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The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire (2017)

TV-PG | | Documentary | TV Movie 5 May 2017
How Britain transformed from an imperial power to a financial power.

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Michael Oswald

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Michael Oswald (screenplay)
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Joel Benjamin Joel Benjamin ... Self
Peter Cain Peter Cain ... Self
John Christensen John Christensen ... Self
Alex Cobham Alex Cobham ... Self
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Self
Michael Hudson Michael Hudson ... Self
Eva Joly Eva Joly ... Self
Ronen Palan Ronen Palan ... Self
Andrew Piper Andrew Piper ... Narrator (voice)
Nicholas Shaxson Nicholas Shaxson ... Self
Prem Sikka Prem Sikka ... Self
Susan Steed Susan Steed ... Self
Stuart Syvret Stuart Syvret ... Self
Attiya Waris Attiya Waris ... Self
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The Spider's Web: Britain's Second Empire, is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of offshore secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it behind obscure financial structures in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth may be hidden in British offshore jurisdictions and Britain and its offshore jurisdictions are the largest global players in the world of international finance. How did this come about, and what impact does it have on the world today? This is what the Spider's Web sets out to investigate. With contributions from leading experts, academics, former insiders and campaigners for social justice, the use of stylized b-roll and archive footage, the Spider's Web reveals how in the world of international finance, corruption and secrecy have prevailed over regulation and ...

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A Conspiracy to Defraud the Country
4 March 2018 | by taboneSee all my reviews

I've just watched this documentary on the Freeview channel 'Together'. It's a fascinating, compelling and well-made film about how the City of London increased its influence through the use of tax havens after the break up of the British Empire.

The documentary is extremely informative and eye-opening, but be warned, it can also leave you feeling angry and disillusioned about how successive governments, politicians, and the Establishment have combined to legally defraud the tax payer.

Sadly, nothing seems to change, probably because the same people who could actually do something are the very people who are enriching themselves through these tax havens. I really enjoyed this well-made film and I recommend it to anyone who has an interest in current affairs.


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