April 16th, 2012

Exclusive: Paddick Did Not Disclose £387,239 Met Pay-Off
‘Ello ‘Ello ‘Ello, Paddick Hides Evidence of Tax-Free Lump-Sum

While most of the focus has been on Ken and his lack of transparency recently, Guido did wonder why the LibDem candidate Brian Paddick only released the last three years of his financials, unlike the four years from the others. Guido has worked out why…

In the missing fourth back year (2007/8) Brian Paddick received a large lump sum as part of his leaving package from the Met. Whilst the debate about public sector pensions can be saved for another day and Guido can’t have a go at Paddick for accepting what was rightfully his, however absurdly generous it was, it was a little rum to deliberately try to hide the evidence. Guido and his bean counting co-conspirators have worked out that this pay off would have been just shy of £400,000. Tax free…

His campaign initially refused to comment on the figures. However we know that Brian Paddick earned £125,667 as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of the Met and he is on the 1987 Police Pension Scheme. His healthy pension is two thirds of his final salary (£83,778). The key figure is how much he commuted from an annual income into a lump sum and what commutation factor was applied…

Paddick retired at age 49 years and 1 month, so his commutation factor is 19. (Whilst the commutation factors are said to be from 1 October 2007, these were later backdated to 1 December 2006 following a judicial review.) From the figures that Paddick did release, we know that he receives an annual income from his pension of £63,397. Therefore he commuted the following amount (in terms of annual income forfeited) £83,778 – £63,397 = £20,381. So multiply that £20,381 by 19 and we get £387,239. And in a perk of the job this is tax free...

Guido suspects that in 2007/8 Paddick’s effective rate of income tax was even less than Livingstone’s 14.5%. In response to this figure a spokesman for Brian Paddick said: “All Mayoral candidates agreed to publish their tax details from the last Mayoral election in 2008. Brian has fulfilled this commitment, unlike certain other candidates.” The agreement was four years if we are going to be picky…


203 Comments

  1. 1
    Kolo Toure says:

    should have took diet pills.

    Oink Oink!

  2. 2
    Raving Loon says:

    Not so much of an issue really. It doesn’t matter to me what payout he gets, and what tax he pays, as long as he doesn’t get on his high horse about high pay or tax avoidance.

  3. 3
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Looks like a member of the Argentinian Junta.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Fucking daylight robbery!

  5. 5
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Typical LYING MISLEADING Bastard.

    The public deserves better than these self serving tvvats

  6. 6
    50 Calibre says:

    He must have a bobby’s job…

  7. 7
    Owen Jones who shouts like a girl says:

    I used to jerk off like a demented badger thinking of brian in his butless chaps

  8. 8
    Brian Padprick says:

    It’s a fair cop guv, I’ll come cleanly.

  9. 9
    Fed up Taxpayer says:

    And they say that the private sector is full of fat cats !!!!!

  10. 10
    gildedtumbril says:

    So, he’s one of those as well as being one of those. Robbing bastards.

  11. 11
    FairBobby says:

    No wonder we cannot afford constables on the beat!

  12. 12
    maggie the dog says:

    Give’s a new meaning to the word bent

  13. 13
    Social Pundit says:

    Usual double dealing and the payouts are truly ridiculous as are his attempts to hide them. London Mayor? Where is Dick Whittington when you need him – only his venal cat is still here.
    On the PM programme this evening we heard the latest BBC graduates from the Gestapo / NKVD School of Journalism who “violently intorrogated” one woman until she refused to answer his questions, one male who sort of stood up to him, and a Chinese writer who was dismissive of his area of expertise (namely China) and was angry at his arrogants stance.
    Where on earth do they get these Bolshevik activists from and who coaches them?
    BBC complaints should be overloaded on this issue – but do not worry they have erected remarkable barriers to getting through or to being taken seriously.

  14. 14
    Sean says:

    No public pension should be paid to anyone under the state retirement age unless of serious ill health.

  15. 15
    Owen Jones who shouts like a girl says:

    What about Cur Ian blair and his payout? now that should be something to print

  16. 16
    A Liberal Democrat says:

    If the cop’s fair enough, I’ll come messily.

  17. 17
    annette curton says:

    Evening all! £400,000, Dixon of Docked Green, mind how you go.

  18. 18
    ll says:

    Paddick has got fuck all chance so who cares

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    It’s why the effective rate of tax is a worthless figure.

    He wouldn’t have been able to pay tax on this if he tried.
    It’s like having a go at a candidate for not paying a high % of tax when they only earned a few k

    now a % different between possible and actual rate – That might make sense.

  20. 20
    The Grand Master says:

    He’s one of these too. We’ll see that he’s OK.

  21. 21
    Owen Jones who shouts like a girl says:

    Phuck all to do with subject but have got the radio on in the background has the bbc got another container load of irish phuck wits to put on the radio

  22. 22
    Sod em all says:

    So does that mean you will pay my share? I’m sure other’s will want their share paid too.

    It’s very simple. The political class is engaged in whole sale fraud on a massive scale.

    From their pay, their perks to Bernie Maddoff accounting of the government debts.

    You will be ripped off as a result.

  23. 23
    Tooth fairy says:

    It is an non issue to be fair, Paddick released his numbers and even if he did release the fact that he had commuted part of his pension that still doesn’t take away from the fact that it is tax free. How can you then say that it should be taxed thereby implying that Paddick had avoided tax too!!

    If money is available without paying tax on it who in their right mind would not avail themselves of it? Paddick served his country with honour and with a degree of being victimised for being gay too without becoming bitter about it (albeit that he has a beef with NSY’ s senior management).

    Paddick is not a Tax avoider he is just in a party that will not win the Mayor Poll.

    UKIP = 1
    Boris = 2

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    I dunno… if ken has to pull out then I reckon his chances aren’t too bad.

  25. 25
    BREAKING WIND!!! says:

    Argentina nationalizes and takes over oil and gas producer YPF.

    Shares of Argentina’s biggest energy company YPF fell by 18% percent in Wall Street and was edging down by 2.5% percent at the Merval Buenos Aires stock when the market suspended the company’s shares quotation. Stocks plunged after president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner announced today the Government House was sending the Congress a Bill allowing the administration to expropiate 51% of YPF’s actions.

  26. 26
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    He’s a gayer so the BBC and the Guardian won’t be interested in investigating him.

  27. 27
    Tooth fairy says:

    Further Guido is always on about Free Market and people being able to earn as much as they can and are worth. Why pick on an individual who is only complying with the law as far as it applies to a publicly negotiate wage and pensions package. The communtation represents his pension which he has paid for at a very high rate over his entire working live in the Met. It is HIS money and has not been scammed from expenses or dodgy service companies.

  28. 28
    Postal Votes says:

  29. 29
    annette curton says:

    All very well, but what about the corned beef futures?.

  30. 30
    George Osbrowne says:

    Louise!

  31. 31
    nightwatch says:

    Well done. PC Paddick the laughing policeman is only in it for the celebrity spin-offs.

    What a pompous prick.

  32. 32
    Hates Hypocrites says:

    No, he’s a really honourable pillar of society.

  33. 33
    Sir William Waad says:

    To be clear, it is perk of most pension schemes that you can commute up to 25 per cent of them for a tax-free lump sum. The particular perk of being a copper is that you can retire on a full pension at 49 and take a lucrative job in private security.

  34. 34
    Sir William Waad says:

    Badger-bating?

  35. 35
    Owen Jones who shouts like a girl says:

    See 2 planks harman has done a u turn

    http://blogs.news.sky.com/boultonandco/Post:63949781-af93-4464-be60-048fe1e1611b

  36. 36
    The Penguin says:

    Laughing policemen indeed!

  37. 37
    Owen Jones who shouts like a girl says:

    Used to work down there Total had the drilling contact

  38. 38

    Tax is for the little breeders.

  39. 39
    Tony Eden from Eton says:

    It is an honour to be employed by the State to serve your fellow citizen.

    It is not a gravy train for life.

    A lot of people would be only to happy to work for the State at present.

    What I would like to see is no contracts for life in the State Sector. if you are appointed to such an office it should be regarded as a privilege. The maximum time you can spend in the State sector should be five years then you can hand over to someone else.

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    Er….so what did he actually do to earn this vast salary, except mince around looking like he’s stepped out of a comic opera and attend shitoads of lectures about diversity and multiculturalism, and how to be nice to gayers (grandma and sucking eggs spring to mind)?

  41. 41
    WVM says:

    Maybe the Arggies need an oil company to drill off the Falklands just to stick two fingers up at us and provoke.

  42. 42
    Guardian says:

    We look after our own.

  43. 43
    ! says:

    excellent point.

  44. 44
    Tooth fairy says:

    He survived a career in an organisation which was led by a man who agreed that the organisation was institutionally racist. A pure political decision that took no account that the vast majority of its staff were no such thing.

    He was promoted through the ranks and paid 11% of his salary into a pension scheme that he as an individual had no control over at all. This does not include the fact that the government raised pension contributions from time to time to cover the wage increases and claw back that very increase.

    Your anonymous comment shows you up to be a bigot.

  45. 45
    libdemtorah says:

    Speak for yourself you sad bastard.

  46. 46
    libdemtorah says:

    It can be paid before retirement age but why should it be tax free?

  47. 47

    In one of Alexi Sayle’s short stories there is an entire village in the ssouth of france populated by “ex public servants from Harringey council who all gave each other hugely generous pensions and enourmous redundancies allowing them to retire at 49, get as far away from Harringey as possible, and spend the next forty years on a better salary, with no work, trying to get the remaining few French village residents to to ban foie gras and pornography.

    The French hadn’t been so oppressed since the war. And in truth, they preferred the free spending Wehrmacht to that miserable, hectoring, scolding brand of communism/socialism and elitism that the fat pensioned ex-clerks, town hall nonentities and ex- neighbourhood watching schemes bought with them.

  48. 48
    the greek disease says:

    With that salary and retiring at 49, are you sure you’ve not got him confused with a Greek policeman?

  49. 49

    Or as a perpetual candidate for mayor of London, who comes 3rd or 4th each time.

    Beats arresting shopkeepers who display cooked meats next to dairy. Or use a regular bin bag instead of the Westminster approved £3.50 a time ones. Or don’t display an appropriate diversity sign during slave trade remembrance week.
    {evil bastards}

  50. 50
    Sean Blake says:

    Very disappointed in this news.

  51. 51
    Tooth fairy says:

    Deserves every penny he has been given. To survive to his pension is no mean feat.

    As Guido says it should be another time to discuss Public Service Pensions, tghe issue here is whether he was avoiding tax or not. I agree with Guido he should have released the figures, but he should also have braved any storm and justified his commutation as LEGAL and no way a tax avoidance scheme. Stop trying to brandish him as a tax avoider… concentrate on crap LIb Dem policies not the man and his LEGAL pension commutation.

  52. 52

    My tax free money is so enriching it’s giving me rubber truncheon.

    evening all!

  53. 53
    Anonymous says:

    He ‘survived’ in an organisation that was politicised by New Labour, and which came packaged with a degree of political correctness that any new age Gauleiter would be proud of. As far as I can see, being gay was the best career move he could have made…….you pansy.

  54. 54
    Sack Cameron - Elect A Tory says:

    I’m sure the LibDems will have a useful bar chart that explains this all away…

    Nothing to see here etc etc…

  55. 55
    Mark Oaten says:

    How on earth did his hand get so messy?

  56. 56
    ukiplocal says:

    Eighty three thousand seven hundred and seventy eight pounds a year. Indexed against inflation for life and it started at age forty nine.

    Has the world gone mad?

    What is the cost of buying such an annuity today in the private sector, if it would anyway BE possible to do so. Can anyone tell us.

    How many other officers are on that sort of pension?

  57. 57
    the greek disease says:

    “Deserves every penny he has been given.”

    In your opinion, and I don’t happen to believe in tooth fairies.

  58. 58
    Daniel says:

    And? As you rightly say he’s entitled to it and the promise was clearly only to release details to the last election. He was basically demoted to a non-job to get him out of the Met anyway after dared to speak honestly to the IPCC about the Jean Charles de Menezes fiasco, after which the Met attempted to brand him a liar.

    Why are you also trying to lump this in with the income tax argument as well? Taking a pension lump sum is a perfectly normal thing to do unlike the sort of stuff Mr Livingstone was up to. But I guess Mr Paddick was doing just a little too well in the debates for your liking, wasn’t he!

  59. 59
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Losing here bar chart.

  60. 60
    Tooth fairy says:

    You think being gay would have made any difference to a complaint investigation? Get real. Breaches of the discipline code were jumped on whatever your sexual orientation or colour.

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    All of the thieving gets, and as somebody’s already said, it’s little wonder we can’t afford many more cuпtstables.

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    it cannot

  63. 63
    Mr Brown says:

    Took you a long time to realise that many public sector pensions are commuted into a tax free lump sum Guiding. It was posted in the comments section days ago. The clue was that his annual pension was frozen. It will though be indexed linked at a certain age with all the intervening years’ indexation added on.

  64. 64
    Tooth fairy says:

    How sad… another fairy has died because someone does not believe.

  65. 65
    Jim says:

    Having finished his working life he has to wait at least seventeen years or more before he recives a state pension.
    He has paid his taxes on earnigs now he has to pay taxes on his pensions. The lump sum is a gamble on how long he has to live.
    If he dies before 67+ the State are in pocket.

  66. 66
    Does Not Compute says:

    But.. he used to be a pig.

    Leopards, spots, etc..?

  67. 67
    Sledge Hammer says:

    Armed Services?

  68. 68
    Tooth fairy says:

    Correct Jim, also if the sum is not invested correctly, and where can that happen at the moment, the sum is likely to be eroded by inflation. As Guido correctly points out he should be buying assets or as Guido terms it in ‘baked beans’.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    I think you meant to type “pillock”, not “pillar” H H.

  70. 70
    Ethel, Purley. says:

    I know one cop who retired through ill health at 49 years and took up with a fat ploddess who retired at the same time for the same reason, after dumping his wife and putting his ex and daughters into virtual poverty, the pigs now go on 3 cruises a year, have hollidays and properties in Spain and elsewhere and live the life of riley with both of them perfectly healthy with no sign of the ailments that ” forced” them to retire early.

    Fucking lying thieving money grubbing bastards.

  71. 71
    Baroness Warsi says:

    Being gay is a capital offence, according to my sky God, to whom I am an obedient sl@ve.

    But as Conservative Chairman, I do of course wish all gayers a long and happy married life.

    But they all still have to die, soon and painfully. God said so.

  72. 72
    Perse O'Nally says:

    And how many of you whining gits have paid, or are paying 11% of your income on your pension…teachers, civil servants?

  73. 73
    Fanny Rat. says:

    The commutation is perfectly legal and perfectly sensible. What Guido is pointing out is that Paddick did not want it to be known by the voting public and resorted to trickery to try and hide it.

  74. 74
    south7eventh says:

    Command Brixton and decriminalise the possession of marijuana in his borough! This policy brought his name to the attention of the general public before his politically correct lifestyle became apparent.

    The cost to the ratepayers of London of his career decisions have never been quantified but it is clear to me they are enormous, far in excess of his tax free lump sum plus massive pension payments for the next thirty years or so.

    Here’s hoping that after 3 May he disappears from public life for good!

  75. 75
    Perse O'Nally says:

    Or awarding yourselves high pensions when others are having theirs cut.

  76. 76
    jeremy thorpe says:

    I wish I could have played Gino that little he cost me a fortune!

  77. 77
    Paddick, Brave Street Warrior or pointless bumbandit? says:

    “To survive to his pension is no mean feat”

    Retroviral dr*ugs are great, aren’t they?

  78. 78
    Tooth fairy says:

    I agree… but he then goes on to imply that the tax rate should have been lower ie that a tax free sum commuted legally from a pension he paid handsomely into should have been taxed. That is just plain wrong. I am no fan of Paddick or the LibDems but Guido should not be trying to suggest Paddick is a Tax avoider when plainly he is not.

    Paddick should have published and defended the legally obtained pension money.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    I can’t even afford “Constables” to hang on the walls of my stately home.

  80. 80
    Geoff, England (not Britain or 'United' KIngdom) says:

    Would there be enough space on the screen for the final amount?

  81. 81
    Joe says:

    A cock sucker in every sense of the word.

  82. 82
    legal crook says:

    30 years work and a 2/3 pension on £120k. All pensions should be private, no public pensions; then that would concentrate the minds of the trade unions.

  83. 83
    The Angel of Dearth says:

    It quite possibly can. There’s at least one Napoleon-era pension scheme that allows contributors to withdraw a lump-sum tax free.

    I know, because I used it.

    There are bound to be others. Just ask a pension consultant.

  84. 84
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    Up the troughing public sector with you green b*stards paying for it. I am hoping to get a bigger payout than his, when I retire as an MP, then a seat in the House of Lords so I can carry on troughing. Boaz.

    http://therantingkingpenguin.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/handycock-rides-gravy-train.html

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    Who funds his campaign Bill Q ? I don’t suppose he uses his own dosh.

  86. 86
    Multi Millionaire Copper says:

    Fag packet calc. 2.5 % interest would require £3,351,120 sat in the bank.

  87. 87
    The Angel of Dearth says:

    Or trying to introduce minimum-pri*ce alcohol, whilst getting legless on taxpayer-subsidised booze.

  88. 88
    Primrose Hill Marxist says:

    If Ken has to pull out I hope he doesn’t get it all over the bedsheets.

  89. 89
    Tooth fairy says:

    Envy… the green eyed monster.

  90. 90
    Sir William Waad says:

    I wish my Holstens were as easy to milk as the taxpayer. And if they went dry I could just quantitavely ease another virtual billion litres.

  91. 91
    Tooth fairy says:

    What and then you get a Gordon Brown as chancellor and he raids said pensions and steals the money you have saved? The problem isn’t people either in the private sector or public sector whose workers have paid into their pensions, rather it is the Nanny state paying out billions to those that have no intention of working to pay for their existence.

  92. 92

    We agreed to publish earnings and tax since the last election, that is:

    2008/09
    2009/10
    2010/11
    2011/12

    There was no point in publishing 2007/08 because Ken Livingstone was mayor during that tax year, paying tax by PAYE, and had not yet set up his private company to avoid paying tax. Ken’s tax avoidance was the whole point of publishing our tax affairs.

    No cover-up just bad journalism.

  93. 93

    We have missed you.

    Did you have a good break away?

  94. 94
    Please throw me out of the force says:

    Kin L, if this gets out we will be invaded by Greeks wanting to be English public servants. It’s got to be worth having your arse roggered for that sort of money.

  95. 95
    hh says:

    crock of shit

  96. 96
    The Angel of Dearth says:

    I put the figures into an online pension calculator (Hargreaves Lansdown) and to get his pension/lump sum (at age *55* – it won’t go lower) requires a pension fund of £2,400,000.

  97. 97
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Whereabouts in Greece do you live, then?

  98. 98
    +1 says:

    Well said.

  99. 99
    The Angel of Dearth says:

    You mis-typed your own name.

  100. 100

    Doing well? He is likely to come fourth.

    We just clicked that the others did four years and he did three. It was suspicious. We go where the evidence takes us… as they say.

  101. 101
    Tooth fairy says:

    He did NOT decriminalise cannabis. He issued instructions that his officers should concentrate their time in preventing and solving more serious crime ie Robbery and Burglary. He took on an area of London that was highly politicised and one where is pubic disorder were to break out because of insensitive policing his career would be over. Hence he survived to gather his pension.

    And who is to say what the cost is of ANY political decision? In fact of the 3 main candidates he is the only one who has had a normal career or job.

  102. 102
    Lard Pressclott - Laughing Policeman in waiting says:

    Gissa job !!

  103. 103
    Sod em all says:

    Lots of people would pay 11% to get that sort of pension.

    Where do I sign up, and what about playing catch up?

  104. 104
    annette curton says:

    I thought the common agricultural policy had been doing that for years, virtual milk (not to mention Greek olive trees).

  105. 105
    jgm2 says:

    Does God die if somebody doesn’t believe in him?

    If so, he’s fucked.

  106. 106
    Civil servant with letter from his GP says:

    It’s my bad back you see. I can’t carry on.

  107. 107
    Tooth fairy says:

    With a name like Sod em All I anticipate you will go far in a very short time. In fact the further the better.

    I suspect that Paddick’s motivation to become Mayor is less to do with the politics of it all, rather it is to do with becoming the Commissioner’s boss. many a time he espouses his Police background as being the best person to oversee the Met Police. I see it as a distinct disadvantage to him, after all who wants a politician interfering in the day to day running of a Police Force? He would be a disaster.

  108. 108
    Lord Ahmed says:

    I’ll add Blair to my bounty list.

  109. 109
    annette curton says:

    Is it eleven days and 21 hours?, time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.

  110. 110
    ... move along please says:

    You end up disappearing up your own fundement.

  111. 111
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Did anyone else see this sick bastard crying at his own propaganda video?

    Just scum

  112. 112
    Nutter on The Bus says:

    you know what?
    about 10 years ago you had these same three fucking dickheads standing for something in london.
    Now 10 years later they are still standing in london for something

    Is this the best fucking london can do???????????

  113. 113
    Tooth fairy says:

    It’s my amputated leg / broken spine / MS / wheelchair existence that stops me doing this particular job….. bad back could be trapped nerves very painful!!

  114. 114
    Nutter on The Bus says:

    take one and raison another

  115. 115
    jgm2 says:

    I seem to recall HMRC recognises certain jobs as having a relatively short career span. eg deep-sea divers, professional footballers/other sportsmen. In those (and other) specific cases I think they can get at their pension pots early.

  116. 116
    jgm2 says:

    It’s amazing how deadly these civil service jobs are. HMRC should be paid danger money if they’re suffering those kind of disfiguring injuries at at work.

  117. 117
    AC1 says:

    The private sector can only make excess profits when the state (and only the state) enables them to monopolise an area. Regulation is mainly used by large rent-seeking corporations to deter competition.

  118. 118
    LibLabCon = In Europe and RULED by Europe says:

    Just had a quick check for my area for May the 6th and there’s no UKIP candidate for me to vote for, not even an independent or B&P one either. So it has to be the English Democrats as I have no other choice. It’s them or the career politicians from the three headed liberal elite Oxbridge monster.

    Hearts in the right place : http://www.voteenglish.org/

  119. 119
    AC1 says:

    Not sure why though. They should do other things until retirement.

  120. 120
    Brian Paddick says:

    Hey Handy perhaps you can join the Mafia with your boys, here is some inspiration. Boaz.

  121. 121
    AC1 says:

    Since they haven’t got the planes anymore and ships to air missiles and anti missile defences are vastly better this would seem unwise.

    Just another failing marxist trying to divert attention from the failing economy.

  122. 122
    Rick Stein. says:

    It’s Holstein.

  123. 123
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    Hello Bryan.

  124. 124
    WVM says:

    Oh yes, I believe that sick bastard is totally insane!
    He was smirking too in full view of everyone the scummy little shit has no shame at all.

  125. 125
    AC1 says:

    Doesn’t sound like Alexi Sayle’s writing.

  126. 126
    legal crook says:

    If all pensions were private it would be instant political suicide for any chancellor to raid pensions.

  127. 127
    Ethel, Purley. says:

    As i said, fucking thieving money grubbing bastards, and as for envy! are you fucking stupid or just a pig yourself?

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    I think we’ve established conclusively that Tooth fairy is either Paddick’s mum or his boy friend. Either way, he/she is an establishment poodle.

  129. 129
    AC1 says:

    Which means his REAL salary including pensions payments was???

    Must be at least 60K per year in pensions contributions.

    So 11% of salary just doesn’t get anywhere near.

  130. 130
    AC1 says:

    Pils.

  131. 131
    Ethel, Purley. says:

    still a money grubbing fucker though, do you really think its fair?

  132. 132
  133. 133
    Sir Aston Martin says:

    Guido, why bother with the blog? All you need is a single web page saying THEY ARE ALL AT IT.

  134. 134
    Cressida says:

    Why do met top cops have Dick in their name?

  135. 135
  136. 136
    Tooth fairy says:

    Just saying it how I see it. As I said envy.

  137. 137
    Bogeyman says:

    More rat-like cunning from Ken Leninslime.

    I noticed on his “Better off with Ken” website that he is trying to take credit for banning the anti-gay bus posters on London buses.

    Amusingly, his press release witters “It is an indication of the weakness of the Tory political leadership in London that we are now moving backwards when it comes to promoting LGBT equality… under a Conservative mayor we now we have actually anti-gay ads being booked on the buses.”

    The release is dated 12 March, the same day that Boris called for the ads to be withdrawn, which he did within two hours of seeing the proofs (according to the Grauniad no less).

    Poor Ken. A desperate man. And a total shit.

  138. 138
    The Politics of Envy says:

    Ethel, Your evident envy makes you an ideal socialist. Please feel free to explore other more suitable left leaning blogs.

  139. 139
    Tooth fairy says:

    establishment poodle….Hahahahahaha

    I have no love for Paddick… in any sense of the word. Just trying to correct Guido’s blog … Paddick was entitled to his tax free lump sum…. he did not avoid tax…… he was wrong in not declaring it and defending it as lawful and above board. Where Paddick was wrong was in trying to conceal it…. it was an embarrassment for him but not illegal.

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    Tooth fairy says:

    shit is it that obvious!!!!

  141. 141
    Christine Bleakley Superstar says:

    what about frank?
    My Frankie could do a lot better that these guys
    my Frankie is loverly
    frankie frankie lampHARD

  142. 142
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Criminal scum

  143. 143
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    Amelia Hill at the Guardian likes Met Dick I hear.

  144. 144
    Drop a daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The English Democrats are the ones I’d vote for, the problem with UKIP is they’re still Unionists at heart.

  145. 145

    Eurodisney. Was alright.
    You get a bit moused out after a few days.

    Young BQ zapped Zurg and saw Lightening McQueen. So he was delighted.

    What did I miss? Has Ken dropped out yet?

  146. 146

    He’s an unrepentant had left commie. But a very funny author.

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    X S says:

    All this proves, is that public sector pensions are out of control. And a wrong in in the public sector can not be fired without giving them a ridiculously high pension.

  148. 148
    Just asking says:

    What about Alistair Campbell?

  149. 149
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Excellent. Nice to know that my pension fund was raided and wrecked so that these huge and hugely advantageous inflation-proof public sector pensions can be paid for people who will retire 10 years younger than I will – if I can retire at all.

  150. 150
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    High horse? He gets a selection of those retired police horses in different heights as well? For fuck’s sake…

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    Hard left rather.

  152. 152

    The Liberals give him £400 and an oyster card.

    He actually does a very good job with that tiny % of the two real parties budgets.

  153. 153
    Baron Hogwash says:

    He leads a very liberal !

    £400k – no wonder the bloody country is broke, every numpty earning eye watering sums of money or being paid not to do a job anymore.

  154. 154
    Popcorn, Popcorn, Get Your Popcorn Here says:

    The UK public sector pay and pension structure is a massive slow motion fraud being perpetrated on the taxpayers

  155. 155
    Dishwasher says:

    Also, quite instructive. Very good on ‘useful idiots’.

  156. 156
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Say he left school at 18, and retires at 49, and lives to the average age of about 81. That’s a 31 year career, giving a 32-year inflation-indexed pension.

    The public sector is taking the piss, and they can’t grasp that no matter how good their pension terms are, we have just about reached the point where it simply cannot be paid. There simply isn’t enough money in the economy, too few taxpayers in productive, profitable businesses generating actual wealth.

    Can. Not. Be. Paid.

    When do you think the penny will drop?

  157. 157
    AC1 says:

    Which is why I will avoid his writing. Former commies yes , repentant commies yes.

    Unrepentant of the most destructive force in the last century? Unforgivable.

  158. 158
    Ivor Tapeworm says:

    Penis envy?

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    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    …………and Repsol of Spain had a big holding in the stolen company I understand.
    Sort of conquistadors in reverse!

  160. 160
    I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

    …………………..plus all the back pocket money they can trouser.

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    Met DC says:

    If it makes any difference to anyone, then pension scheme was revised in 2004 for police officers. This is the New Police Pension Scheme, and not the one that Paddick was on; I’m on the NPPS myself.

    In short, the pension has been altered in the following ways:

    1) Full pension granted at 35yrs service – not 30 anymore

    2) Pension to be taken at 1/2 final salary – not 2/3rds final

    3) Commutation is automatic – not optional – valued at 4x value of pension

    4) Contribution rate is at 9.5%, not 11% – but due to be raised by 3.5% under Winsor 2 review

    The net effect of this is that any lump sum paid out (assuming a full contribution of 35 yrs) is basically twice the final salary of the officer. Were Paddick retiring today, he would receive a lump sum of around £250,000. However, he was one of the most senior officers in the MPS. For the average PC retiring, the lump sum is around £80,000, with a monthly pension of £1400.

  162. 162
    Some Geezer wot says anyone who avoids tax can't be ALL bad says:

    The thing that kills me in all of this is that Mr. Paddick would seem to be less embarrassed about talking about his gayness than about his perfectly-legal dealings in terms of the tax-free money, as if that were a subject best kept “in the closet,” as it were. You can scream and shout all day long about how there ought not be such sorts of sweetheart deals for public-sector employees, and you can get just as loud about how tax avoidance, though lawful, just “isn’t cricket,” but failing to take what’s “yours” when it’s on offer, and failing to stiff the State on tax money, in the name of some idealised “kinder, gentler” “perfect world,” is a mug’s game; grow up and get real. Guido knows that Paddick looks to be trying to have it both ways, taking the dosh, and yet seeming to have “buyer’s remorse” about it, by hiding the fact, but the explanation is that Paddick just can’t come up with some “Yeah–so? Kiss my arse!” stones.

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    Tooth fairy says:

    Thanks for updating this. Do any officers opt out at all to a private pension scheme? What would the new rate of 13% deduction look like on retirement?

  164. 164
    Queenie says:

    Ken is sooo last year. The correct expression is LGBTQ.

    There’s nowt so Q as folks.

  165. 165
    Cop the Copper says:

    Thanks for that. But i am sure you will recognise that you are on the best public sector pension scheme in the land. I’m on it too but a few years’ inflation destroys its worth, commute to the max and use the cash wisely (buy baked beans).

  166. 166
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    Some say Brian Paddick shags women and they call him Stigg.

  167. 167
    Met DC says:

    I knew a few older joiners who opted out of the scheme, because it can be quite slow to accumulate any value. Each year is worth 1/70th now as opposed to 1/60th for the the first 20 years and 2/60ths for the final 10 under the old scheme.

    I don’t know how an overall contribution rate of 13% would look on retirement. I just know that at the moment, on my lowly DC’s salary, I pay about £300 per month into my pension. A 13% contribution rate would up that to just over £400. I’m not an actuary, though, so my maths might be quite wrong.

    Assuming that my maths is somewhat in the right area, that’s an extra £1200 (roughly) per year to pay into. Add a typical 30-years service to that, and you have a figure of something like an extra £36,000 to pay in. Also assuming a constant same-rank service, it means that a police officer (PC) will pay in just under £150,000 to their pension scheme. There are too many variables to give a definitive answer, but it’s a rough guide.

  168. 168
    Met DC says:

    I’m also on the most expensive public sector pension scheme in the land, without the extra contribution hike of Winsor 2.

    Inflation shouldn’t matter so much, since the pension is index-linked. In any case, I’m on the new scheme, so have to take a lump sum anyway. If you’re retired, you’re on the 1987 scheme :)

  169. 169
    FUELED says:

    I don’t think many are begrudging your pension. It is the out of proportion pensions that senior public servants recieve, especially when they have failed in their job.

  170. 170
    Police Constable George Dixon says:

    “Good evening all”

  171. 171
    Sod em all says:

    Two MPs are in the lunch queue and discussing what meal they are going to have:

    “I’m going all out today,” says the first one, “a 5 course lunch with a couple of bottles of wine – it costs £250 but it’s OK because I can claim it on expenses and the taxpayers will get stuck with the bill! Will you be having the same?”

    The second MP laughs and says, “No, just a fruit salad for me today,” as he reaches for a tub of fruit.

    The first MP is baffled and exclaims, “But you can have as much as you like and you don’t have to pay a penny! Just put it on your credit card and submit your receipt with the expense claim and you’ll be reimbursed in full!”

    “Ah, you misunderstand me,” replies the second one. “I’m going to itemise my fruit salad as 3 apples and 2 blackberries,” he continues, reaching into a Carphone Warehouse bag for the receipts….

  172. 172
    Novice says:

    Bloody hell. Just spent a few hours using Dolphin Web browser on my new Android phone, never knew its existance before but must say it is the DBs.

  173. 173
    Tachybaptus says:

    Now kindly pass this advertisement on to 10 friends. If you do not, the ancient curse of the Pharaohs will be on you.

  174. 174
    Simon says:

    none of the links on this article work – which does somewhat undermine any of the allegations you are trying to make

  175. 175
    DI Jack Regan says:

    Bugger off, you old fart, I haven’t had my Buckfast yet.

  176. 176
    Archbishop of Canterbury says:

    Many a true word spoken in jest. Jahbulon.

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    not a machine says:

    Dont you just yearn for the days when , there was such a thing as handfull of top civil servants , and everyone under them was on more normal wages and pay deals .well done Labour in making it what it has become today !……. Gravy service . best not mention EU variants only makes me snap my pencil .

    Argentina to nationalise oil co owned by spainish co , just when bonds are hitting 6% again , mmm nice coperative gov they have , except that in theory rest of EU will be upset , still makes a nice change to it being the UK .

    The pm explained his chairity position quite well , journos may have been keen to have a go at how do you do that then question , but then some unusual ideas about taxation have been around for a while , in this strange new economy of intangible assetts and values . If Winston had been economist “never before in the field of stock market trades has so much been owed by so many to so few who made bubbles in microprocessors ”
    Tories used to define econmics , as free but necessariyly moral system , the coalition seems to think its just money in circualtion , labour seem to think “you know shit happens” . I would gladly wager Both eds would have the same answer fro a debt crisis as being hit by a piece of alien space junk
    ” wow , really what was that ”

    The wigwham was the policy office then ………… alas no more .

    With a couple of weeks before elections , the various leaders are readying the troops :) and searching for the slogan
    Lib dem HQ .. “you may not like us as we are here for the good times”
    Conservative HQ ” you may not like us but we are trying to make the good times ”
    Lab HQ ” quick look over there , run for it “

  178. 178
    not a machine says:

    Flipper agrees , dont you flipper “ack ack erewuu ack ack ” (tosses beachball into basket hoop).

    I have been trying to think up a new name for tech company anyone think “Fondel” will work …..

  179. 179
    Anonymous says:

    Bloody hell. Someone who understands reason and logic. You’re clearly far too sensible to be on this site. Move along now, move along.

  180. 180
    Backwoodsman says:

    Officer, officer, think you will find most posters here believe that a l;ittle slight of hand is the accepted norm for anyone our host is writing about.
    The revelation of the sheer scale of the public sector pensions being quietly divied out, is what offends.

  181. 181
    flodder says:

    it does not undermine the allegations, it makes it difficult for you to understand them.

  182. 182
    Billions of Idea for Free in the Dictionary says:

    I prefer Grope

  183. 183
    Big Verne Has Done His Time says:

    I don’t care who he shags, I am not going to vote for a copper

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  185. 185
    farmergiles says:

    The Brittas Empire

  186. 186
    Sir Trumpton Oldtwat says:

    Do these dreadful Labour women ever do anything for normal white males?

  187. 187
    Spartacus says:

    it wont go below 55 as the government about two years ago passed a law to prevent you from taking your own private pension money before that age.

  188. 188
    Joss Taskin says:

    Why hasn’t Incapable Vince leaked this LibDem idea ?

  189. 189
    jgm2 says:

    Let’s suppose I work for 30 years and pay 11% of my salary into a pension scheme. Let’s keep things simple and assume no pay rises and no inflation.

    After 30 years I will have 0.11 x 30 = 3.3 years salary.

    Yet magically, in the public sector, this 3.3 years salary produces 2/3 final salary in perpetuity.

    11% may sound like an awful lot but when you strip out inflation you begin to see how utterly unsustainable it is. When you then consider that PC Paddick on day one was contributing 11% of (say) 20K but, on retirement, Chief Constable Paddick is claiming 66% of (say) 200K it becomes even more fucking insane.

    Worse, assuming a linear salary increase over 30 years, Paddick has really only contributed 50% of 3.3 times his final salary. Enough for roughly two years retirement on 2/3 final pay.

    Now inflation and investment returns will muddy the waters a bit (although they’ll tend to counteract each other) but essentially that is how unsustainable public sector pensions are. Even paying in 11% of salary per year.

  190. 190
    Bunga Bunga says:

    Berlusconi had strippers dressed as nuns pole dancing.

    Come on, that guy knows how to party!

  191. 191
    MB. says:

    How did he get a full two thirds pension if he retired early, he presumably bought “additional years” (tax free also I think) but I thought there was a limit on how much could be added.

  192. 192
    Anonymous says:

    Fuck off you wank stain

  193. 193
    Anonymous says:

    “Whilst the debate about public sector pensions can be saved for another day and Guido can’t have a go at Paddick for accepting what was rightfully his,”

    Tooth fairie’s premise that Guido was, “having a go at Paddick for accepting what was rightfully his,” is blown out of the water.

  194. 194
    A Plonker Posing as PM says:

    I say chaps!! – this pole thingy – does it mean we’re doing well? – watt?

    Dashed good wind this morning for the cash cows – watt?

    Next we can up the charge the common people pay for water ! – watt? – all part of the Green scam! – watt?

  195. 195
    Gordon Brown says:

    My new nurse started today. I don’t like her, she’s scary.

  196. 196
    Maximus says:

    Very fine piece of satire by Emily Sandblade.

    Echoes my thought that if ever the Mafia went in to politics, they could do no worse than book a 95 minute slot on TV, show Ladri di biciclette in full, followed by 2 minutes from The Godfather of the characters partying.

  197. 197
    Anonymous says:

    Very good comment nom, I enjoyed it.

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Erm Bill, the ones that didn’t go there are in Dorset. Its been several years since a local has had a sniff at buying a house in the Bride Valley. Its all retired civil servants, with their limp dim posters and complaints about cow shit on the lanes and the lack of French art films at the village hall cinema nights !

  199. 199
    OnTablets says:

    actually, just bad politics by you.

  200. 200
    Haribo Halfwit says:

    The bubble in which they live is a quite remarkable thing; they can see only themselves upon its perfectly reflecting surface.

    All their thoughts and voices mingle into a single echoing refrain: ME! ME! ME!

  201. 201
    Haribo Halfwit says:

    If you’re serious, ‘Findel’ has on-message Greenwash potential for your Silicon Roundabout startup. Nice to see a shorter post from you, as well as one which passes the Turing test!

  202. 202
    Haribo Halfwit says:

    Mostly, by taking steps to avoid their company as far as is practicable.

  203. 203
    Plato says:

    Oh Poo,
    Now they are going to look at UKIP tax affairs.

    That is not going to look too pretty!


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