May 28th, 2013

Former Prime Mentalist’s £1.37 Million Income Spin

Embarrassingly, the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has been found to be Parliament’s top outside earner, in absentia. The Guardian reports, sympathetically:

“Gordon Brown earned more than £1.37m from giving speeches around the world. Brown said the income supported an office that he uses to “support my ongoing involvement in public life”, with £600,000 going to charity and none of the money to him personally.”

That line again.

Leaving aside that no evidence is offered up for these charitable donations, the cost of a few staffers and some flights around the world does not cover the other half million. Either it has been paid down to Gordon or Sarah somehow, or it’s all just sitting there in the “Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown” bank accounts, meaning Gordon’s direct income from speaking is not being taxed as direct income. It’s dishonest either way.

UPDATE: Always happy to help, Guido pointed out the Metro’s incorrect headline:

Wouldn’t want Gordon’s spin catching on…


  1. 1
    Gordon Brown says:

    Nothing to see here. In the interim, here’s a recent holiday snap of me having some fun with the public:

  2. 2
    wefare works says:

    there – as the man says – it was INCOME SUPPORT

  3. 3
    Puffin says:

    I wonder if any Tory MPs have donated 600k to charity

  4. 4
    Hannan is always right says:

    Gordon Brown has given £600,000 from speech making to charity. Not often I say this so here goes: What an extraordinarily good thing to do.— Daniel Hannan (@DanHannanMEP) May 28, 2013

  5. 5
    Northern Benefits Sponger says:

    A Labour MP avoiding or evading tax, surely not?

  6. 6
    wefare works says:

    which one’s caligula?

  7. 7
    Steve Miliband says:

    Why is he still an MP?

  8. 8
    Gordon Brown ..the never forgotten years...period says:

    quelle suprise

  9. 9
    Silic Hunt says:

    Brown’s charity donations are to groups lobbying the government to spend more.

  10. 10
    Dave Chamberlain says:

    Yes I’ve donated 10 billion pounds of your money to overseas charities.

  11. 11
  12. 12
    sir boffton toffton mp - what says:

    c’mon puffin – charity begins at home and it’s long standing tory policy that it should remain there!

  13. 13
    Swivel-Eye Brown says:

    How to spot a swivel-eyed loon

    A beginner’s guide to this increasingly vocal species

  14. 14
    sir boffton toffton mp - what says:

    he can’t find a proper job

  15. 15
    Alexsandr says:

    who wants to listen to this idiot speak anyway?

  16. 16
    Owen Jones says:

    As Guido Fawkes said: “Syria is a house on fire, and the international community have turned up with flamethrowers”

  17. 17
    Morgan's Organ says:

    Tony & Cherie taught the boy well they should be proud.

  18. 18
    Swivel-Eye Brown says:

    An eye for an eye.

  19. 19
    Caligula says:

    What is the legal status of “the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown”?

    Is it a charity?

    A profit-making company?

    What tax does it pay?

    Is this bastard not already paid handsomely as an MP, ex PM with bodyguards private office etc at our expense?

    I thought all the cash allocated to ex PMs was intended to avoid their prostituing themselves after leaving office…

    Or is he just trying to keep up with the conmen Blair and Mandelson?

  20. 20
    horehound says:

    no fan of Brown, but i honestly believe he has zero interest in money, he’s power mad but he is no Blair money wise

  21. 21
    Why do that??? says:

    I have cancelled giving to Help for Heroes,and will give to other Services charities…not that it will make any difference,but,their decision is pretty pompous,and a further insult to patriotic people,who,may not be the intellectual giants of England,but they do care what is happening in their country,and, i can imagine that members of the EDL,are feeling perplexed!!!

  22. 22

    I am just getting on with the job (of making myself rich and fucking over all the idiots that have ever voted for me like all good Socialists do)

  23. 23
    Herman von Bumboy says:

    You will keep your nose out of our money-laundering operation or pay the price.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    McDoom was good at giving my money away, not too sure he is so generous with his own……Who would pay to listen to the 1 eyed mong anyway?…..

  25. 25
    Caligula says:

    So it is a profit-making company…

    Another Labourite getting filthy rich then?

    With “charitable donations” made out of influence peddling…

  26. 26
    Jackie Dromey of Unite Rotten Borough fame says:

    But his wife loves cash…

    And remember she made lots of it out of the then government as a PR artist…

  27. 27
    One-Eyed Loon Gordon says:

    Please join me and send your charity donations, to the “Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown”.

    And I promise to spend it more wisely than you on my pet projects, just like I did when I was Chancellor.

  28. 28
    Father Brown says:

    The money was just resting in my account.

  29. 29
    Labour MPs do always evade tax. says:

    Margaret Oppenheimer Hodge will sort him out. Won’t she?

  30. 30
    Blinky Balls says:

    Too True….

    It will be spent to enhance his reputation and increase his power base. It wont be spent wisely.

  31. 31
    Caligula says:

    How much does Brown already get paid as an ex-PM?

    The obscenity of Brown, Blair and Mandelson is beyond words…

  32. 32
    GnosticBrian says:

    If the £1.37m is Brown’s INCOME, why is that not taxable? The question would then be if the expenses / donations etc satisfy the tests for deductibility in computing the net taxable amount. If payments are truly charitable why should the general body of taxpayers subsidise an individual’s choice of where their beneficence falls?

  33. 33
    Tony Blair's Armed Guard says:

    what “charity” is that?

  34. 34
    Lego. He gives it to Lego says:

  35. 35
    Mandy says:

    We are intensely relaxed about people becoming filthy rich.

  36. 36
    Vote Tory, get heir to Blair says:

    I agree. He is as reckless and carefree with his own money as he was with that of the taxpayer.

  37. 37
    Gillian Beastley says:

    That’s right, Guido. Good boy. Whilst everyone focusses on our former Prime Mentalist’s alleged ‘fiddles’, they will fail to take notice of my own ‘good work’.

    Creating the UK’s Environment Capital? Of course not.

    But it is creating a huge pension fund for me!


  38. 38
    Labour bastards says:

    Gordon Brown dishonest?? well I’ll be buggered.

  39. 39
    Wyle Cop says:

    It’s easy for “none of the money” to go to him personally when the taxpayer is paying him 65k a year for failing to do his job as an MP.

    Specious leech.

  40. 40
    Gordon's tax adviser says:

    Step 1: Build up a big juicy fund in a company, paying only our nice low corporation tax (and not too much of that, either.

    Step 2: Nip off somewhere pleasant, that is happy not to tax foreigners on their income from abroad, and become non-resident for income tax purposes.

    Step 3: Pay all the money out to self as a big, fat, tax-free dividend.

    Step 4: Lecture others on their tax responsibilities.

    It helps that Gordon is already non-domiciled in reality.

  41. 41
    Muslim fundamentalist says:

    We find this offensive.
    She must wear a burqa.

  42. 42
    Jimmy says:

    If there’s one thing Guido hates more than road traffic offences, it’s people who don’t pay their taxes.

  43. 43
    Sir William Waad says:

    Now we know why Cypress Gardens has repeatedly gone must over the last 15 years.

  44. 44
    Dalgety Bay says:

    Because he’s doing a fantastic job(bie) representing his constituents.

  45. 45
    Ellie-Mae (8) says:

    That’s a good qualification for being Chancellor

  46. 46
    Hodge the Dodge says:

    Here Here

  47. 47
    MIke Grant says:

    It’s pretty obvious, as an accountant and business owner myself, that Brown is donating half his profits to charity and keeping the rest in his business for PR reasons until he stands down as an MP, when he will suddenly mysteriously start getting paid large dividends from his company every year, which will partly be from the money he’s built up, but which he will be able to claim is entirely from his post-MP profits.

    Cynical but clever. It allows him to maintain the facade that he’s not personally gaining from outside interests while an MP, while later siphoning off all the money remaining that he has built up during this Parliament. Yay. I should also mention Brown’s contempt for his constituents, given that his attendance record in Parliament is perhaps the most shameful of any current serving MP.

  48. 48
    what a plonker. says:

    Where is the proof that £600,000 went to charity ?

  49. 49
    John Tandy says:

    Judge for yourself…..

  50. 50
    Jimmy says:

    Hannan’s going to be kicked out of rightie club for remarks like that.

  51. 51
    Mr P. Ol-Pot. says:

    Can I get in on the Distinguished Global Leader in Residence Gig at NYU?

  52. 52
    Graham says:

    Typical of all so-called Socialists. Brown fits in well with the likes of Blait , Mandelson , Jacqui Smith , Hodges , Harman , David Miliband , 2-Jags 2-Shags Prescott and many more. Yet thick bastards still vote for Liebourite shits.

  53. 53
    Mrs M. H. The Dodge says:

    I will. I have the power. The Power of Hypocrisy.

  54. 54
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    No interest in money? He’s a socialist, for crying out loud. Can you imagine him having to live in the workhouse? Me neither. He’s made damned sure his own nest’s well feathered with other peope’s money.

  55. 55
    Guardian reading lefty says:

    gordon Brown is the best prime minister this country has ever had.

  56. 56
    left wing, Right wing's the whole Turkey! says:

    oh FFS the “Help for Heroes charity” don’t accept donations from ANY political parties, Even eventually the Grauniad article says that, if you’d got passed the headline… but hey that’s what the headline was for….. mission accomplished …. you feel anti EDL

    congratulations MUPPET!

    support the EDL vote UKIP

  57. 57
    Caligula says:

    Which one’s the horse?

  58. 58
    Money Talks says:

    This is all very unfair.

    It is only by:
    staying at the best hotels,
    Hobnobbing with successful people
    Traveling first class
    Having a fat bank account

    will my speeches be listened to.

    (and by the way i have more money than declared, but there is so much envy in the UK).

  59. 59
    left wing, Right wing's the whole Turkey! says:


    that wasn’t a warning that was my honest opinion/choice.

  60. 60
    left wing, Right wing's the whole Turkey! says:

    The only groups standing up for ME!

  61. 61
    hypocritical socialist fuckfaces says:

    From a scally like Guido it’s expected, but from Saint Mongo Brown?????

  62. 62
    left wing, Right wing's the whole Turkey! says:

    to clarify.. am White English/Ex forces

  63. 63
    Airey Belvoir says:

    ‘None of the money to him personally.’ Cleverly phrased. How much to Sarah then?

  64. 64
    Penfold says:

    Another one getting loads of filthy lucre at our expense.

    Has he done as Red Ken and used a service coy.

    Having got £1.3m i bet he hasn’t shirked on his Parliamentary expenses.

    Yet another reason for there to be wholesale changes with our politicoes…..

  65. 65
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Gordon Brown has a famously flexible definition of what is a charity. It was the last Government which allowed charities to engage in politics, and the infamous Smith Institute, a registered charity which did his private polling and had to close when the light of publicity was shone on it.

  66. 66
    money talk. says:

    one part of the body hates the other.
    chop the body?

  67. 67
    Clown says:

    I shall be starting a small buy-to-let portfolio by using that £500,000 to purchase Kirkaldy.

  68. 68
    money talk. says:

    one part of thebody hates the other part.
    internal grit is the future.

  69. 69
    cha cha cha. says:

    cha comes before desire.
    d siree.
    do ya duti.

  70. 70
    without evidence. says:

    there is no life without evidence.
    #ask the cat.

  71. 71
    Koba says:

    Donations to charity are tax deductable: 1.37m x 40% = £548,000, thank you very much.

  72. 72
    golli says:

    Perhaps he’s trying to compete with Google? Though why anyone would pay a penny to listen to the oaf is beyond comprehension.

  73. 73
    golli says:

    As a student McRuin used to pay his landlord with bounced cheques and urge his mates to do likewise, very charitable…

  74. 74
    Wyle Cop says:

    For half a million you could get Cowdenbeath as well.

  75. 75
    Rufus Stone says:

    Owen – where is your mum when she’s needed?

  76. 76
    Tom tWatson says:

    I read only yesterday in one of the daily papers that Comedians are one of the highest earners. Well at least they got that one right!

  77. 77
    Jimmy says:

    Now that’s more like it. I find it very confusing when righties behave decently.

  78. 78
    Casual Observer says:

    I don’t believe the £1.37m figure — where’s the supporting evidence?
    Whoever is going to pay to listen to Gorgon spouting? — everyone in the world must know he was a financially incompetent Chancellor and a fucking nutty failure as P.M.

    It’s not as if he’s got Bliar’s fading charisma

  79. 79
    Jimmy says:

    Indeed, it almost makes you question whether it’s true.

  80. 80
    Nick says:

    I seriously worry about the future of mankind if there are enough fuckwits around that can allow Brown to amass this sort of money.
    Mind you , could be just the Guardian bullshitting as usual to try and ‘big-up’ his reputation.

  81. 81
    Father Dougal McGuire says:

    It had a good long rest there, Ted!

  82. 82
    Father Dougal McGuire says:

    It had a good long rest there, Ted, didn’t it!

  83. 83
    Father Dougal McGuire says:

    Didn’t it, Ted! Ted?

  84. 84
    Grim the Reaper says:

    The postal vote has helped.

  85. 85
    nmj says:

    I would like to see the receipts first before believing anything Brown says.

  86. 86
    Anonymous says:

    …and with it staying in the company (shareholders Mr & Mrs Brown), at some future point in time it could go to him “personally”, or as you say Sarah Brown, or even his children…if shares are issued to them and then dividends paid. All of this could come once he has fully removed himself from Parliament.

    Meantime, he has the fortune of being able to pay for people to free up his time from the mundane pressures of everyday life for his wife and himself (office costs), arranging his shopping, cooking his meals, cleaning his home(s) etc – all in the name of “supporting him in his public life”.

    Its nce work if you can get it!

  87. 87
    This is fun. says:

    You spelt gash wrong.

  88. 88
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    You are Chris Bryant and I claim my 5 used shreddies!

  89. 89
    Guardian sense must prevail says:

    gordon Brown was the best chancellor
    offers the best guidance to Ed et all
    to wife and sons

    gordon Brown would still be PM if the media were up to his intellectual level.

  90. 90
    Tony & Cherie says:

    It’s peanuts compared to what we’ve pulled in. Ha, ha ha.

  91. 91
    The electorate says:

    No surprise. They’re socialists!

  92. 92
    Puffin says:

    imagine Cameron giving 600k to charity.

  93. 93
    Polly Toynbee's Butt Plug says:

    I’ve tried to imagine the audience at one of his speeches. Nope, just can’t do it.

  94. 94
    Wee Timorous Beastie says:

    Only avoiding English tax. There is a cunning plan afoot.

  95. 95
    Howzat1932 says:

    It was ever thus with with socialists. Kinnnock and wife, Bliar and wife Livingstone,two Jags perhaps a shag I am given to believe his equipment was sub standard like his brain, enough animal cunning to convince the voters of Hull though. It brings to mind repeating a mistake hoping for a different outcome is a labour thing.Bye.

  96. 96
    Jack the man of Straw & rendition flights says:

    Yes the 2015 GE is already in the bag……all of the Postal Votes

    have been printed & only need counting to confirm the Lie*Labor

    winning numbers !!!

    aaah Dem*ocracy something we don’t believe in……..

  97. 97
    Anon...........but Voting UKIP.ORG says:

    Soon they will have the Yan*k’s $4 billion dollar Pale*stinian Fund to devour….

    The ratio will be $1 for them, £1 million for us…… plus expenses

    & of course all the paper*work will be shred*ded sooner rather than later……

    as per normal practice………..

  98. 98
    Jack Ketch says:

    Yes, I was confused as to why he could earn so much from giving speeches. maybe they pay him money to go away.

  99. 99
    Chris Bryant says:

    Gordon Brown dishonest?? well I’ll be buggered??

  100. 100
    Halibut Hall says:

    He’s our golden boy ….

  101. 101
    The Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown says:

    Imagine, if ‘Gordons Office’ was a charity even more money could go to Gordon’s good causes political posturing fund

  102. 102
    Socialist Worker says:

    Don’t forget the greedy fuck also gets MP’s wages PM’s pension an a shed load of parliamentary expenses

  103. 103
    Andrew Efiong says:

    He’s always been dishonest with money.

    The man needs to be investigated for bringing parliament into disrepute, he’s moonlighting on the job and the ultimate public sector shirker!

  104. 104

    People pay to listen to Gordon Brown’s speeches? His delivery must have improved since he was PM.

    Personally, I’d sooner go to the dentist. He uses anaesthetic.

  105. 105

    MP’s will always remind you what a pittance they earn. You can’t blame him seeking a little extra income. It must be awfully difficult feeding one’s family on a trifling 60 grand. That’s why they’re agitating for a £10,000 pay rise.

  106. 106
    NE Frontiersman says:

    Is charitable donation a valid business expense of an office service company, can anyone say?

  107. 107
    Nurse Botha says:

    not to mention nappy changing and maintenace of rocking horse

  108. 108
    Nurse Botha says:

    Remember Sith Inst that worthwhile charity used to take bribes from Diageo and then funnel the cash to Balls during his sabbatical. Thank fuck the Tories are making ‘charitable donations’.

  109. 109
    Nurse Botha says:

    or not

  110. 110
    Nurse Botha says:

    Well said Belvoir. In addition to the private polling Smith paid Balls £100k for a template piece of research. Smith invited Diageo and others to make contributions. Extortion and fraud in all but name.

  111. 111
    Nurse Botha says:

    What bit is that?

  112. 112
    Catcher in the Rye says:

    When I was a civil servant I had to sign the Official Secrets Act and restrictions were placed on me working elsewhere and using any information I obtained for private gain.

    It would appear such rules do not apply to politicians.

  113. 113
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Its a tax fiddle I tell you.

    He wont have paid income tax on those “donations” .

    People who give six figure sums like that usually get kick backs somewhere else.

    Don’t believe what you are told

  114. 114
    fitzfitz says:

    Brown even got the Guardian to amend its picture caption (such philanthropy, such sensitivity ) :
    “” This article was amended on 28 May 2013 to reiterate in the picture caption that Gordon Brown has declared that he did not benefit personally from his outside earnings. He has declared in the register of members’ interests that the earnings are “held by the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown for the employment of staff to support my ongoing involvement in public life” “” .

  115. 115
    Anonymous says:

    if its registered with OSCR it must meet a charitable purpose- is Gordon Brown’s presence in public life a charitable purpose?

    Certainly not for the rest of us- so it fails the public benefit test.

  116. 116
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Brown stated when he was PM that being an MP was a full time job. Funny how things have changed.

    Don’t tell me, the charity is an off shore trust fund held in a tax haven for the benefit of ?

  117. 117
    All MP's are scum says:

    Gordon Brown should wear a burqa.

  118. 118
    nellnewman says:

    Obviously none of that money goes towards sarah’s designer clothes, travelling expenses or 5 star hotel thingies and likewise none of that money goes towards gordon’s suits, luxury plane travel, 5 star hotels or other expenses??!!

  119. 119
    nellnewman says:

    “The employment of staff …” will that be hairdressers and dressers and folks who design dresses and suits and things…because I suspect it is!!!

  120. 120
    nellnewman says:

    That’s OK folks on here don’t believe that rubbish. That’s why we are here!!

  121. 121
    nellnewman says:

    pollytwaddle at her most amusing and ‘best’ !!

    As for gordon’s ‘intellectual level’ , especially in respect of economics – I have slugs in my garden that are likely to outstrip him!!

  122. 122
    nellnewman says:

    He’s gone one better that redKen and formed a charitable trust that will exempt his earnings , for the most part, of tax and allow him to use the earnings as business and travel expenses in a five star capacity!!

  123. 123
    nellnewman says:

    Why would you want them? – like Glasgow they’re predominantly benefit dependent , deprived on any working class folks, long since!!

  124. 124
    I am a Who says:

    What about the shady dealings with his two brothers.£900million to his brother at Glasgow council while he was at no11 and signing the contract with EDF for a new generation of nuclear power stations while he was PM. His other brother is a top employee with EDF. It smells of shoit

  125. 125
    Vote Tory for (as yet undisclosed) expenses claims says:

    Gosh. Have you never met a wet/moist metro-reading slipper-wearing commuter. This change of rhetoric to “may not keep the money” from “angel” must have turned them off the Metro for good!

  126. 126
    Vote Tory for (as yet undisclosed) expenses claims says:

    I think I can remember two other brothers in the Labour party. And two sisters, and more importantly closer unions than you would see in a multinational corporate weekend politicians’ getaway. I’m sure Vince and the BBC have both forgotten this oh well.

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