March 11th, 2013

Overseas Aid Backers’ Spin King Connection

27 executives put their names to a letter in the FT this morning praising international aid. The names were gathered by Brendan Fox, former SpAd to Gordon Brown and current Save the Children policy director, where he works with Justin Forysth, another ex-Gordon spinner. So do the signatories have anything in common? BP, Pearson, BT, Xstrata and Reckitt Benckiser all signed the letter, all either are or have been clients of top City spinners Brunswick. Brunswick are in turn run by Alan Parker, a friend of Gordon who is also in charge of Save the Children. Surely all just coincidence…


  1. 1
    Casual Observer says:

    Chris Huhne has entered the building.


    • 2
      Bubba the cell mate says:

      And I cant wait to enter him


      • 8
        V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

        A message from all the Swiss banks, thank you so much UK for all the foreign aid which is in our vaults. This is making us and our African clients very rich.


        • 56
          grimer says:

          I still can’t work out why I’m forced to pay tax, so that the Tory Party can give it away to corrupt foreign regimes, with the intention of detoxifying the Tory ‘brand’.


    • 3
      Dave says:

      Foreign Aid makes me feel good.


      • 18
        CarryHole is a silly Hunt says:

        From poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries!

        Close the DFID, 12 Billion in tax cuts, that’s will allow employers to create yet another 1/2 million average wage jobs!


      • 45
        New Balls says:

        Is that your nickname for Samantha?.


  2. 4
    Sir William Wade says:

    Of course big corporations are in favour of overseas aid. It is an important source of corporate welfare for them.


    • 10
      PC Dixon says:



      • 29
        V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

        It is rumoured that Labour will introduce a sewage and water tax when they are next in power. They are also trying to evaluate how to levy a sunshine tax as this is one of the last things not to be taxed. Ruin Mc’Broon is understood to be advising on this.


        • 51
          Taxed to death says:

          A sunshine tax in the UK.. excellent, they’d end up owing us shitloads of money, I reckon there are common purpose arseholes sat in a meeting right now discussing whether it would be feasable to fit us all with meters on our respiratory system so they can tax the fucking oxygen.


          • V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

            They thought of that but decided to tax CO2 instead!


          • Greencorp Pty Limited (Liechtenstein) says:

            We have an excellent new technology to extract sunbeams from cucumbers. It only needs a modest public investment to get it up and running.


          • NE Frontiersman says:

            This is probably the real pay-off of CP membership: ‘I know people who may know people who know people..’

            Councillors for hire who give firms planning advice – Telegraph

            Sorry, the active link did not copy.


    • 17
      Gordon says:

      They pay my way. And Tony’s.


      • 43
        where's the magic money tree? says:

        I noted the new Archbishop of Canterbury and the head of The Childrens Society banging on about welfare cuts this weekend.
        Both from organisations with charitable status that pay no taxes and therefore make absolutely no contribution to our country’s finances.


  3. 5
    Catrina Trimmingham says:

    A LibDem from the town of Eastleigh
    Behaved rather foolish and beastly
    It wasn’t surprising that his wife was uprising
    But an warning not to marry a Greecy


  4. 6
    Dudley Zoo says:

    I think Dudley is a more important to the strategic interests of the UK than India


  5. 7
    Indian Dept of Lunar Call Centres says:

    We are velly glatefull


  6. 9
    Dick says:


    • 12
      Overseas Aid when we can't look after our own? says:


    • 16
      And you would rather give money to India Dave? says:


      • 24
        Casual Observer says:

        You’d get better treatment in !ndian hospital.

        Saw an interview about Obamacare the other day. Interviewer said US was striving for a public health care system like Canada / France has. No mention of the UK / NHS. That is significant.


    • 25
      The Envy of the world Dave? says:


    • 30
      Heros and Angels says:


    • 38
      Andy Bumhum says:

      Move along, nothing to see here.


      • 44
        David Nicholson says:

        Deaths- what deaths?
        Can I claim my expenses now…


        • 63
          A & E Doctor says:

          Patient arrives by ambulance in severe pain. Doctor prescribes morphine. Nurse cannot give morphine as has to complete handover. A & E will be fined if handover not completed within target time. Doctor cannot give morphine to patient as not allowed to prescribe and medicate; has to be a second pair of eyes. Patient writhes in agony for ten minutes until nurse has ticked all the boxes.

          This is happening now in a hospital somewhere in the UK.


  7. 11
    Vince Nasle says:

    You are all cattle and I declare economic jihad on you


  8. 13
    Catrina Trimmingham says:

    Who’s going to munch my rug when Chris is in the clink?


  9. 14
    Culture of Entitlement says:

    me me me me me


  10. 19
    Point of Information says:

    These guys are only worried about international aid as it buys access and helps underwrite certain profits.

    It would be good if someone could do an analysis and figure out for every GBP 1 which is put out in overseas aid, how many GBP 1 is received in tax by the treasury from these corporations.

    Then compare that with money returned on share dividends, and finally as a percentage of GDP what the aid budget returns.

    It probably is worthwhile, however the real benefits are not felt by the UK public directly.

    There is a political problem when you see donor recipient nations building aircraft carriers and space programs, not purchasing from the donor nation, and the donor nation itself is experiencing high unemployment and having to turn to food banks etc.

    Reducing foreign aid budget to account for outsourced jobs perhaps worth considering.


  11. 20
    Mehdi Hinsane says:

    Just think of all those starving Indian Astronauts Guido, you should be ashamed


  12. 22
    Steve Miliband says:

    Common Purpose


  13. 23
    In the slammer says:

    Just under an hour till Huhne and Pryce get sent down to chokey.


  14. 27
    Owen Jones MP says:

    What do we want? A revolution! when do we want it? Err after prep and my Mr Men Yogurt.


  15. 31
    Pryce Watch says:

    Vicky has now entered the building.

    Eyes down for a full house in Southwark.


  16. 33
    Who Want's Some! says:

    If these companies think ‘aid’ is a good idea then they should get their shareholders to fund it directly by reducing their dividends. The trouble with ‘aid’ as with welfare spending in general is that there is no end game. We sign up to an undefined and never articulated objective. The main objective of most large charities from what I’ve seen is to simply stay in business and pay very high salaries to their directors.
    Aid and/or charity in response to a specific need by all means but that is costed, measurable and achievable.


  17. 37
    Casual Observer says:

    This must be an invasion of privacy, well morally anyway:

    Packing bags, with a picture of her purchasing bin liners. Harsh.


  18. 40
    Mobiddly O'bees says:

    How much tax payers ‘aid’ do these charities get?


    • 48
      Anonymous says:

      The heads of these charities earn ridiculous sums.


      • 55
        Mme Tricoteuse says:

        As somebody formerly involved with overseas aid disbursement, may I urge you to please not confuse ‘earn’ with ‘help themselves to’.

        Thank you.


  19. 41
    a non says:

    Unfortunately, Only just 2nd to immigration and associated postal voting, the Socialist 5th column representatives would appear to be the only succesful legacy for the 1997- 2010 government.


  20. 42
    Alan Rusbridger, interrupted pianist says:

    Today I will be mostly playing Hunting Tigers Out In Indiah by Hargreaves, Damerell and Evans.


  21. 47
    charity begins at home says:

    I’m sick of being lectured about poverty and welfare cutbacks by hypocritical lefties who earn a bloody fortune and employ accountants to avoid taxes.


    • 57
      Mme Tricoteuse says:

      PS: If/when 54 actually appears I should be grateful if a co-conspirator would please point out the tripwire word in order to avoid it in future. Many thanks.


  22. 49
    Honest Andy says:

    Zero & zero ‘cos libtards have been getting away with lying and cheating for years.


  23. 50
    John Prescott says:

    “BP, Pearson, BT, Xstrata and Reckitt Benckiser”

    Boycott the lot of them. There are enough petrol stations for example to not need to use BP.


    • 58
      Mme Tricoteuse says:

      BP and BT are obvious ones, but most of us will need a list of things the others produce as they use so many different names for the same items.


  24. 53

    Save the Children…my arse more like Save our Mates!


  25. 59
    Member of the public says:

    Twenty-seven signatories in the letter to the FT asking for taxpayers’ money to carry on being wasted on overseas aid. Umpteen million voters looking to say otherwise at the ballot box at the next general election.


  26. 60
    David Cameron Is A Cunt says:

    I shall be instantly boycotting the companies of all those morons who have signed this nonsense letter.

    Thank you for making plain to me who I don’t want to do business with because fo their raving mad lefty views.


  27. 67
    Timmytour says:

    Isn’t Brunswick just a home for old and failed Gordon Brownosing journalists?


  28. 69
    India says:



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