Hamilton to migrate to Switzerland

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes, Interlagos, 2007 | DaimlerLewis Hamilton has announced he’s moving to Switzerland which didn’t interest me very much until I realised the irony of the decision.

Plenty of people have pointed out that although Hamilton has said he needs to get away from the public pressure (which is understandable) he could just as easily do that in place which aren’t also tax havens. But that’s not what piqued my curiosity.

Switzerland has only recently re-affirmed its ban on motor racing, which has stood since the Le Mans disaster of 1955. It briefly looked as though the law might be changed, which might have put existing F1 residents Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen at risk of having to pay income tax.

And the country has also recently concluded a very bitterly fought election campaign in which the far right party were widely criticised for aggressively campaigning against non-white immigration. They even ran a series of posters showing several white sheep kicking a black sheep out of the country.

It seems to me like the arrival of a rich, high-profile, mixed race celebrity is the perfect ironic antidote to flagrant racism such as that.

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