Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Guardian Attacks the Tax Status of the Guardian

While mentioning his race-baiting, tax avoidance and warning that if he wins he will be on “probation”, the Guardian has held its snooty nose and endorsed Ken. In an attempt to give some lukewarm covering fire today they claim that Boris has been using campaign office space donated by Lycamobile who have not paid corporation tax – a brave line of attack given Ken’s voodoo accounting.  Lycamobile did not pay tax because they haven’t made any profits yet. HRMC don’t tax companies on their losses. Which is lucky for the Guardian…

Guardian News & Media, which publishes the Guardian, doesn’t pay tax because it makes a loss every year. GNM is subsidised by its investment funds and its joint-ownership of AutoTrader. The joint-ownership is with, of course, a private equity firm. Some may consider the Guardian, on this basis, to be appalling hypocrites…

Another Day, Another Labour Peer Raging at Ken

First Sugar, then Winston and now Lord Desai:

“London is changing so fast that I wish the Labour Party had found a better candidate… London does need a dynamic, innovative Mayor — there is no doubt about that. Ken just does not have it. It’s a lack of new ideas. When I see him talking, he is still talking about what he did before. He’s still living in the past.”

Labour MPs are silent about Ken today, in fact the only person cheer-leading seems to be George Galloway. Not long now…

Silence of the Pink ‘Un III

Once is chance, twice coincidence, but three times just looks like poor form from the FT’s Education Correspondent Chris Cook. Once again a story that is awkward for his proprietor – Pearson “the world’s leading learning company”- has failed to make the pages of the pink ‘un. After years of denials, Ofqual have finally ruled that exams are getting easier – a pretty big story it seems:

  • Sun: GCSE is too easy
  • Independent: Exams are easier now, report finds
  • Mirrror: Exams now easier than 10 years ago
  • Telegraph: Exam system ‘undermined after decade of dumbing down’
  • Mail: The proof that exams really have got easier
  • Guardian: A-level exams have become easier, says regulator
  • Times: A-levels have got easier, says exam chief

And nothing in the FT. Surely that pious and righteous bastion of journalistic integrity would not suppress the truth because of its commercial interests?

Jews For Boris

It looks like Ken’s “Beacon of Islam” comments and “divide and rule” strategy has worked wonders for him:

You don’t see Dave stopped in the street and presented with £300 handmade Oliver Sweeney leather loafers? Boris is a shoe in…

Vid via the CFI and Raheem Kassam 

Confessions of a Former Crony

On the morning that the Sun, Times, Telegraph and City AM come out for Boris, the Mirror have backed Ken, again. The best piece doing the rounds is the confessions of a former crony – Dan Hodges – who gives readers of the Telegraph a glimpse into Ken’s leadership style, having worked for him spinning at TFL:

“We’d received yet another call about a foreign embassy not paying its parking fines. This time it was Russia. We were working up our usual nonsense about what a disgrace it was when a senior Ken aide rang to ask: “What are you saying about the Russians?” I duly explained. “No. Attack the Americans.” “What?” “Attack the Americans.” “But we’re not being asked about the Americans.” “I don’t care. We always attack the Americans. They owe loads as well. Attack them. Nothing about the Russians. This desire for control bordered on the pathological.”

In other news Team Ken are refusing to even discuss tax or that promise to release his earnings. The end is nigh…

UPDATE: Bookies Paddy Power have started paying out on a Boris win.


Seen Elsewhere

Harriet Harman Offers Less Than the Living Wage | Owen Bennett
Fallon’s Red Arrow Spin Unravels | Wings Over Scotland
What is the LibDems’ Problem With “The Jews” | Speccie
Image is the Least of Ed’s Worries | Speccie
The Most Politically Cynical Speech I Have Ever Seen | Dan Hodges
Full Sunday Sport Style Guide Email | MediaGuido
What if a Hamas Rocket Hit a BA Plane? | Richard Littlejohn
Sunday Sport Swearing Style Guide | Popbitch
Tory MP’s Love of Astrology | BBC
No.10 Shouldn’t Get Excited at Growth Figures | Mark Wallace
Feminist Lobby Killing Meritocracy | Kathy Gyngell


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



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