December 13th, 2012

Why Guido Won’t Be Apologising to Hodge the Dodge

This morning the Telegraph issued a carefully-worded apology to question-dodging Margaret Hodge:

hodge“Contrary to our report “Hodge faces challenge over family firm’s taxes” (Nov 20), Stemcor, in which Ms Hodge has a small shareholding, has not abused transfer pricing to avoid tax. We accept that there is no inconsistency or hypocrisy in Ms Hodge criticising other companies for tax avoidance and apologise to her for any contrary impression.”

Note the very specific assertion that Stemcor did not abuse transfer pricing to avoid tax. Guido never made that claim. The paper’s willingness to describe a million pound plus shareholding as “small” is odd, and crucially there is no mention of Hodge’s use of shares held in trusts. She has still yet to reply to our repeated questions, which followed a very different line to the Telegraph’s accusations and have been sent again to her today. Guido stands by everything we have written.


  1. 1
    Sweeney, The says:

    She is a schmuck of the highest order-order!


  2. 2
    Anonymous says:

    She is not a fit person for any type of office!
    Remember the children in Islingtons care with hodge in charge. I remember one poor guy in particular. Do you remember him margaret? You were very nasty to him?


    • 7
      Never forget, never forgive says:

      In 1985, Demetrious Panton complained about abuse that he had suffered while in Islington council’s care in the 1970s and 1980s. He did not receive an official reply until 1989, in which the council denied responsibility.

      In 1990, Liz Davies, a senior social worker employed by the borough and her manager, David Cofie, raised concerns about sexual abuse of children in Islington Council care. Correspondence between Margaret Hodge and the director of social work indicates that she declined a request for extra resources to investigate.

      In 2003, following Hodge’s appointment as Minister for Children, Demetrious Panton went public with his allegation that he was abused in Islington Council care and had repeatedly raised this issue with no effect. He accused Hodge of being ultimately responsible for the abuse that he suffered. Following a media campaign conducted by several national newspapers calling for her to resign from her new post, she responded to Panton by letter, in which she referred to him as ‘extremely disturbed’.

      Panton then passed the letter to the press which planned to publish it, only to be judicially restrained from doing so at the instruction of Hodge. The letter was eventually published, mainly on the grounds that the blocking of the letter was seen as disproportionate. Hodge was forced to publicly apologise and offered to contribute to a charity of Panton’s choosing as recompense.


  3. 4
    Margaret Hodge says:

    I’m rotten to the Stemcore!


  4. 5
    Lost in Clacton says:

    Perhaps it would be more socially useful for her to give up politics and concentrate on turning her small shareholding into a large one.


    • 49
      Engineer says:

      I suppose it does depend a bit on your interpretation of “tiny, tiny, tiny”. In the Court of Public Opinion, a holding valued in excess of a million pounds, yielding a dividend of around £50,000 in the last tax year, would probably be regarded as fairly substantial; and that’s not counting shares held in trust.


      • 68
        Anonymous says:

        Especially as $200,000 income in the US is considered to be in the millionaire class and is soon to be heavily taxed!, except if you are a movie star like G Clooney.


  5. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Of course you will not get a reply because she is basically a dishonest person.


  6. 8
    god says:

    Hodge typifies the hypocricy of many Labour politicians – inherited wealth galore and “do as I say, not as I do” atitude! Don’t hold your breath for her answers to Guido’s questions!!!!!


  7. 9
    Hodge the Dodge says:

    You’re going to f**king regret that Guido


  8. 10
    Margaret Moran says:

    Maria Millar should do what I did and get a rent-a-shrink to tell a gullible judge she’s depressed.

    Off to the pub now. Ta-ta!

    Disgraced former Labour MP Margaret Moran was spotted enjoying herself at a pub only five days after a judge ruled she was too depressed to stand trial


    • 74
      Thieving Rat says:

      I have a dowdy old hat and coat for sale along with an old pair of glasses. I will not be needing my crazy old hag style props now and would never have worn them at all if I had known just how easy it was to fornicate the judicial system.


    • 82
      iris says:

      me too


  9. 11
    Margaret Moran says:

    Imagine waking up next to me! Wahey!


  10. 12
    nellnewman says:

    Why is it that politics attracts these odious people. Her employment history is littered with controversy and she has been much criticised for years?

    What we need are good, honest, decent, hardworking people for mp’s – but sadly very few of those ever seem to stand for election.


    • 36
      Anonymous says:

      I will stand next time.

      I will not get in, but I might achieve my goal.

      What we need is the real independent party. One that has absolutely NO policies. They exist only to be independent of the main parties and totally dependent on their voters. They uphold the promise of not talking other members unless in a public forum. They must be people that have never been members of any political organization. A clean start policy.


  11. 14
    What Tom Watson told a McDonald's worker when told his Big Mac meal costs £4.19 says:

    “You’re going to fucking regret that!”


  12. 15
    He who no longer posts says:

    Margaret Hodge: the Jimmy Savile of small shareholdings.


  13. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Here’s what you wrote:


    “Note the very specific assertion that Stemcor did not abuse transfer pricing to avoid tax. Guido never made that claim.”

    Unfortunately you published Priti Patel’s letter which says exactly that.

    “a multinational company which trades in the UK and, according to
    Stemcor’s own Annual Report and Accounts, (i) turned over f,2.1bi11ion in the UK but (ii) paid as little as f157,000 in UK corporation tax while (iii) it engages/ no doubt legally, in transfer pricing.”

    Sorry but you’re bang to rights – now apologise.

    I said at the time that the DT, Priti Patel and you knew sod all about the subject and I was right.

    Trying to say argue that UK tax payments were too low by looking at turnover is just dumb.


    • 41
      Margaret Hodge says:

      Ok,I’m worth a few bob but that’s because Like most Labour politicians I put your money where my mouth is.


    • 78
      Tax Hodger Margaret Dodge says:

      I want you to apologise for your last paragraph.

      “Trying to say argue that UK tax payments were too low by looking at turnover is just dumb.”

      You have just called me a moron for my reasons for calling for a boycott of Starbucks on Newsnight. Are you trying to get me sued?


  14. 17
    David Icke says:

    Another Lizard


  15. 19
    Prawn sandwich says:

    Hodge is another version of G Robinson MP. He shagged Madame Joska who owned the Jaguar franchise in Benelux and in return was bequeathed a large sum which he conveniently arranged to have put into Orion Trust Jersey which itself funded Brown et al in opposition.

    Hodge and her family arranged to have a huge block of Stemcor shares put in trust to avoid IHT and reap other fiscal advantages.

    This woman is mouthing off in a Maxwell type manner to silence those who do not have cojones.

    Test the bag in court


    • 32
      Honk your Horn if you agree says:

      Keep away from the Lady Ghislaine, and Hodge if you are into time travel from the year 1991.


  16. 20
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    What is Margaret Hodge afraid of? Why won’t she answer Guido’s questions?
    Is she too good, and above answering questions? Why when she readily questions others over tax affairs?


  17. 21
    Hank the Cat says:

    Keith Vazoline has asked to be informed via a hotline to the samaritnas of all suicides, because he cares.


  18. 22
    Fishy says:

    The Daily Mirror seem to have omitted from this report, the BBCs unquestioning exposure that they gave PIE. Didn’t some Labourite, National Council for Civil Liberties big shits offer them their support?

    It looks like Watson might have launched another unguided Missile al a ‘The Hunt for Red October’


  19. 23
    Bercow's Bird says:

    I’m not giving into fatty perv McAlpine either.


  20. 24
    Biggles says:

    It appears the most accurate measure of a failing newspaper is when it is given away free on aeroplanes…… as is the Financial Times and the Guardian.


  21. 25
    Hank the Cat says:

    Keith Vazoline has asked to be informed via a hotline to the samaritans of all suicides, because he cares.


  22. 26
    I d on't nee d no doctor says:

    I listened for a few minutes to BBC Parliament this morning. Sheerman and Berger were spouting socialist drivel.
    I get the impression, listening to them, that things under labour were great, and there was no food poverty.
    So if things were great, boom and bust gone, where was the reserves of money that could help those desperate for food when the bad times came. Or did labour arrogantly assume that bad times were gone for good?


  23. 28
    ShurdyRover says:

    What is it with women in Liebour Party??? Stink to high heaven, have no honesty, no scruples or integrity?? Harperson et al !! Mind you Tory bibs are no better!


  24. 31
    ShurdyRover says:

    You mean Kendo Nagasaki?


  25. 34
    A casual observer says:

    The Mirror story conveniently omits PIE’s former treasure Hattie Hatemen.


  26. 37
    Sally Bercow says:

    Leave Maggie alone! John & I luv Hodge *loyal friend* She’s totes the best! *grins* U r all just totes jel of her *shakes head* Maggie Hodge is a star *high-5 to my pal* I’m out on the town 2nite to celeb chrimbo *opens legs bends over pile of boxes in alleyway*


  27. 39
    Barry says:

    I had emailedthe lady a while ago, and have just received this response:

    Dear Mr XXXXXXX

    Thank you very much for taking the time to email Mrs Hodge and for your support in cracking down on tax avoidance.

    You will be interested to read this retraction published by The Telegraph today Mrs Hodge and her family company do not avoid tax, therefore she will not bring them before the Public Accounts Committee.

    Best Wishes

    Jess Mullims


  28. 42
    Justine Thornton QC Wife of Millonaire Ed says:

    I will defend Mad Harriet when it all comes out about her dealings with PIE


  29. 50
    Mine d'Boggles says:

    Is Ms Hodge (née Oppenheimer) any relation of the South African diamond gazillionaires? I only ask because I am not rich, but am fascinated by the incredible lives of the people who shafted the Afrikaners back in the old days.


  30. 51
    Taxfodder says:

    A worthy anthem for UK MP’s in general, sadly they don’t sing or look anywhere near as good although they are almost as entertaining….


  31. 53
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Guido, it’s a “small holding,” relative to the entire number of shares outstanding, something like 1 1/4 pct. You and I should have such a small holding, that runs into the millions of quid, and produces a nice dividend thereon, to be sure, but there you are. Conflating one aspect of wealth with another– doesn’t a little snotnose who resembles a young Hugh Laurie do that sort of thing and rightly gets a bollocking for it?


  32. 54
    Gaeneologist says:

    Charles Napier, former PIE treasurer is half brother of John Whittingdale – perhaps the fish Watson is looking for ? Similar to Straw…


  33. 65
    AngryEnglishJon says:

    She’s another pompous bitch who needs taking down a peg or too; however, the big disappointment is the testicle free Telegraph which appears to be morphing into Gruniad Lite. It’s a worry…


    • 76
      Simon Cowells mouthpiece says:

      That’s nothing The Mail has morphed into “Smash Hits” only much camper and with less gravitas !


  34. 81
    alastair harris says:

    don’t think Starbucks abused transfer pricing, and not apparently does HMRC. Is Hodge going to apologise to them?


  35. 84
    keredybretsa says:

    Carry On Hodging.


  36. 86
    Jimmy says:

    It’s almost as if she thinks you’re not worth bothering with.


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