October 11th, 2011

Fox and the £100,000 Question

Despite obvious security flaws, saucy innuendo and the potential of government work being done off the books, it’s the paper trail that will decide Fox’s fate. Joe Murphy over at the Standard has been crunching the numbers:

“I’ve done an analysis based on British Airways fares to the various destinations, which included Dubai five times, plus Hong Kong Washington and Singapore twice each.  Exact costs are impossible to determine because fares vary according to demand so I’m basing this on return flights taken this week. Flying in BA’s cheapest economy seats, the 18 trips would cost £25,000 in tickets.  However, if Mr Werritty went business class, his ticket expenses alone would have gone up to £77,146. Now let’s add in two nights stay each trip in a typical £200 a night business hotel, costing another £7,200. That would take the total travel cost to £85,000. But then there are all those dinners at the sort of costly restaurants where one might just bump into a millionaire private equity boss.  With such high subsistence costs, he could easily have spent over £100,000.”

Company House records show that Werritty, who is being interviewed as part of the Cabinet Office/MoD investigation today, has barely made a quarter of that sum through his various consultancy arms. So where did the money come from? Who paid Adam’s way? Until this is answered, this story will not go away…


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  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Fox Has to go!

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      OMG, Please, Not Dolly Again. says:

      Agreed!

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        Follow the Money says:

        I think that you will find that You and I paid for these trips.

        At a time when our fine Men and Women in the armed forces are dying for lack of resources.

        Send them both where they belong.

        This is the tip of the iceberg

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      SpinStripedChancer says:

      Hesitate to suggest this as Mrs PSChancer, an expert in the art of the bleedin obvious, may have got there before me. But might it not be that Querrity’s bills might have been stumped up by those dark forces seeking to influence our esteemed and fun-loving minister? A long shot naturellement!

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    ooo-er says:

    ….to prison…

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  3. 4
    The new way says:

    Pupped a few birds and the benefits paid.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Right, we can call in the EU/UN to moniter free and fair elections (The irony), who the hell do we call when our police/media and politicons are dirty?

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  5. 6
    Dorothy says:

    Sorry to say it by my friend, I fear, is on the way out

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  6. 7
    Gordon Brown says:

    Does he have a fake wife like I do?

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  7. 8
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Like Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Liam’s a man in constant need of an emissions receptacle, compliant or not.

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  8. 9
    P. Mandevilson, the Eminence Greasy says:

    As they say, follow the money. That’s where the poof proof will lie.

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  9. 10
    Chancellor says:

    If payment was made from public funds to cover these expenses, I can only feel more utter dismay at the level of impropriety in government generally and also in Parliament. First of all we had MPs expenses, now we have allegedly a senior minister at one of our oldest and most prestigious ministries bringing in his drinking mates to help run the armed forces. And what about the story that Werritty had a health services consultancy when Fox was at the Ministry of Health? God help us all. Next deeply joyful item for the ordinary citizen will be the reports in November/December on the level of bankers bonuses

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  10. 10
    Senator Bloodn' Gore, says:

    If you actually read the whole article the sum could have been as a much as £32k only Labour Maths makes it £100k and all this from a man who was subject to an early day motion of condemnation led by Red Ken. If Livingstone thinks that you’re a chancer that’s hardly the finest character reference.

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    • 13
      Tuscan Tony says:

      Even if that were true it would suggest he spent his entire income and then £ 7k on top (as it were) on trips with Liam.

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      Anoptimist says:

      It is lazy journalism. It assumes all flights were literally booked at the last minute. I have never paid almost £1400 for a return economy flight anywhere. Not many do.

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    • 39
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      “Labour Maths” = “going business class”.

      if you like i suppose.

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    • 47
      Joss Taskin says:

      ‘Early Day Motion’. I thought that was a 5.00am dump ??

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      Kitchener of Khartoum says:

      Is it not the PRINCIPLE that matters, whatever the hairsplitting about the money? Why start up about Livingstone when the matter at hand is Fox’s behaviour and the rest? Whatever Livingstone may or may not be, he is NOT a Tory Secretary of State for Defence.

      Unfortunately, the military adage that “Attack is the best form of defence” doesn’t apply in this malodorous case, and your offensive will surely fail if you issue dud ammunition like this.

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    Sasha Grey's best bits says:

    I paid for them both and they paid me back, in kind, with oddles of good-stuff.

    Ok?

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  12. 15
    Bled White Taxpayer says:

    My guess is that he’s also an employee of a lobbying firm which would pay for the trips.

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  13. 16
    Tony Bliar is a complete cunt says:

    Could the right honorable gentleman do the honorable thing……Not a fuckin chance…….

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    Anonymous says:

    It wouldn’t surprise me that we find out at the end of all this, that Fox and Werritty are a bit more than just friends. The whole thing is so dodgy that perhaps they secretly wanted this to come out, so that announcing they are lovers won’t be as shocking.

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    dr. sipp says:

    this adam boultons blog will kill off fox
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    The list of exotic travel destinations flown to by Liam Fox and his friend Adam Werritty reads like a glossy holiday brochure.

    Think of the Air Miles!

    Alan Whicker would be envious!

    First, in June last year, Liam and “Air Miles Adam” flew to Singapore for a conference. Nice.

    Then Dubai. Hot!

    Then a controversial one: Tampa in sunny Florida and a “steakhouse” dinner with the US general in charge of the Afghanistan mission. Cosy.

    Well, I don’t suppose we’d expect a US general to be a vegetarian, would we? But Labour MPs are questioning why Adam was there pouring the barbeque sauce.

    Then Bahrain. Then Dubai again.

    Then a trip for Liam to Australia and New Zealand, via Hong Kong. “Adam Werrrity met him in Hong Kong in a private capacity,” says the MoD travel brochure… sorry, dossier!

    After that it was a conference in Israel. “Adam Werritty helped to arrange and attended a dinner with political figures which the Secretary of State and the Britiah Ambassador in Tel Aviv attended,” we’re told. Very nice.

    But then, just a few weeks after the heat of the Middle East, in February this year, they both cooled off on a ski-ing holiday in Switzerland.

    What was that about a slippery slope?

    In Dubai – again! – in March, Werritty was “present in a personal capacity”. But he still found time, we’re told, to introduce Liam “in passing” to the defence company boss Harvey Boulter, of whom we have heard much in recent days.

    After Tampa again in May, it was home via Washington, where “Adam Werrritty was present at political metings and accompanied Liam Fox on private flight back to UK on party donor’s aircraft to attend President Obama State visit”, says the MoD.

    Political meetings? That would be with some of Liam’s Right-wing Neo-con Republican chums, I’d wager.

    And a flight home on a “party donor’s aircraft”, Liam? I wonder who that was? I’m sure it’s all declared by Liam in the Register of Members’ Interests!

    Then that meeting in Dubai – again! – in June which prompted so many questions during Liam’s Commons statement. Oo er…

    “Adam Werritty had had a chance meeting with Boulter before Liam Fox arrived and told Boulter that Fox would be in Dubain that weekend,” says the MoD.

    Well, slap my thigh! How convenient!

    And Sri Lanka and that speech in July of which Liam is so proud. Adam Werritty was “in audience for the public speech as a guest” but not present at official meetings” or an official reception.

    Funny. In his Commons statement Liam said Werritty “helped with the arrangements”.

    And so to a well deserved summer holiday in Spain for our hard-working, globe-trotting Defence Secretary.

    He was, according to MoD dossier, “on leave with family and friends – including Adam Werritty”.

    Poor Liam had to return to the UK, though, when Parliament was recalled after the riots, however, the MoD points out.

    And now, it seems, young Adam has been grounded and may have to cash in his Air Miles…

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  16. 19
    Basil Bog-Brush says:

    That Werritty is a little vixen.

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    Sir Stuart Bells says:

    In my surgery last week many of my constituents voiced their anger over this story, and asked if it was more Tory sleaze.

    We need answers urgently as to whom was funding Mr Werritty, until this is clear my constituents will not be satisfied!

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    • 22
      Lord Kenneth Livingstones says:

      We need to know if our Defence Sec is a corrupt NeoNazi, who wears stockings of an evenin

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      Sir Stuarts friend - no relation - with the pied-a-terre says:

      But France is so much nicer at this time of year

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    The Truth says:

    Only two conclusions can be drawn from the above. Either the taxpayer funded him, or Adam Werrity has a very sore arse.

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    Sludge Pump Political Spinner (for hire) says:

    It is most important that we do not over-react to this situation. It’s yet to be completely understood as to the exact role Mr Werritty had undertaken for Mr Fox. It may be discovered that Mr Werritty’s assistance on the many of Mr Fox’s visits was of fundamental benefit to this country and as such could be expected to be paid for by the tax payers as they’re the premiere beneficiaries of this valuable assistance. I’m certain all will become clear in the not to distance future and Mr Fox will feel vindicated and will probably stand for the position of Leader of the Tory Party as soon as David resigns, to spend more time with his family.

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    tom says:

    This is a flawed article due to: ‘so I’m basing this on return flights taken this week.’

    Airline ticket pricing is such that the more tickets sold the higher the fare will be, so sampling this weeks flights will likely be a grossly exaggerated price.
    In addition there will be advance purchase restrictions, ie. you pay a premium fare to purchase a ticket at short notice. This is especially the case with business/first class fares.

    There’s also the factor of frequent flyer miles and amex membership rewards which may have paid for the flights and really the figures used in this article are very murky.

    Just a quick calculation of more realistic fares brings your £25,000 economy total to well under £10,000 (and that’s not counting any further possible reduction with miles)

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  21. 26
    I don't need no doctor says:

    The money probably came from the same place that Peter Mandleson’s did.
    Why does Mandy always get away scot free?

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      Sludge Pump Political Spinner (for hire) says:

      Just to clear up a point the Scots are not actually free. We English Tax Payers seem to contribute quite a lot of finance north of the Boarder. This is seen by the last and this administration as taxpayers’ money well spent.

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    viva la beast says:

    Who in Gods name would keep bringing his “special chum” (sans woman) on every family holiday?
    Let alone the honeymoon, unles…. Fox i a voyuer who likes to watch werrity ride his wife

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    Big D says:

    Doesnt Fox look shifty .
    Someone should ask his misses why he insists on taking this bloke on holiday with them .
    Do they all share a room .

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  24. 31
    Jabba the Cat says:

    Offshore bank accounts no doubt.

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    Liam you paid my rent says:

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    PrinceTight says:

    I bet Werritty went round to the MOD for full buttsex with Fox, in his office. 40 fuccking times!

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    Josiah Bartlett says:

    This is the real question of course. How does Werrity pay for all these trips?

    Also, if he’s not there in any official capacity, just on holiday with his mate, what does he do all day while Dr Fox is engaged in official business? (How much leisure time is there on these trips?)

    Is Mrs Fox not rather miffed that she never gets to go these holidays with her husnad?

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    • 41
      PrinceTight says:

      We know what Werritty does abroad while Fox is out pressing the flesh with the army, he goes and buys lingerie with Fox’s departmental credit card then puts in on to greet Fox as he comes back. Then he takes it off, and fuccks Fox in the shower. There’s nothing else to do, is there?!. They then watch telly with a few whisky and sodas from the mini bar, then Werritty puts the lingerie back on and then they go at it again.

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  28. 36
    John Profumo says:

    ‘Bosie’ Werritty must be made to account for every penny of his incomings and outgoings, and any moneys which he cannot explain must be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

    The setting up of bogus charities like Atlantic Bridge shows you the cynical and unscrupulous nature of this evil man, and the lengths to which he will go to conceal his activities.

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    werrity sings like pet shop canary says:

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  30. 43
    NBeale says:

    Wasn’t Werrity running Atlantic Bridge. He got a CEO’s remuneration for this an probably expenses.

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  31. 44
    Charity begins at home says:

    I bet he was syphoning the money out of that now defunct Atlantic bridge charity.

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    And so the end is near says:

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    Anonymous says:

    I bet BICOM (Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre) paid for Werritty’s expenses.
    Didn’t Fox apologise for taking Werritty to a meeting with the new Ambassador to Israel?
    The scandal is that Britain is close to the Israeli government.

    Tony

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  34. 54
    sally says:

    DID THEY SHARE ROOMs ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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    Big D says:

    While these two freaks have been playing around with each other my son in law is facing Taliban bullets and landmines everyday on Op Herriott 15 .
    It makes me sick to my stomach.
    Time to go Mr Fox and take your ” friend ” with you .

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    Adam Werritty's Moth in his wallet. says:

    So who paid for this slimey opportunist’s trips? Most likely the taxpayer.

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    Positively dripping at the thought says:

    I fancy that Werrity a lot, chubby little beauty. I don’t care whether he pitches or catches. How can I send him my address and a revealing picture?

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  39. 62
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Great innit getting yer best mate to get his snout in the trough.

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  40. 63
    Dr Liam Fox says:

    Could you please stop this innuendo that i’m a bum boy. I despise them. I fucked Natalie Imbruglia, ffs. And i didn’t just fuck her – I tore her apart ( you know, like a real man who has a hard-on for tanks, bombs and soldiers.)

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  41. 64
    Loosehead says:

    The suggestion that he travelled economy is laughable.

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