He will bring a bit of fun back into dreary European politics and push Italy in the right direction. He sometimes, like Boris, plays the fool, but he is one smart operator. All the now unemployed Italian Greens and Socialists should be a warning to Ken…
Changing the subject, his press team told Guido a few weeks ago they would be publishing his expenses about now. Now Hannah in his office says they didn’t tell Guido that, and they will be publishing his expenses in “a few weeks”. Just as well, because Clegg himself warned us nearly a month ago that “Any delay will only add to the British public’s distrust in their politicians.”
According to London’s City A.M. business paper, the £5 billion Shire Pharmaceuticals is going tore-domicile to Ireland. The company will re-register in Jersey and re-domicile in low tax Ireland, joining a growing number of firms who have relocated away from Britain for tax reasons. Insurance brokers Hiscox and Amlin went to Bermuda. Technology groups Electronic Arts and Yahoo! are off to Switzerland. The truth is the UK’s excessive tax burden is driving high value and high tech businesses out of the country.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance’s Matthew Elliott puts it succintly “This disastrous news confirms that Britain’s competitiveness has suffered a series of blows from misguided tax hikes.” Gordon is destroying the ability of the UK to compete globally.
UPDATE : Shire officially confirms story to the London Stock Exchange.
UPDATE II : Don’t know how the Guardian will be reporting this, but they have re-located their property arm to the Caymans to avoid tax.
6.3 Official facilities and resources may not be used for the dissemination of material which is essentially party political.
8.4 Ministers must only use official machinery for distributing texts of speeches relating to Government business. Speeches made in a party political context must be distributed through the Party machinery.
Linking to the front page of the Labour Party website seems to Guido to clearly breach the rules.
The Cabinet Office issued specific guidance on 20 March 2008:
“Elections to Local Authorities in England and Wales and to the Greater London Authority – Guidance on Conduct for Civil Servants in UK Government Departments”
Under the heading “Communication Activities” it states…
“It is also important to take care with official websites which will be scrutinised closely by the news media and the political parties during election periods.”