Tuesday, March 5, 2013

WATCH: Huffington Post Release Video on How They Dodge Tax

This video produced by HuffPo “Comedy” last year reveals all on “the perfect tax minimisation scheme”, utilising a “dedicated team of conscience-free accountants who each year loving nurture a crop of elegant tax returns on our behalf”. They would know… what with being based in Luxembourg in order to dodge tax.

H/T @ontablets

Kernel Bows Out

Punchy, bitchy and under the skin of the tech industry, The Kernel is no more. Its gossipy style made almost as many enemies as it won readers; it was certainly fun while it lasted. Writers should have been paid though and the baliffs came knocking. The niche needs filling. Plagiarists, deviants and entrepreneurs will sleep soundly tonight. 

David Ward Confronted: Did You See It? Were You There?

Sounds like David Ward got his just deserts in Parliament earlier:

Did you see it? Were you there?

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Private Eye: Best Before End (of Last Week)

When Guido opened this week’s issue of Private Eye it took until the first article in the first column on the first page for him to find news totally out of date and already covered to death elsewhere. Their story that the judge who ruled in Samsung’s favour against Apple in a dispute last year is, naturally, off to work for Samsung, would have been a great exclusive had it not been reported on tech blog BGR a week ago, and the entire national press the next day.

Move over to the very next column and we have “news” of Peter Rippon’s new job, seen on Guido and everywhere else two weeks ago. Go home Gnome.

Chris Huhne’s Driving Advice at Heart of LibDem Pamphlet

“Is true that Huhne has a chapter in the new Liberal Democrat ‘Green Book’” Guido asked a LibDem source in bewilderment earlier. “No, that would be madness… He has two chapters,” came the reply. And yes it’s true, Huhne has found good use of his spare time to pen two chapters for ‘New Directions for Liberals in Government’ that apparently ‘brings together 27 leading Liberal Democrats and sympathetic experts to propose radical and innovative new directions for the Liberal Democrats.’

One chapter is on, cough, “Driving Growth” and the another on ““reducing emissions from transport”.

Two areas he has a specialist interest in.

With a foreword from Clegg, it seems his party has learnt many lessons from their recent communication disasters. 

‘Mehdi Effect’ Grows: Another HuffPoUK Editor Casualty

Another day and another editor jumps from HuffPoUK as the Mehdi Effect strikes again. After two years in the job, original hire and Culture Editor Sam Parker is off to Buzzfeed to become their new UK Features Editor.

The brain drain continues:

Original reporters: gone.

Pol Ed: gone.

Culture Ed: gone. 

Is he worth it? Mehdi isn’t working…

Hacked Off Run Out of Friends

It’s all gone pear-shaped for the Leveson-loving press freedom bashers over at Hacked Off. Hijacking the Libel Reform Bill with Labour media luvvy Lord Puttnam to force through Brian’s bonkers proposals has gone down pretty badly with some old friends and supporters. Legal blogger and former Hacked Off fan David Allen Green isn’t impressed:

“As Leveson supporter (and witness), am sorely disappointed that Hacked Off are now misusing and frustrating crucial Libel Reform Bill. What right do the Hacked Off campaigners have to misuse and frustrate the essential Libel Reform bill? None at all, whatsoever. I was behind the Hacked Off supporters until they wrongly hijacked the Libel Reform Bill. Just so selfish, misconceived, and illiberal.”

He’s not the only one:

Guido was warning you these people were evil long before it was fashionable. 

Don’t Mention Mid-Staffs

MPs have been deluged with emails from the obviously completely non-partisan “progressives” 38 Degrees over the last few days, opposing Jeremy Hunt’s “privatisation plot”. Tory backbencher Andrew Jones has rooted out the logic behind the campaign:

Dear colleague,

I am sure that, like me, you have received many standard emails via the 38 Degrees website on supposed NHS privatisation.

I thought you may be interested to know that the author of the 38 Degrees independent legal advice is former Labour MP, David Lock QC, who was the MP for Wyre Forest until losing to Dr Richard Taylor, the Independent Kidderminster Hospital and Health Concern candidate. Mr Lock remains active in Labour politics as Chair of the West Midlands Labour Finance and Industry Group.

Regards

Andrew

Andrew Jones MP
Member of Parliament for Harrogate and Knaresborough

As David Nicholson takes a battering at his select committee hearing this morning, it is worth noting the 38 Degrees campaign has absolutely nothing to say about the failings at Mid-Staffs…

David Ward: Four Yellow Cards, No Red

David Ward’s campaign to have the whip removed is in full flow. A particularly exasperated source in LibDem HQ tells Guido that Ward is “more stupid than I had realised”, and that “if David has a problem with what was agreed, he knows how to get in touch with the Whips office. It’s clear he is saying different things in private to what he is saying in public. It’s very disappointing that he seems to be refusing to acknowledge his mistake”.

A party spokesman merely says that yesterday’s comments “will form part of the ongoing process” looking at his conduct. Not like the LibDems to avoid a difficult subject…

Life’s a Beach For Gordon

The Prime Mentalist is gracing us with his presence in the House tomorrow, having secured a debate about cleaning up radiation on a beach in his constituency. Let’s hope he puts in a little more preparation for his speech than he did for the written parliamentary questions he has been asking the Ministry of Defence recently. The replying Ministers politely pointed out that the MoD no longer owns the beach site in question and environmental issues are devolved to the Scottish government and are no longer Westminster’s concern. If he turned up a bit more, he might know these things…


Seen Elsewhere

How to Win a Twitter Argument | Hopi Sen
Sign Petition Calling for Ruffley to Resign | Change.org
People’s PMQs Would Divide Politicians and Public | Dan Hodges
Morgan Hires Gay Rights Campaigner as SpAd | Telegraph
Don’t Underestimate Philip Hammond | Nick Wood
Labour Council Collaborates With Pro-Hamas Group | Breitbart
Qatar Sugar-Daddies of Islamist Financing | Left Foot Forward
Guido’s Column | Sun
Miliband Drawing Attention to His Mistakes is Madness | Lord Bell
Another Renewable Myth Goes Up in Smoke | Matt Ridley
Ed’s Problem is His Policies | Trevor Kavanagh


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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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