Flashback : Has Tony Gone Offshore?

Back in September Guido asked:

When was the last time you saw Tony Blair in the UK? Billionaire’s yachts in the Med, sure, US TV chat shows, sure. Six-figure speaking engagements in the Far East, of course. “Peacemaking” in the Middle East, allegedly. Is he seen in the UK? No, not much.

Guido’s theory is that he is keeping under the 90 day residency limit for non-residence for tax purposes. Didn’t Cherie mention that the kids all have Irish passports?

Well not much has changed, apart from his appearance at the Chilcot Inquiry when was the last time anyone saw Blair in London? Seems like a fair question today.

To Those About To Be Jobless…

Capita Learning & Development are holding a day long session on interview skills for all those Labour MP’s staff who will soon be jobless.  Despite not being held until 22 March Guido is told it is already booked up.

Course Objectives

  • Identify your strengths and development areas before you enter the interview.
  • Know how to write a CV and covering letter that has the X factor.
  • Be able to sell and present yourself with ease and impact.
  • Have a business visual makeover at the end of the course.

This is not going to be easy…

Official : The Market Hates Labour

Today has been a rather heavy day for evidence based blogging, but one more graph:

Every time Labour show a whiff of recovery the pound crashes.

Quote of the Day

“A weak currency arises from a weak economy which in turn is the result of a weak Government.”

– Gordon Brown

Mrs Bercow Out on the Streets

Sally “the alley” Bercow, the loose-lipped spouse of the Speaker, lives at the taxpayer’s expense in the Palace of Westminster and far from their Monday Club days she now spends her days pursuing her new found anti-Tory agenda. Eyebrows were justifiably raised when she declared she wanted to run for Westminster Council as a Labour candidate.

Piggy backing on her husband’s neutral role she has ingratiated herself with the upper echelons of the Labour Party. Like the pocket lining of past Speaker’s wives, Sally is using her husband’s status for her own political gain. It seems common sense has prevailed and Mrs Bercow will have to move out of the Speaker’s residence for the duration of the campaign if she does run. A good start, but what about the obvious abuse of public property the rest of the time?

Billionaire Expense Claims Compared

More evidence based blogging to discover how much do the respective Tory and Labour non-dom peers claim off the taxpayers on an average day on the red benches?

A Guido co-conspirator in the comments points out that between 2001 -2008 Lord Ashcroft attended parliament 285 times at a total cost to the taxpayer of £0.00 in expenses, with an average cost of £0.00.

During the same period Lord Swarj Paul attended parliament 1047 times at a cost to the taxpayer of £281,263 in expenses. The average cost per visit was £268.64 and in 2008/9 this jumped to £405.58 per visit.

While Lord Ashcroft was setting up the extremely successful Crimestoppers organisation, Lord Paul was raiding the pension funds of hardworking British steel workers.

Which one is more patriotic?

Source : here.

Mandy's One to Talk

There is a certain irony in Lord Mandelson discussing who is and is not suitable for a seat in the House of Lords. Does he really want to go down this route? No wonder the Lords Authorities say they can’t investigate. Has anyone suggested Ashcroft has broken the law? Has Ashcroft been involved in dodgy mortgage cover-ups, shady passport deals with donors and made his millions on the gravy train?

Non-Dom Donations Hypocrisy

Labour and the Tories are duking it out over non-dom donations.  So time for some evidence based blogging:

Since 2001 Ashcroft has given £5,160,915 to the Tories and Labour’s troika of of non-dom donors, Mittal, Cohen and Paul have given £6,734,250. Mittal bought a bit of corporate lobbying for his £4 million. Tony Blair lobbied for Mittal’s business interests when he was still Prime Minister…

Source data from the Electoral Commission.

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