US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, is the main focus of the Daily Telegraph's front page - but not in connection with revelations about his Russian business links.

The paper says he's warned that Britain should avoid too much compromise with the EU in Brexit negotiations.

In an interview, he told the Telegraph that a trade deal between Britain and the US could be signed "within months".

The Daily Express commentator, Ross Clark, is concerned about reports that ministers have indicated they are prepared to pay a leaving bill of £53bn in order to move the talks along.

That, he says, would be a betrayal of Leave voters and would make us look pathetically weak as a country.

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image captionPresident Donald Trump is on a two-day visit to South Korea

And finally.

The Korean Times welcomes President Donald Trump's two-day visit, which it says will be a crucial point in dealing with North Korea's nuclear and missile ambitions.

It says his first destination on the trip - to Camp Humphreys, the newly established headquarters of the US 8th Army - will enable Mr Trump to witness South Korea's commitment to the alliance between the two countries.

The Korea Herald points out the visit comes exactly a year after President Trump's election to the White House.

It says officials in Seoul are mulling over how best to congratulate Mr Trump without wine or champagne at a state dinner, as the US leader does not drink.