April 26th, 2013

Cosy Relationship Hodge the Dodge Ignores

20130426-085348.jpg Some strong words from Margaret Hodge and the Public Accounts Committee as they release their report on tax avoidance today. Apparently the Big 4 accountancy firms have an “unhealthily cosy relationship with government”, saying it creates a “ridiculous conflict of interest”. Readers will know of Hodge’s great expertise in this area, given that she worked for one of them, Pricewaterhouse, before she became an MP. Not to mention that Hodge’s friends on the frontbench such as Chuka, Balls and Rachel Reeves have all had PwC analysts on their payroll. Guido can reveal that Labour’s Shadow Treasury ministers Chris Leslie and Cathy Jamieson also currently have PwC employees working in their offices. For some reason Hodge hasn’t said anything about this, you might say, cosy relationship, but then she has form for keeping quiet about awkward questions…

UPDATE: Hodge comes in at number 15 on the Times’ Politicians Rich List (£) this morning with a mere £18 million fortune largely tied up in the family Stemcor steel trading business. She told  Michael Crick “I am a tiny, tiny, tiny shareholder”, an 8-figure shareholding is hardly what Guido would call “tiny”. Her shareholding is via family trusts which have the advantage that they won’t be subject to inheritance tax. Cunning.


  1. 1
    The Tap says:

    Piece of shit

  2. 2
    Hodge the Dodge says:

    We need to Stem the Cor of this problem

  3. 3
    The Tap says:

    Oh, and first

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    Labour Hypocrites says:

    Do as we say, not as we do

  6. 6
    The Tap says:

    Damn, it was third, my post about been first. Though I was first, with my first post, just forgto to mention it was first and ended up third when I did mention the firstness of my first post.

  7. 7
    The voice of reason says:


    I am an expert on any topic imaginable

  8. 8
    PWC and the other 3 says:

    Fancy a job?

  9. 9

    Did yew knot meen two tipe been fist?

  10. 10
    Starfucks says:

    And we have yet to make a profit in the UK,,, no seriously our bean counter said so on R4 this morning.

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    labourunionsbbc are one under the EU says:

    The fearless ‘reporters’ at the bBBC know nothing of this. Why else would they give her so much room to spout off and not challenge her?

  12. 12
    LabLibCon We've Fucked You Up the Arse says:

    We’re all in it together! You trash will have scab around the dustbins or as we like to call the ‘new agents of local wealth’ enjoy!

  13. 13
    Hodge the Dodge says:

    You need nerves of steel in this job. Oh and shares in steel as well

  14. 14
    Bad un Watch says:

    She’s a bad un.

  15. 15

    How does your growth manage vastly to exceed that of China’s, Diane?

  16. 16
    Ed Balls says:

    Tax is for the little people, just like capital gains tax on property.

    ps – Ed Balls

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    Bazinga! says:

    The BBC has admitted paying more than 6,000 freelance workers who register themselves as “personal service companies”, meaning they can be taxed as companies not individuals.
    It has been reported that they include some of the BBC’s most well-known broadcasters, including newsreaders Fiona Bruce, Joanne Gosling, Emily Maitlis, Gavin Esler and Sophie Raworth.
    MPs on the public accounts committee last month accused the BBC of having “staggeringly inappropriate” arrangements in place for many of its staff and said it could be “complicit” in tax avoidance.


  18. 18
    Naive BBC says:

    Why do the BBC believe everything she says without question?

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Useless fucking cow

  20. 20

    You could have left it like that after your first eight words…

  21. 21
    ATOS Bariatric division says:

    #Pass 100%

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    Stupid Woman says:

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    Raving Loon says:

    You’re a fat wench and no one likes you.

  24. 24
    Norman Smith says:

    I think the big accountancy firms are just being lucky.

  25. 25
    Libydems r finished says:

    Looney left on the rise that is why bro David has given flight and is distancing himself. Blaire’s sideline comments will mean nothing and will achieve nothing.

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    Raving Loon says:

    Jesus Tapdancing Christ, do you have to comment on every little f.uc.k**g issue?

  27. 27
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “4 biggest firms earn nearly £2bn a year from tax work”

    That strongly suggests that (a) tax is too high and (b) the tax rules are too complex.

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    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Abbott, Miliband, Owen Jones, et al, all pick up on these soundbites as if they were their own. In reality none of them are capable of original thought.
    They are all gobshites together.

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    No not at all. What makes you think that? says:

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    A Horrid woman is abbott says:

    So Primark phoned them up and ordered them to carry on working when they found cracks developing in the building?

    I think not Diane. I also think you are making crass political capital out of a tragedy which you plainly do not know even the basic of facts.


  31. 31
    Steve Miliband says:

    So they should do it for nothing?

  32. 32
    Centrist says:

    How does diannes anti-imperialist stance square with her being an African and sitting in the commons running the affairs of the English ?

  33. 33
    Fashion Expert says:

    Abbott, you are so Primark.

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    West Indian mothers would go to the wall for their children

    In Old World India, the wall comes to them.

    This silly cow is trying to blame Primark (private enterprise) for the failings of the Bangaleshi Building Inspectorate (state).

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    Do you mean this Margaret Hodge says:

  36. 36
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Has Abbott no work to do. Maybe Miliband should ask her what she does all day apart from tweet.

  37. 37
    Diane Abbotapotamus says:

    Maybe I shud ave tweeted…

    Stafford: Thousands die as health service morally collapses. The price of cheap political targets.

  38. 38
    Centrist says:

    Luckily you wear tents – how does north face source its canvas ?

  39. 39
    Raving Loon says:

    What?! You want f**king brownie points for getting on a bus? FFS!

  40. 40
    Adolf Schicklgruber says:

    Zat Genreal Franco…. he has an unhealthy relationship viz der Naz1s!

  41. 41
    The ever-economical Tessa Tickles says:

    I can make it seven.

    “The fearless ‘reporters’ at the bBBC know nothing”

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    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    The BBC behaves like it is an independent state. Do no laws or morals apply at the BBC?

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    Raving Loon says:

    What about the EU’s accounts not being signed off since the dawn of time? Any news on that? Thought not.

  44. 44
    Bus driver says:

    It had to be an open topped double decker, and we had to drop her in with a very big cherry picker.

  45. 45
    Anonymous says:

    How did she get so rich? She must be very clever.

  46. 46
    Name that tune says:

    I can name that bag of shite 1n 4

    “The fearless ‘reporters’ at the bBBC know nothing”

  47. 47
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    How come Hodge can accuse others but won’t come clean about her own financial arrangements? She must have something to hide.

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    Sarah says:

    BBC Today – flagship news programme?

    Not a single question to Hodge about her shares in Stemcor, or the trust fund set up to avoid tax or the fact that Stemcor uses exactly the same practices to pay very little UK tax.

    Well done BBCfor yet again proving your inate left wing bias – if Hodge were a Tory you would have ripped her to shreds months ago.

    Thankfully I do not pay the TV Tax license fee.

  49. 49

    Spendthrift! The bBBC knows nothing


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    Tessa Tickles says:

    She deserves a f*cking medal for venturing into Dalston.

  51. 51

    Well I qualified as a Chartered Accountant with and as an ex tax specialist at PW London one of the many things that I remember was a positive and strong ethical approach. If politicians were trained to Price Waterhouse standards [at least when I trained with them in the 1980s] our country would be a far better place. What ever is happening in this cosy relationship, I would be amazed if any laws were being broken.

  52. 52
    Diane says:

    Chicken shop down the road.

  53. 53
    snopes.com says:

    It was an open topped double decker, and she was hoisted in on a cherry picker. Apart from that TRUE

  54. 54
    Daine (fer a burger!) FatClunge says:


  55. 55
    Big Chief Running Bare says:

    Must have been that bus I saw driving round in circles.

  56. 56
    Wyle Cop says:

    As if she gives a toss…

  57. 57
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Abbott gets paid by the taxpayer, who it seems get nothing in return.

  58. 58
    Casual Observer says:

    A typical Oppenheimer

  59. 59
    Magaluf Engerlander says:

    Or inheritance tax!

    ps RetardEd Miltwat

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    Wyle Cop says:


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    Glyn H says:

    Lady Hodge, please!

  62. 62
    The Right Honourable George Osborne Mp says:

    The Hudsons are a lovely couple.

  63. 63
    Old Blind Pugh says:

    TATA ?

  64. 64
    Anonymous says:

    Naw , she fiddles her tax…………

  65. 65
    Barking MP says:

    When I became an MP I had to solemnly affirm the Hypocritical Oath, I’ll have you know.

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Is she trying to get her own back cos they fired her ???

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    ASk her about her role in Price Waterhouse’s relationship between the transfer rpicing unit and management consultancy teams (where she was a senior menber of staff), based at Milton Court, moorgate near the barbican. fucking hypocrite

  68. 68
    Westminster is full of corrupt shits says:

    Guido — Shine a powerful spotlight on Squeaker Bercow’s tax avoidance as well.

  69. 69
    Anonymous says:

    naw, she’s done that already

  70. 70
    BBC, Head of Songs of Praise, Dr. Who-Cares and Playschool says:

    Yes of course they do – mainly the laws of the playground:

    1)Don’t get caught.
    2)If caught – blame someone else
    3)Finders keepers.
    4)All teachers and Tories are fac1sts!
    5)Use someone else’s money to subsidies your homo/ lesbian/ transgender/ nonce lifestyle to keep you in the class A drugs you’ve become accustomed to – and start again at 1)

    Now pay your licence fee, as my gimp needs his Columbian nose work out, and you know how grumpy 13 year olds get!

  71. 71

    Breaking News
    Fat useless female Labour MP reads headlines but not the story

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    Raving Loon says:

    “Every man is entitled if he can to order his affairs so that the tax attaching under the appropriate Acts is less than it otherwise would be. If he succeeds in ordering them so as to secure this result, then, however unappreciative the Commissioners of Inland Revenue or his fellow tax-payers may be of his ingenuity, he cannot be compelled to pay an increased tax.”

    -Lord Tomlin, 1936

  73. 73
    Hackney North and Stoke Newington Labour Party says:

    We’ll put you down as undecided then…..

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    Old Blind Pugh says:

    What should be implemented before Dave and chums finish their term is a thing that Liebore ran a coach and horses through, that is, when ministers leave office they should not be able to join a firm or act as an “adviser” for which their ministry had had responsibility for 2 or preferably 3 years. That might helped to stop the roundabout of government and industry.

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    Anonymous says:

    She was asked ages ago if it was true about her financial arrangements and she denied it. She also said she would sue anyone who stated otherwise – still waiting!!!!!

  76. 76
    Drive of the 236 bus speaking to control!!!! says:

    WTF is that grinding noise from the rear axle!!

  77. 77

    “The price of cheap clothes.” Stop moaning ,
    Who else would cloth you ?

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    TfL says:

    Hiya Diane. Hope you paid the correct fare for occupying both seats and half the standing area.

  79. 79

    Only happened two days ago Flabbott, Do try to keep up !

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    twat says:

    Totally agree +1 etc.

    But she has a point no? Or is ad hominem still order of the day here…..

  81. 81
    Taxfodder says:

    You have to ask yourself..if Tax is so good, why pay it?

    Can’t help laughing at MP’s and gullible hangers on, pitiful wittering and sour grapes about tax pounds they think they must be missing out on.

    All the engineered huff and puff about taxation can’t change the fact you are just plain stupid stupid stupid if you pay more tax than you need to and,

    all the legislation on tax avoidance in the world will never, never, never get intelligent people to freely roll over and let the inland revenue fleece them just so Ministers can waste and squander collected tax value on things like Maggies funeral, Scroungers, EU and assorted world charity black holes …the more MP’s have, the more they waste so keep them lean.

    Avoiding tax is your duty to your family (not the state) and self, if you think otherwise I hear the inland revenue are accepting donations….medals and knighthoods may follow…..not!

  82. 82
    Mike Hoxard, Labour MP #TrougherCougher&StillInTheCloset says:

    Is that because she can no longer reach over that publicly funded gut to fiddle with anything else?

    I now wish I had not conjured up the mental picture of her strumming the old turkey giblets…. MIND BLEACH!!!!!

  83. 83
    Mike Hoxard, Labour MP #TrougherCougher&StillInTheCloset says:

    What a dreadful thing to suggest about Ms Hodge! She would never be petty and spiteful by telling great big untruths!

    Take that back, or I’ll send Chris Bryant round in his underpants with a camera!

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    Gold Digger says:

    I would shag it.

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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Those allegations are all PIE in the sky. Hodge was never involved and never expressed any support at all. Oh wait……..

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    young Shep says:


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    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Make it ten years and the end of the corporatist roundabout would be certain.

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    Mars Attacks! says:

    So let’s get this straight then, so as to avoid just bypassing the irony and going straight to abuse:

    It’s OK that 13 years of Labour using close connections with the big accountancy firms to formulate policy is OK, but the coalition have to do it using Wikipedia?

    The fact that Nigel “Ve Vill soon leave der Sudetenland” Farage used one to allegedly set up a Jersey Education trust is also fine, but the Tories can only have Gordmong’s broken calculator and that young bird off Countdown?

  91. 91
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    That’s why we need a low flat tax.

    Support the United Kingdom Independence Party and get one.

  92. 92
    Meanwhile in Germany says:

    Sales of luxury cars and goods are up.

  93. 93
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    unhealthily cosy relationship with government

    well .. in that case she has an unhealthily cosy relationship with her undeclared wallet

    perhaps she should resign in order to spend more time with it ….

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    Duty Pedant says:

    Ahem …

    6:06PM BST 29 Sep 2010

    Do keep up Zapatero is NOT the Spanish PM

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    you couldn't make it up says:

    this is how it works. You pay the works more & give them better conditions. You have to up the price to primark, who then find its cheaper to get them else where or to manufacturer in the UK. So you loose your contract, close your business and lay the works off. With no state handouts your works starve to death.

    Great for the over populated world not so good for works but thats socialism for you

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    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    …. and. btw why does she insist on getting photograohed with her big mouth akimbo

    she looks as though she s about to embsrk on an extremely challenging bj

  97. 97
    Yeah, right... says:

    Does it not occour to these half-wits that it is they that have the capacity to change the tax system that they so evidently loathe.

    Or is it the case that some easy headlines on the teatime news gives the impression that something is being done, even if it is the spouting of hypocritical hot air?

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    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    Why is the BBC News channel promoting Ed Miliband so much today. A clip of him discussing the Syrian issue is being repeated. Why, surely we should just hear from government.

  99. 99
    The Eton tit in no. 10 says:

    I know all about going to The Wall.

  100. 100
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Or the billions stolen or disappeared from said accounts. Not a word is heard and no investigation by Europlod. Theft has never been easier.

  101. 101
    young Shep says:

    Viva Zapata! ‘Its better to die on your feet ..

  102. 102
    Mike Hoxard, Labour MP and hung like a donkey (Sadly, the Muffin the Mule puppet) says:

    You called?

  103. 103
    German Person says:

    Vee av never had it zo gut.

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    Cuntdown says:

    Is she entertaining the invisible man?

  105. 105
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    True, you don’t get a £150+ million fortune, just by dodging your taxes.

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    Al Goma-Steel says:


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    young Shep says:

    At least nobody takes any notice of that idiot, what worries me far more is Hague, he seems determined to get us dragged into yet another foreign war to boost his public profile.

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    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    So the big four Accountancy Firms have an unhealthy relationship with Government .

    Well I am really shocked by that revelation.

    It is like a bolt out of the blue .

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    RetardEd Miltwat, PM in waiting, man of steel (Thorry Margaret!) and Justin's bitch says:

    Mithter BallthUp ttayth thatth where I’m going if I don’t do ath he thays!

  110. 110
    Guy N'Cologist says:

    You’d have to find away past that ginormous gunt!

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    Loopy Lou says:

    How many British Voters have ever been to Syria ?

  112. 112
    Bollox, Bollox & Twat, Commisioners for (loud) Oaths says:

    No – it’s an arms length, trust fund partner, who for tax purposes, does not actually exist, but she can have the use of any seed he produces.

  113. 113
    M "tiny hypocrite" Hodge says:

    This year, at the Labour Party knees-up, I shall be on the kareoke doing “I should be so lucky”

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    young Shep says:

    Could be quite a few before long, more Wootten Bassett fodder.

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    Hereford Barracks, You know... the one with the clock tower says:

    Officially, or unofficially?

  116. 116
    Vince says:

    Don’t ask me. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast.

  117. 117
    Col Nut says:

    Looked over the border to Al Quneitra yesterday.U.N.zone but Assad’s flag also flying there.

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    Lord Pressedham says:

    Funny. That’s just what Tracey said.

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    Bazinga! says:

    guess which bus Fartbott had been riding on

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    Ron Barras says:

    Hodge is confusing noise for action.

    Instead of blaming companies for exploiting loopholes, why not sack the incompetent civil servants and politicians who created them in the first place?

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    Revolving Door says:

    6) Savile never worked here and nobody knew a thing either.
    7) Insist on a gagging clause

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    Max Dodge says:

    15. Margaret Hodge
    £18 million
    The scourge of the multinational tax avoiders through her role as chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Hodge has a tidy nest egg to retire to once her Westminster career is over. She is the daughter of J3wish refugees from Nazi-occupied Austria and possesses a small stake in Stemcor, a global steel trading company that was founded in 1951 by her father, Hans Oppenheimer. It is now chaired by her brother Ralph Oppenheimer. She was subject to criticism last year after claims that Stemcor had avoided tax, which it denied. Hodge said she would be “very mad” if the claims were borne out. She also denied any role in the running of the company and said she was merely a “responsible shareholder” who had received assurances it paid its “fair share”. The company said it made a loss of £2.9 million in the UK on turnover of £2.1 billion in 2011 and paid tax of £163,000. We value it at £300 million, meaning her and her family’s stakes are worth millions. Her home could be worth up to £3 million.

  123. 123
    metro-intellectual-wannabe says:

    You know, you can just unfollow and then you could give your blood pressure pills a rest.

  124. 124
    metro-intellectual-wannabe says:

    Man she should be on the front bench with that kind of cash.

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    UKID DING says:


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    Chuka ( you can call me Harrison ) Urmunneyaround says:

    She’s trash.

  127. 127
    Col Nut says:

    With your zapatas on.

  128. 128
    Gonk III says:

    They’re frit

  129. 129
    Owen Jones says:

    No thread would be complete without a post from me.

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    Feel the enrichment says:

    The ringleader of a Birmingham terrorist cell who plotted an attack to rival the 7 July and 9/11 atrocities has been jailed for life. The judge at Woolwich Crown Court ruled that Irfan Naseer, 31, must serve a minimum of 18 years for planning a mass casualty suicide bombing campaign. The judge said Naseer wanted to turn part of Birmingham into a “little war zone”. Ten other members of the terror cell will be sentenced later.

    Well, let’s hope he’s put in a cell with a nasty prisoner with a penchant for kicking in heads and buggery.

  131. 131
    Owen Jones says:

    You’re almost as much of a twat as I am.

  132. 132
    young Shep says:

    Very informative as usual Owen, your intellect is second only to the legendary Silent Bob, ever thought of taking a leaf out of his book?.

  133. 133
    Owen Jokes says:

    The impossible can be done immediately. Miracles take a little while longer.

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    Anonymous1 says:

    Hodge seems to me to be on more HoC committees than I have had hot dinners – she is on every quorum, it seems to me. You name it, she’s on it.

  135. 135
    Anonymous1 says:

    Rich people and Labour go together like marmite on one’s cock – stingy!

  136. 136
    Maq­boul says:

    All companies have a duty to their shareholders to pay the absolute minimum of tax that the law demands and that includes the use of efficient tax avoidance measures.

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    Black and Blue says:

    She beats the white man with a metaphorical stick at every opportunity……..

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    Anonymous1 says:

    ouch! Don’t try that again, darling…

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    Saw an open goal and shot at it! says:

    Hans Oppenheimer was her father? No wonder she’s worth a bomb!

    (I’m here all week!)

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    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    Is she related to the newish DG? They’re all a bit incestuous, the Lefties.

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    Hugh Janus says:

    A little unlikely in my view, bearing in mind that many of those who make it to ministerial level regard such promotion as part of their master-plan for some serious nest-lining after they have been booted out for being useless. At least in the new ‘job’ (often a quango) they can be paid squillions for being useless.

    The political class looks after its own, don’t forget.

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    Anonymous1 says:

    Are you suggesting we have six toes on our feet? How dare you! Tories are the one that inbreed with their first cousins.

  143. 143
    Aydodge E. Scheisster QC says:

    Lord Clyde, with Judge Learned Hand, concurring.

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    Hugh Janus says:

    The BBC blamed Primark in their first news item about this, and Ch4 News waded in yesterday evening with more of the same. I fail to see how a customer can be blamed for the collapse of a supplier’s building, but obviously the Beeb and CH4 thought it relevant.

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    Anonymous1 says:

    Politicians, huge anus – they all get promoted to their fair level of incompetence. Just look at Cameron and Georgie Porgie for instance, two useless nitwits together, haven’t got a clue both of them.

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    The Hodge offshore trust says:

    How dare you. All the offshore holdings are completely bona fide and any suggestion of hypocrisy is totally wrong…..

  147. 147
    Anonymous says:

    ..and made loads for companies who were streamlining and making shit loads from tax aviodance

  148. 148
    James Purnell says:

    Thanks for the £300k salary at the BBC.

    And thanks for creating a job for me too.

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    Nigel "A song, a dance & a new idea is on the way" Farage says:

    Oh dear, oh dear.

    Vote UKRAP and get UKRAP or something like UKRAP. Although it might be Tory. Or Labour. Or something like that. But don’t talk to me about elections, because none of you had an outright victory last time!

    (PSSST….. start the car!)

  150. 150
    Terry C. Orange says:

    You’re not paying the fee but that doesn’t mean that you can escape the consequences of their propaganda.

  151. 151
    Hodge the Dodge says:

    Do as i say not as i do.

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    Hugh Janus says:

    Of course they are. Guido surely thought so too as he read about these cosy relationships in issue after issue of the Eye. It’s one of his favourite publications which he snatches from the postman’s grasp every fortnight.

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    Lord Wayne of Trombone says:


  154. 154
    James Purnell says:

    Don’t forget my £300k job at the BBC.

  155. 155
    Village Idiot says:

    Abbott could “tweet”, “we got it wrong on immigration,sorry”,we got it wrong on
    the economy,sorry”, we got it wrong in the NHS,sorry”we got it wrong on Iraq and
    Afghanistan,sorry,”we got it wrong praising gordon brown and letting him run amok,sorry”,we got it wrong on mp’s expenses,sorry,we saddled the country with ECHR stuff,sorry,we got in with the police and press,sorry,we squandered billions and racked up debt,sorry,we let a lot of undesirables come into your country,sorry…(you get the idea.)

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    Jess Tathort says:

    Or an alcoholic gay pork butcher, imprisoned for life for inciting racial hatred and killing mozies with his bare hands.

    I must get out more…. which is what Naseer must be thinking now.

  157. 157
    The Loony Left says:

    ‘Thatcher was lucky with the arrival of North Sea oil revenues’

    FFS !! The concomitant rise in the value of the Pound murdered some of the crappy unionised manufacturing industries in the Country and was a significant factor in their demise.

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    Anonymous says:

    Where’s the money going to come from for all those UKIP bungs to pensioners? Cost savings from withdrawing from the EU apparently pays for everything – like Labour’s banker bonus tax.

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    labourunionsbbc are one under the EU says:

    “The BBC declined to discuss the individuals affected”

    That’s all right they are a private company, err, just a minuet . . .

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    Anonymous1 says:

    …said the B En P voter to an U K I P door caller…

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    Anonymous says:

    Or (c) it is easy for some to reach an ‘agreement’ with the taxman.

    Truly, all people are equal, but some are [far] more equal than others.

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    Anonymous1 says:

    she got the branlless wimmin votes too, don’t forget that too.


  163. 163
    Anonymous says:

    And clearly, this is propaganda-free site?

  164. 164
    Anonymous1 says:


  165. 165
    Anonymous says:

    You’re obsessed with Owen Jones. Move on.

  166. 166
    Stone Age says:

    They would if they were Tories

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    Anonymous says:

    Wonder why the beeb don’t have Brillo &/or Paxman grill her?

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    Anonymous1 says:

    07-25 above – “all honourable and rumblerumble members” – Bercow’s been on the pop again…

  169. 169
    Village Idiot says:

    Could you brilliant boys in the hereford barracks go back to the mysterious,secretive and anonymous ways of the 50’s,60’s and 70’s,when enormous respect was afforded to the men of hereford barracks…..Modernity,books and petulance has dimmed the mystique.

  170. 170
    Anonymous says:

    Tax Avoidance: an issue that few here want mention – wonder why?

  171. 171
    Chris Huhne says:

    Someone call me?

  172. 172
    Village Idiot says:

    Not bad!!!1

  173. 173
    Anonymous1 says:

    huge tub of fried chicken, coleslaw, and triple chips please, and it’s all mine!

  174. 174
    Curly says:

    Did she happen to mention who her tax adviser works for?

  175. 175
    Anonymous says:

    What about that well known US coffee house and their Cosy Relationship with the taxman? And yet, despite their cost-a-lot ‘coffee’, are we to believe that they do not make a profit?

  176. 176
    Curly says:

    So did some fake charity w*nker on Sky. Said it was all the fault of the big western corporations for demanding cheap clothes from poor downtrodden Bangla workers.

    WTF do the news channels find these people?

  177. 177
    Curly says:

    Problem with Europlod is that not one of them spe*aks 27 different languages.

  178. 178
    Anonymous says:

    Given such nasty and small-minded remarks – you should see a doctor.

  179. 179
    Curly says:

    The one in Hackney did the Hippocritical one.

  180. 180
    Vote Conservative for uncontrolled immigration says:

    Do you get paid minimum wage to troll or do you get cash in hand so the bennies keep rolling in ?

  181. 181
    A wandering minstrel says:

    Hmm, modulated. I wonder what the dodgy word was?

  182. 182
    Matilda says:

    It was ever thus – which is why Andersons had to split up into separate bits some time back. I wonder if they still talk to each other over a beer though?

  183. 183
    Me again says:

    I did respond, but clearly offended somebody’s sensibilities by saying what a pleasant country it was – you know right next to uno where.

  184. 184
    ancientpopeye says:

    But has her tax returns been checked and which offshore account are they reposing?

  185. 185
    Aunt Mat says:

    She is rich – so what – That’s what we all want to be.

    She knows all the loopholes and she is exposing them.

    I think she is good value.

    Wish we had a few more like her

  186. 186
    Morgan's Organ says:

    England expects that every man this day will do his duty and expose this hypocriitical, sanctimonious, pompous harridan for what she is!

  187. 187
    Prescott's chipolata says:

    I can vouch for that.

  188. 188
    BBC BullKok says:

    She is a rich witch. Pay your taxes you bitch!

  189. 189
    Anonymous says:

    On reflection, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a story disappear from the front page of Google News quite so fast. Only 1 day – then gone like snow off a dyke.

    Guido could perhaps offer to take up the slack, but I don’t think he likes her.

    It is candidly offensive the contempt with which the far right and left elites treat the public intellect when it comes to the attempts to hide irregularities which, in this rare case, Margaret Hodges has rightly exposed between influence of HMRC policy and avoidance of tax.

    The same cosy relationship exists between certain planning consultants helping to determine policy through lobbying with the DCLG as well then making representations to local government in respect of applications submitted by their own clients, generally large known brand names.

    Firms include well known names, directors of which also advise certain government bodies. Cannot be named here for obvious reasons.

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