January 24th, 2014

EXC: Gordon Brown Office Has £10,000-a-Week “Expenses” Raises Over £3 Million, Gives Less Than £1 Million to Charity

  • Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown has £10,000-a-week expenses
  • Not a registered charity, two thirds of funds raised spent on expenses
  • Less than  £1 million given to charity out of over £3 million raised
  • Vanity project lets  Gordon and Sarah enjoy jet-set premier life-style of first class flights and five star hotels

Gordon Brown has since leaving Downing Street raised over £3 million to support charitable projects yet has given less than a £1 million to charity. Nearly three-quarters of the money raised has gone on his office and globe-trotting travel expenses that run at over £10,000-a-week – allowing Brown to vainly swan around in Davos like old times. Gordon Brown always insists that he does not profit from the arrangement and that all the income goes either directly to charities or to support other charitable public service projects.

The Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown is not a registered charity, it is a private limited company. Guido’s investigation reveals – by piecing together some 133 declarations made in Gordon Brown’s parliamentary register of interests – a picture of the until now private accounts since the company was set up by Sarah. Brown has declared to parliament that the total amount paid to the company since 2010 is £3,605,197. According to a recent announcement on the company’s website, only £912,702 has so far been given to charity after three years. Leaving over £2 million to be accounted for when according to the latest available records the company had only £160,978 in cash at the bank. You can see an itemised spreadsheet compiled from Guido’s investigations here.

The company admits it budgets £550,000-a-year for expenses to meet salaries, accommodation costs and staff expenses. Gordon can be paid as much as $100,000 for a single speech in America to investors at finance conferences. By funnelling his speaker fees through the company he does not have to pay tax on the income, even though it covers the £10,000-a-week expenses for Gordon and Sarah to maintain the jet-set premier lifestyle they were accustomed to when in Downing Street, travelling first class around the world and staying in top five star hotels attended to by flunkies. Something Gordon would not be able to do on his backbench MP’s salary…


289 Comments

  1. 1
    Cymro oddi ar y llinell says:

    We’re all in it together…….

  2. 2
    The Lightning Seeds says:

    The Life of Riley

  3. 3
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, Gordon Brown has been flushed out by Guido!

    Knowing Brown’s financial skills, he’s probably lost the £2 million.

    No wonder he’s on the run and hiding out in Davos, hobnobbing with billionaires and claiming sickening sums for “travel”. He should be forced to show up in parliament and do his day job as an MP.

  4. 4
    Robert says:

    We need the recall bill now!

  5. 5
    Mitch says:

    Oh it’s a fiddle. What a surprise. It’s hard not to think dark thoughts about that man.

  6. 6
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Cost of living crisis? Not for Gordon :)

  7. 7
    James Austin says:

    About bloody time…. Well done Guido for exposing this waste of space, lying hypocrite. Keep the pressure on this mendacious individual.

  8. 8
    Gordon Brown says:

    Ungrateful bastards this is the thanks I get for saving the world

  9. 9
    Crazy says:

    I find it incredible that anyone would listen to, let alone pay to listen to, that useless idiot.

  10. 10
    Steve Miliband says:

    Would be interesting to cross reference his Parliamentary expenses with his ‘charitable’ ones – I would hate to think we were subsidising his ventures.

    Who pays for his security when he is overseas? Us no doubt.

  11. 11
    Margaret Hodge MP says:

    This is not tax avoidance, its Charitable socialism, we shall not be calling Gordon before the Finance committee.

  12. 12
    The public says:

    We would expect nothing less of the duplicitous Gordon Brown.

  13. 13
    Lest we Forget says:

  14. 14
    Ed P says:

    Typical Labour hypocrite – DAIS,NAID

    Worst PM ever!

  15. 15
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    Of to save the world – again.

  16. 16
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    Who gave these figures to Guido ? Was it Sue ?

  17. 17
    JMF says:

    As that popular beat combo The Beatles sang.

    All together now, ALL TOGETHER NOW, All together now.
    All together now, ALL TOGETHER NOW, All together now.

  18. 18
    OxfordSimon says:

    If all this is correct (and I have no reason to doubt it) then Brown has much to explain. No 2-person operation needs £10k a week to cover running costs. If it looks like fraud and smells like fraud then it is probably fraud. All reminds me of that song from Evita … ‘And the money kept rolling in…’ – and we all know what happened to her.

  19. 19
    Gordon Brown says:

    It is the right thing to do

  20. 20
    Basil Brush says:

    I have abolished Boom Boom and bust

  21. 21
    Patrick says:

    This is tax evasion. The ex-Prime Mentalist should be getting a knock on the door from plod and HMRC soon.

  22. 22
    Ed Bum with Miliband junior says:

    Well done that man.

  23. 23
    JH32498230943202 says:

    The real question for me is – who in the blue fuck would voluntarily pay this man $1 for a speech, never mind $100’000? His only value is as a contrarian indicator.

    Is it just ‘late payment’ for ‘services rendered’ while he has his clunking fists on the levers of power i.e. selling us down the river to various ‘interests’?

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Unbelievable… I almost fell for his ever so humble act since he was deposed, thinking he had seen the light… Turns out he is swanning around the world in a life of luxury with the similarly grasping wife in a dodgy business setup masquerading as a charity…

  25. 25
    Gordon Laughs at the Banks says:

  26. 26
    Tony Blair says:

    What an amateur!

  27. 27
    JH32498230943202 says:

    I wouldn’t want to be in Nokia range when McMental reads this for the first time.

    Thank you gang, you put the MSM to shame.

  28. 28
    Taxed says:

    How about publishing those little people who make up the income stream.

  29. 29
    Gillian Duffy says:

    Fecking Bigot!

  30. 30
    Mark Riley says:

    I should be so lucky

  31. 31
    Newsfox says:

    Excellent work.

  32. 32
    Take care for what you wish for says:

    He’s another example of the “Number Two” in a government who feels cheated that he is not leader and that he would do a far far batter job than the leader and endlessly plots to replace him and then when he eventually does so and becomes leader finds he’s actually fucking useless at it

  33. 33
    CYNICAL OLD GIT says:

    No doubt the will be turning left at the top of the aircraft steps!!

  34. 34
    Tony Blair says:

    Im Britains finest Champagne Socialist and proud of it.

  35. 35
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Depends on exactly how this was accounted and declared.

    More likely tax avoidance.

    Spunking close to £1m / year on Gordon’s version of a ‘premier lifestyle’ still doesn’t really add up.

    The one eyed git has probably been stuffing the lion share in an offshore tax haven somewhere. Now that could be tax evasion.

  36. 36
    Why would a Back Bench MP go to Davos & who is paying? says:

  37. 37
    Joe Plumber says:

    We gave nothing to Clark Kent

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Nowhere near the full commission due from Goldwan Sox for his traitorous national gold reserve giveaway.

  39. 39
    Gordon Brown MP says:

    Who published my accounts, it was Sue I think.

  40. 40
    Ed Miliband says:

    How else can he meet the cost of living crisis?

    It’s getting mighty hard to buy a house in Primrose Hill since the Tories got to power.

  41. 41
    Gordon you Twat says:

    Very prudent of you Gordon.

  42. 42
    bergen says:

    No doubt he pays far more caeful attention to his own pocket than he ever paid to ours. He is a disgrace to public life.

  43. 43
    A Man From Slough says:

    Time to recall this excellent article in the Daily Mash. It is as true now as it was then:

    http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/politics/politics-headlines/i-hate-every-last-one-of-you-admits-brown-20080502920

  44. 44
    Damian McBride says:

    f@@@ yo all, F”””’ off yoz bunch of f%^^$$% leave the Big Lad alone

  45. 45
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    It is exactly as you describe.

    People go for the meal and to socialize.

    They do not particularly wish to hear this retarded mong drone on and perhaps are watching in awe at just how shit England must be in order for Brown to have staged a de facto coup d’etat and wrecked the economy.

    At least Blair has some skill in pulling off a joke.

  46. 46
    Anonymous says:

    But is he better of now than he was the 3 years ago ,we must be told

  47. 47
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Tone has just gone off to save Syria with Goldman Sachs.

  48. 48
    The rest of Britain asks says:

    Are the people of Kirkcaldy really that stupid?

  49. 49
    UKIP councillor planted by the Tories says:

    DC is awesome!

    ….ooops.

  50. 50

    A meeting of old friends with common interests?

  51. 51
    He used to be a MP didn't he ?? says:

    If the electorate of Kirkaldy and Cowdenbeath aretoo apathetic to make a fuss about him and campaign to have him de-selected then that’s their fault but if he was my MP I would be campaigning to have him replaced and making such a noise in the constituency about him never being in Parliament to represent me. No other MP could get away with it AND say what you like about Thatcher she still turned up at parliament as did Major even when they were no longer PM and they sat on the backbenches and took part(so did Heath even though he was in a sulk over being replaced by Thatcher)Brown hasn’t even the couresy to resign and pursue his money earning ventures without taxpayer subsidy

  52. 52
    9mm says:

    Having such a thick head and no fucking heart why does Brown need Police Protection at fuck knows what cost a year.

  53. 53
    CYNICAL OLD GIT says:

    Nobody can be so desperate as to actually eat a FREY BENTOS pie !!!

  54. 54
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Given that Damian had to mong about at his old school to scratch a living, and then publish a book to make a bit of cash, methinks Damian was royally fucked by Brown and maybe just maybe might frame this article and hang it in his less than luxurious toilet.

  55. 55
    cep says:

    Except he’s not our prime minister.

  56. 56
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m not a virgin am I Sarah?

  57. 57
    Lord Mandlebum says:

    Indeed. Mere peanuts.

  58. 58

    Where’s the carrier bag full of (stolen) bricks with a couple of tins of “every day” rice pudding on top/

  59. 59
    Irritable Sod says:

    Obviously learned a lot from his predecessor then. Not a surprise to see this is it?

  60. 60
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m not a virgin am I Sarah??!!!

  61. 61
    For release to the press says:

    Mr Vaz has had to cancel his Constituency meetings this weekend as he is intending to fly to Miami to console the troubled singer Justine Beiber (check spelling spad) in his time of need, and to afford the international press a unique opportunity to phootgraph the two titans of the world stage, together.
    Mr Vaz will, as is usual, be claiming all his legitimate expenses ( and more).

  62. 62
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    So he is becoming the Socialist riposte to John Profumo?

  63. 63
    A voter says:

    The bigot they are, the harder they fall

  64. 64
    Ron Barras says:

    Another scummer MP on the take

  65. 65
    well chuffed says:

    He sold the gold at rock bottom at the behest of Goldman Sucks to get them out of a massive hole of their own making. This is his reward for subsidising these leeches with taxpayers’ money. No wonder he can’t use it as an excuse.

  66. 66
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    Looks like Bill Gates in the background with an iPhone.

    Just sayin’

  67. 67
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Immigrants, Criminals & other Wasters. says:

    Is there anything more disgusting than a money grabbing Socialist?

  68. 68
    cep says:

    Yes.

    And then some.

    In fucking spades.

  69. 69
    Mitch says:

    Brown is obviously drugged up to the tits here.

  70. 70
    Sarah Brown says:

     

  71. 71
    In Emergency Pull says:

    It’s a shame he couldn’t have run the UK economy as well! What totally c_nt he is.

  72. 72
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    The ‘Office of Tony Blair’ is a bigger scam by several orders of magnitude.

  73. 73
    Icelandic Hit Squad says:

    I will trade you fish for the location of Gordon Brown.

  74. 74
    Labour=Waste says:

    Spraying £10,000 a week on expenses? He’s not lost his touch.

  75. 75
    John Smith says:

    Remember that when various Labour M.P.’s complain about people losing £20 a week or whatever trivial sum it is.

  76. 76
    Taxpayer says:

    So all those punitive tax rates for the rest of taht this twonk brought in ( and the current mob of muppets have kept ) are cleverly avoided by him. What a lovely man.

  77. 77
    Personalities of a haggis says:

    Brown is Scottish, as mad as a Haggis, and as trustworthy as other Scots, such as the house-flipper Darling, the war-monger Blair, the numpties Alexander, the indescibable Watson ……..

  78. 78

    It’s to prevent the general public from hurting themselves by pummelling that head of granite.

  79. 79
    cep says:

    A young Ross Brawn…?

  80. 80
    Soapy has got Clegg sussed says:

  81. 81
    Damian Jack McBride says:

    The F^&**(^ love of my life. F(&^ off he always did his best for me, feck off -Drink, Girlzz

  82. 82

    What puzzles me is who in their right mind would shell $100K – or indeed a single penny – to listen to this economically illiterate imbecile.

  83. 83
    9mm says:

    Just follow the trail of destruction that leads to a cave in Scotland.

  84. 84
    Steve Miliband says:

    Dave is a weather man for NBC!

    Gordon is telling him about the time he went into a broom cupboard with that n ice Mr Gore

  85. 85
    Gordon Brown - Ed Balls's front man says:

    Brown is a mentally unstable chappy with many skeletons in his closet.

    Balls picked up on that and projected his Fabian approved economic policies through him. Policies and ideas curiously picked up and developed whilst he was at Harvard.

    Brown was the perfect older gent for Balls.

    The rest is history.

  86. 86
    Sarah Broon says:

    It pays for my telephone calls to Canterbury, my tweetings, and for the fares that I incur when travelling on the Circle Line in the wrong direction.

  87. 87
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Should be a tin of Ye Olde Oak Ham there, perhaps they do not want to offend those from the other religion :)

  88. 88
  89. 89
    Living in the past says:

    I bet Gordon did nothing to correct his error in thinking he was still the Prime minister.

  90. 90
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    I see you have absorbed the book. :-)

  91. 91
    £10,000 a week?! says:

    £10,000 a week?! £10,000 a week?! £10,000 a fucking week?! Utter, utter, utter, utter c-unts.

  92. 92
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    We Romas love your free food Food Banks……… stupid people:)

  93. 93
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    I can’t really believe that these two paragons of virtue would take advantage of their position in this way, the naughty rotten tory press must be making it up to blacken their poor names.
    Its not as if their comrades and predecesors have any previous for behaviour of this type is it?
    Up the workers.

  94. 94
    Becca Wade - says:

    Nice new Jammies Sarah -must have cost a packet – don’t worry about the video Cam – Charlie’s new hobby really

  95. 95
    Mitch says:

    He tried this “non-specific” trick with Rennard. Surely a leader would ask for more details in these situations?

  96. 96
    Fingals Cave says:

    You will nai find him up here laddy…

  97. 97
    Steve Miliband says:

    Cost of living crisis

  98. 98
    It is Bonkers isn't it says:

    Indeed. One of life’s great mysteries.

  99. 99
    Gordon Bumhole says:

  100. 100
    Gordon Brown says:

    I have just farted into my hand and sniffed it.

  101. 101
    Ralph Milliband says:

    He loved this country

  102. 102
    Gypsy Rose Brown says:

    Pay my extortionate fee’s or i’ll put the Gordon curse on ya

  103. 103
    Peter Mandelson says:

    Gordon’s an amateur, Virgin Atlantic doesn’t have first class, far better to fly on the Arab carriers, they know how to get you serviced.

  104. 104
    Timothy Yeoman (English to the core) says:

    No Englishman has ever conducted himself improperly or disreputably, nor has any Englishman ever exhibited any defects of character.

  105. 105
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Steady on there, don’t you know there is a cost of living crisis?

  106. 106
    Three Monkeys: LibLabCon says:

    Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

  107. 107
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Where’s Sue?

  108. 108
    Anonymous says:

    English citizens are ignorant, foolish, blind deaf and dumb. They need to be to elect criminals such as brown and partners to rule over them.

  109. 109
    You can Bullshit but You can't hide. says:

    Clegg is Bullshitting. I am glad that at least some members of the press have realised this.

  110. 110
    Jimmy says:

    Wow. Guido must have given shedloads to charity if he can sneer at 900k.

  111. 111
    Concerned Citizen says:

    Crikey, he spends more on flights than Nigella Lawson.

    Look at all the investment banks and hedgefunds giving him donations. Presumably it’s payback after he gave them a big bailout when he was Prime Minister.

  112. 112
    Anonymong says:

    When he flies to Davos, does he Pass Da Duchy (of Luxembourg) On Da Left Hand Side?

  113. 113
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Don’t mention the Bliar Faith Foundation…….

  114. 114

    Have you seen the price of fizzy orange recently?

  115. 115
    Questions of our time says:

    Just what did David Cameron do this week that justifies his salary ?

  116. 116
    Oh feck, I thought you meant to copy and paste it all says:

    Gordon is such a nice man. He is kind and thoughtful and always caring as regards his constituents. I cannot praise him highly enough.

    Sue: Can you copy and paste this and post on that Guido site? I can’t send it myself as he will have access to the IP address.

  117. 117
    Anonymong says:

    Has his glass eye fallen out?

  118. 118
    Concerned Citizen says:

    It’s all banks and hedgefunds. They’re paying him back for the billions he gave them for free in the bailout.

  119. 119
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Stop picking on him, he is getting on dealing with the Labour cost of living crisis!

  120. 120
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Yes, he needs it for his cost of living crisis.

  121. 121
    Selohesra says:

    two money grabbing socialists?

  122. 122
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    hahahahahahahaha funniest today, isn’t that right Sue?

  123. 123
    Jen The Blue says:

    Roll on Scottish independence so someone else can pay for these champagne socialists.

  124. 124
    All LibLabConners are Shit says:

    Continued his caring loving support for the LGBT community, especially his gay boyfriends

  125. 125
    Professor Paul Klugman says:

    Gordon Brown saved the world, simple as that. His vision, courage and statesmanship at the historic 2009 G-20 London summit served as a beacon of hope to all nations.

  126. 126
    Soory to say this, but says:

    I don’t think that you get the point, Jimmy.

  127. 127
    bs says:

    Hound the bastard Guido – lovely stuff

  128. 128
    Owen Jones says:

    Hello Jimmy. Would you like to go to the toilet with me ? ** coy smile **

  129. 129
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    Did it come out smelling of roses?

  130. 130
    Her Maj the Queen says:

    Subjects, not citizens.

  131. 131
    Yeah,right.... says:

    Does no-one else find the news that people will pay $100,000.00 to listen to this hopeless, unelectable, delusional and possibly slightly bonkers politician talk slightly disturbing?

  132. 132
    Ellie-Mae (9) says:

    $100K …f*cking hell there’s some stupid yanks out there…mind you, we pay the cvnt 60K a year for sweet f.a.

  133. 133
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    If you’re talking Berocca – yes – it’s scandalous.

    That’s one of the five a day off the menu.

  134. 134
  135. 135
    (Rarely) Dangerous Brian says:

    Mandleson, you are bent.

  136. 136
    hoodwinked says:

    Purchasers of cheap gold?

    The advance notice of the substantial sales drove the price of gold down by 10% by the time of the first auction on 6 July 1999. With many gold traders shorting, gold reached a low point of US$252.80 on 20 July. The UK eventually sold about 395 tons of gold over 17 auctions from July 1999 to March 2002, at an average price of about US$275 per ounce, raising approximately US$3.5 billion. By 2011, that quantity of gold would be worth over $19 billion.

  137. 137
    Some pigs are more equal than others says:

    Typical FUCKING socialist.

    Dear people-who-vote-labour-because-that’s-what-people-like-me-do (I was one myself once):

    – WAKE UP!!!!!!! These shit-stains in the Labour Party couldn’t give a flying fuck about you; they’re just want to enrich themselves at your expense.

  138. 138
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    At home with the Broons.

  139. 139
    Impartial State Broadcaster says:

    This story will be headlines on the BBC in 3–2–1………..

    ***tumbleweed***

  140. 140
    Not impressed says:

    Why doesn’t Beiber just fly home to Canada, overdose and die ?

  141. 141
    Gordon Brown's dog says:

    Grrrrr !

  142. 142
    Father Gordon Brown says:

    Look, the money is just resting in my account.

    The Swiss one anyway. Why do you think I spend so much time in Davos?

  143. 143
    Securing the Recovery says:

    Represented Britain at Davos
    Unemployment down
    Socked Ed Miliband in PMQs

  144. 144
    slotgob says:

    oooh Tone, you make me moist

  145. 145
    Sam the Skull drinking Buckfast in Maryhill says:

    Gorgon Cyclops Son of the Manse

  146. 146
    william says:

    Guido, hand over your evidence to HMRC.

  147. 147
    A Right Fucking Bastard says:

    What else do you expect from a one-eyed Scotch cünt who enjoys scat?

  148. 148
    Anonymous says:

    It always amazes me that organisations pay a lot of money to have Brown speak. I would pay good money not to ever hear his boring voice again!

  149. 149
    Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

    I suspect he is only bad at losing money belonging to other people.

  150. 150
    Rabbi Burns - The Jewish Poet says:

    See you fecka! We Scots voted for that nice Mr Brown, not the sassenachs…it was our Bannockburn 2.0

  151. 151
    A Right Fucking Bastard says:

    I bet every cünt who takes anything from that foodbank will go down with botulism now, thanks to that fucking Jock mong.

  152. 152
    Jimmy says:

    There’s a point?

  153. 153
    Jimmy says:

    After all he has the address.

  154. 154
    Foetuses R Us says:

    The cnut’s increased the National Debt this week by circa £2 BILLION yet again.

    Thanks Dave. We’re really looking forward to sorting out the £1.5 TRILLION that you & your mates have overspent.

  155. 155
    Golly says:

    He’s a ghastly deficient-in-all-ways Scots Socialist, what else would you expect? Remaining silent as they do, his constituents presumably approve of a slimeball who as a student used to write his landlord rent cheques that bounced and then boast about it. Filthy unpolished turd.

  156. 156
    Molly The Dog says:

    gtfo

  157. 157
    A Right Fucking Bastard says:

    Half a fucking million quid a year for this fucking shithead to fuck off all over the world. The fucking one-eyed Jock jizz monkey has never done a straight or sensible thing in his worthless fucking existence.

  158. 158
    Graham says:

    Jeremy Clarkson was right when he called him a one-eyed Scottish idiot. But obviously knows how to control his and Sarah’s finances. Both snouts in the trough.

  159. 159
    Graham says:

    Why is this fucking Scottish one-eyed shit allowed to remain as a MP ? The useless Hunt is never in the House of Commons.

  160. 160
    Jen The Blue says:

    Turned up to work at least?

  161. 161
    Why do Politicians do this? His words are chosen deliberately to avoid the question says:

  162. 162
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Yes, TWO money grabbing socialists

  163. 163
    Graham says:

    Why is this fucking cretin in Davos ? Paying expenses from.his so-called charity ? A sick joke. Where are the Fraud Squad ?

  164. 164
    A member of the filthy stinking unwashed masses says:

    How is McMental even allowed on board a plane given his deranged
    cranial cavity, is that not endangering the lives all the people on that
    plane ??

    Better & Safer to take his passport away & keep him sedated &
    sectioned in Jock land where he belongs plus being less of a
    burden to English Tax Payers…..

  165. 165
    Anonymous says:

    Looks like Brown has been telling people he’s also chancellor of the exchequer?

  166. 166
    Sir Barrington Minge says:

    Anyone else noticed that you dont see Gordon and Ed Balls in the same photo these days.
    Gordon looks as though he is Ed balls in a badly fitting rubber “Gordon suit”.
    ( a pair of useless fat bastards )

  167. 167
    Anon. says:

  168. 168
    CYNICAL OLD GIT says:

    Not even HALAL old oak ham??

  169. 169
    Jim says:

    Is the little grey thing pulsing between your ears really that incapable of understanding that not everyone in Scotland is a leftie?
    For us to provide a greater proportion of taxes than those English layabouts, some of us must be working?
    I just wish the English wouldn’t sponge off our natural resources/taxes/exports/geniuses
    I guess when you live in an overcrowded little hotspot underneath us, with a diminishing sense of what your nationality is, it’s difficult to appreciate what Scotland is, and the folks that make it.
    But don’t let that cloud your perception…..
    And for the avoidance of doubt, we’re not all like that fat wee git Eck, or the inept Brown. Nor do we all eat fried Mars Bars.

  170. 170
    Jack Ketch says:

    Brown’s Parliamentary expenses also need to be scrutinised to ensure that the taxpayer is not also subsidising his jollies. The trip to Davos for instance is not Parliamentary business. Former Prime Ministers also receive substantial allowances for “official” expenses–something that Labour and Liberal parties attacked when it was paid to Baroness Thatcher and John Major, but were quite silent on when Tony Blair took more than any other predecessor (quell surprise).

  171. 171
    Anonymous says:

    And the thickos in his constituency will continue to vote for him regardless.

  172. 172
    The Critic says:

    Please -Brownomics in action.Quelle surprise.

    He can deliver overspends for zero return on the world stage and even fail to make a profit when he has no competitors. Perfect Davos fodder.

    Fine skills,honed at our (enormous) expense. Turd polishing was never so expensive…..

  173. 173
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Has Cherie been to the food bank yet Tone?

  174. 174
    Tony and Cherie says:

    10000 a week in expenses is for little people.

  175. 175
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Who in their right mind would pay money to hear him speak?

  176. 176
    Jack Ketch says:

    No they have Upper Class–not everyone would qualify.

  177. 177
    Alex Salmond says:

    Believe in the Lord and He will rescue you from all your troubles! I was in terror that my vote would collapse when people started questioning my dodgy budgeting and massive double and triple spending of massively overestimated oil revenues in my independence plans and then my party would be finished and I’d lose my job.
    So I called upon the Lord Jesus and humbly asked:
    “Lord Jesus, please make the Lib Dems implode so that my voters will have nowhere else to go and have to stick with the SNP.”
    I called upon the Lord and He heard me.

  178. 178
    The Critic. says:

    Jimmy please – As a true Socialist you would be duty bound to sneer at 900K surely? Only evil bankers/Tories could accept such sums willingly without thought for the disadvantaged/poor they stole it from.

  179. 179
    Only chavs shop at Tesco says:

    That one-eyed, slack-jawed, economically uneducated, unelected fuckwit stole around 30% of my pension, for which I foolishly started paying in ’72. Did you all know that while pretending to be PM in, I think, 2008, he declared Iceland to be a terrorist state so no-one could take cash out of the country? Why the Reykjavic lads didn’t sue the fat fucker’s remaining ball off is beyond me.

  180. 180
    A Man From Slough says:

    “travelling on the Circle Line in the wrong direction” – is that a euphemism?

  181. 181
    Dave Maikoff says:

    Sorry, that should be ” a bit of a laugh at ” not with.

  182. 182
    Anonymous says:

    I thought he was quite good at it, actually.

  183. 183
    A Man From Slough says:

    … and a man always kills the thing he loves.

  184. 184
    Sue says:

    He locked me in the stationery cupboard, the mong.

  185. 185
    Gordon Brown's constituents says:

    Very PURPOSEful Common interests, I’d say.

  186. 186
    Anonymous says:

    listen he is only in Davos because that is where all the gold is…

  187. 187
    cep says:

    Palare.

  188. 188
    Ghost of Sir J.S says:

    now then, now then,

  189. 189
    JH394239049023 says:

    Oh yes he fucking does.

    Of course this gets instantly obfuscated both in his mind and words.

    People on Jimmy’s ‘side’ are incapable of doing wrong, remember. When it gets too bad to deny, just ignore it.

  190. 190
    JH394239049023 says:

    Get her!

    Those of us – unlike yourself – who are net contributors to the revenue do indeed need their address to send the cheques to.

  191. 191
    JH394239049023 says:

    No cost of living crisis for Gordon, unless you consider the weight of the cash he has to carry round.

    Not that the tight shit would ever put his hand in his pocket.

  192. 192
    FFS says:

    Jimmy doesn’t see anything wrong with raising millions for charity and spending 2/3rds of it on yourself.

    I think Jimmy must work for the International Red Cross.

  193. 193
    Gordon Brown's constituents says:

    Yep: for carpet cleaning.

  194. 194
    Grandma Moses says:

    Not since you sold your heritage to Brussels.

  195. 195
    FFS says:

    They would vote for the devil on the grounds he was red.

  196. 196
    Gordon Brown's constituents says:

    ………….which was?

  197. 197
    FFS says:

    Maybe that’s what’s happening. He keeps turning up in new countries and they pay him to fuck off. “Yeah, here’s 100K Gordon, now just fuck off. Yes, you can fuck off first class, as long as you please just fuck off”

  198. 198
    FFS says:

    Guys , you should be drinking Cranberry juice at your age ;-)

  199. 199
    helpful suggestion says:

    Clegg should try keeping in touch by reading Guido.

  200. 200
    As I remember says:

    Lefties always believe charity begins at home.

  201. 201
    Living The Charity Lifestyle says:

    I take it those financial investors invite Brown to speak to remind them what can happen when it all goes tits up ?

  202. 202
    FFS says:

    I regularly travel the world on business and rarely run up a bill more than £1000 per week.

    Clearly I am doing something very wrong.

  203. 203
    The ronco wanker spotter says:

    comment 77 = Wanker !

  204. 204
    George Galloway says:

    A true Labour MP. I wish I could be as socialist as Broon is.

  205. 205
    Cupertino says:

    Looks you know as little about tax as the Guardian, Guido.
    Oops, I forgot they are s**t hot!

  206. 206
    Cupertino says:

    But it is not a charity

  207. 207
    melvin says:

    One assumes the investors then do the exact opposite of whatever that evil bastard recommends?

  208. 208
    Jimmy says:

    He doesn’t take a penny. Guido is complaining about the staff and the rent getting paid. Try and keep up.

  209. 209
    Truthspeaker says:

    Well done Guido.

    Keep up the good work and make sure this piece gets sent to every news outlet in the nation – particularly those serving Kircaldy (unlike globetrotting Gordo).

  210. 210
    Lord Branson says:

    Gordon you snot eating moron, do not stand anywhere near my Virgin Atlantic logo ever again. I’m having enough trouble with my airline already.

  211. 211
    Nigel's Red Barrel says:

    Well done Guido, I hope this is on Newsnight but I’m not holding my breath.

    What a disgusting hypocritical creature Brown is.

  212. 212
    Sue Doughty says:

    I do hope HMRC is reading this ….

  213. 213
    Maximus says:

    I don’t believe it’s the first time that McMoron has be mistaken for the PM.

  214. 214
    C.O.Jones says:

    Thats what happens when you inherit a Labour mess. Unavoidable. Remember the Labour front bench wanting more borrowing do you – well let me refresh your memory

    …..TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE….

  215. 215
    IBOMOA says:

    Doesn’t that fall under IR35 Gordon?

  216. 216
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    A disgusting hypocrite. Why am I not surprised .

  217. 217
  218. 218
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    Well he is a socialist .It goes with the territory .

  219. 219
    broderick crawford says:

    ITEM ONE ON THE SPREADSHEET

    HOW THE FUCK CAN ANY TWO PEOPLE RACK UP £102K ON TRANSPORT AND ACCOMODATION WHILST AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY .

    DID THEY HIRE THE STATUE OF LIBERTY AS A PIED A TERRE FOE 3 DAYS ???!!!

  220. 220
    Bosh says:

    One eyed bigoted Hunt for sure, whatever happened to Operation Ore?

  221. 221
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    I have given this some thought and concluded that Gordon and Sarah Brown are total scum.

  222. 222
    Anonymous says:

    Virgin don’ t have First Class, true. Instead they have Upper Class, so all the more appropriate for the socialist, son of the manse and his lady wife.

  223. 223
    Gordon Brown says:

    I was in Davos solely to give Bono and HRH Andrew my advice on how to make money.

  224. 224
    Cherie and Tony says:

    It’s peantuts compared to what we pull in.

  225. 225
    mrs blair says:

    Somebody shoot that slimy fucker.

  226. 226
    mrs brown says:

    And a brown-hatter to boot.

  227. 227
    Anglois in froggieland says:

    Sums seem kind of medest and commendable he gives away a million. Now I am not at all a fan of Mr Brown but this seems a petty attack. So he flies First. So what?

  228. 228
    What Thoughtcrime? says:

    Don’t forget Brown’s special UN position for redistributing wealth to third-world countries in the name of children’s education, for which he gets to swan around at a whole other set of conferences.

    Gordon Brown: Saving the world, one free luxury ride at a time.

  229. 229
    Anonymous says:

    One Tory in Scotland. Your either all lefties or all totally insane

    Probably both

  230. 230
    Anonymous says:

    It really annoys me they did that. During her tenure Maggie never took her salary as a PM

    Compared with the mongrel in the picture at the top of the thread who not only took the lot but dropped it 25 % for his predecessor when he left office

    Brown is quite simply the personification of evil and Labour the Party of hell.

  231. 231
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    This man, who stated being an MP is a full time job, is fleecing the taxpayer for expenses yet is rarely seen in the Chamber. He is a total disgrace. If anything shows why recall of an MP is vital to saving democracy Brown does

  232. 232
    Fuming says:

    He is scum, sold the country out to the EU and is now a parasite eorse than anyone on benefit street

  233. 233
    anonymouse says:

    It’s not a bad scam is it; start up a “charity” donate 30% to charitable works then spend the rest as expenses. Saves paying the 50% tax that he thought others should pay. Arn’t all ex labour PM’s the same!!
    One rule for me and another rule for the “hard working taxpayers”. I think the HMC & R should investigate.

  234. 234
    Gordon Bennett says:

    Gordon Brown!

  235. 235
    Anonymous says:

    Has he spent it all on learning how to smile , or is it he just fucking stupid with money!!!!!!. He spent all of ours on bugger all so I expect he wasted it. He will have a debt of £8bn soon. Useless squinty twat

  236. 236
    Amazed Not says:

    On any view of these accounts there remains a shortfall of just over £1m even after deducting 3 years of “expenses”. I wonder where that might be?

  237. 237
    Bullshit hunter says:

    In between unlocking his jaw every five seconds, Brown wont say anything other than his usual ‘solutions’ of cooperation, working together, global response etc. it’s just platitudes. I can’t believe anyone tolerates the shit that comes out of his mouth given his fucking appalling track record.

    If he was in the City he would have been sacked immediately for getting the coffee orders wrong. Yet he pissed billions away and is still listened to.

  238. 238
    Haribo Halfwit says:

    Clegg sounded proudly dismissive of the idea when Zac Goldsmith called him on ‘Call Clegg’ last week @lbc973

    How I laughed.

  239. 239
    Cinna says:

    Well if the books aren’t being cooked they must be gently simmering on a low light.

    On the other hand if he’s doing his own accounting he’ll be going bust eventually. Just like he did did with the UK.

  240. 240
    Cinna says:

    He’s gone to visit his money.

  241. 241
    If it smells guilty......... says:

    Where is Brown Limited registered ? – Scotland has a common law crime of fraud – “Committed when someone achieves a practical result by a false pretence.”

  242. 242
    Anonymous says:

    Have you still not learned how to take caps lock off?

  243. 243
    Dick Turpin says:

    Turning left would take them to the cockpit. Something strangely apt about that I’ll grant you.

  244. 244
  245. 245
    Bloke says:

    ‘since the company was set-up by Sarah Brown’

    The phrase ‘set up’ does not require a hyphen. Hyper-hyphenisation is creeping into journalism everywhere, as the Highest-Grades-Ever graduates start to come through.

    Ignorant barstewards.

  246. 246
    Dame Leather says:

    Someone elses home

  247. 247
    Trevor on the trolley, Basil on the bar says:

    Glad to know we service you well, Mandy. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

  248. 248
    geordieboy says:

    His cockpit or hers?

  249. 249
    stushie says:

    I’m from Methil (Fife) & Gordo was from the top of the heap.
    He did not have to sweat in the mines/docks/ mills/linoleum works but was boosted by The Kirk/Trade Unions/privileged schooling/(Masons?????) & a corrupt Scots Labour Party. Never underestimate the Fife Mafia.
    Adam Smith rules.

  250. 250
    sparafucile says:

    Gordon was always so damned good at spending other people’s money. But this must be the ultimate in Champagne Socialism. Pass the sick bag …

  251. 251
    Robbie says:

    Is that Davos Dorf or Davos Prats?

  252. 252
    M says:

    Financial conference
    Pay $100k to listen to Gordon brown

    Or to talk to a physicist if you want to avoid a black hole,
    and it’s free.

  253. 253

    set up = verb
    set-up = noun

  254. 254
    Helpful says:

    HMRC have been attacking numerous tax planning structures in interesting ways.
    1. The business must trade with a view to profits.
    2. Incurring costs to cover the personal expenses of members of staff is not conducting the business with a view to profits. If not trading with a view of profits then the expenses will be disallowed.
    3. Expenses must be incurred to further the trade of the business; expenses unnecessarily incurred by the staff could be assessed on the staff
    4. Expenses should be incurred wholly, necessarily and exclusively for the purposes of the trade by staff; if the test is not met and expenses are reimbursed to staff then it should be a taxable emolument.
    5. Expenses incurred for political purposes are incurred for the purposes of the trade and are not allowable

    There are a few others but it might be helpful if someone reminded Revenue Commissioners of the need to treat all tax-payers equally.

    PS a certain chap at Polly Peck set up a similar company a while back and the Inland Revenue had lots of fun looking at its affairs.

  255. 255
    Dick Fisher says:

    Why is anyone surprised at the hypocrisy of our “leaders?”

    This lifetime politician is obviosuly into the habit of never ever considering where the money he and his Labour cronies pi** away actually comes from.

    Witness his jaunts around the world at the expense of donors to their Charity.

    According to the Charity Commissioners, one of the reasons Charities become incorporated bodies is to limit the liability of Trustees/Directors, so perhaps Gord is just hedging his bets in case it all goes t*ts up like the country.

  256. 256
    Eborgleve says:

    There may be an argument as to who was Britain’s greatest Prime Minister, but not about who was the worst – ‘Gordon the Jock’ is just in another league.
    And what do you expect of any socialist – grab as much as you can for number one, that is socialism. If only the English could vote in the referendum to break up the union we could ensure that he and Alex Ferguson and all the rest of them, where deemed f*****g foreigners, and as such deport them.

  257. 257
    Only chavs shop at Tesco says:

    The ubiquitous Anonymous, who posts about other people’s grammatical errors, makes the common schoolboy mistake of confusing the possessive “your” and ‘you’re,” the shortened version of “you are.” The sentence above should begin: “You’re either all lefties……” This is what happens when you spend your entire waking life posting on Guido’s blog. Anonymous must have one hell of a set of piles.

  258. 258
    Cabbage says:

    I’m sure it’s all above board but those figures don’t add-up. Where is the rest of the 3mill?

  259. 259
    NE Frontiersman says:

    A while back in Money Week someone was tracking on paper how an investment fund would fare if its only yardstick was to do the opposite of what Gordon Brown recommended or predicted.
    It beat the market handsomely.

  260. 260
    Biffo says:

    The deluded listening to the deluded?

  261. 261
    Miranda Mandlebum says:

    The old boy is only copying his other prime minister, Teflon Tony.
    He’s got a long way to go to catch him up – at £70 million, and rising!
    They call them the Champagne Socialists. Wait until they’re both dead before you libel them.

  262. 262
    Anonymous says:

    What a total prick of a man.

  263. 263
    steve says:

    guido why dont you give your Gordon brown vendetta a break now, the guy lost it is getting creepy now! why dont you focus so much on the people who actually have power now!!! you have made your point with gordo, focus mate!

  264. 264
    Broderick Crawford says:

    And use my pseudonym again! Prat!

  265. 265
    Rightwinggit says:

    “possibly slightly bonkers”

    POSSIBLY?

    SLIGHTLY?

    What cupboard do you live in?

  266. 266
    Anonymous says:

    HMRC have some pretty strict rules about what constitutes a legitimate business expense when it comes to travel. Unless he can prove that the costs are essential to the functioning of the business then they are a benefit in kind and therefore taxable.

  267. 267
    Observation says:


    people will pay $100,000 to listen to this hopeless, unelectable, delusional and possibly slightly bonkers politician


    “possibly slightly bonkers”?

    Not as bonkers as the people who are paying him to speak.

    A fool and his money are soon parted.

  268. 268
    Observation says:

    He’s there because they will be using his policies as an example of how to destroy a country from within.

  269. 269
    Jim says:

    One Tory, Anonymous?
    Given that you read a political blog, it’s fair to assume you comprehend the FPTP voting system we have for a G.E? You might also notice we don’t have PR.

    So tell me, then, how you can extrapolate having one Tory to equal ‘We’re all lefties?’
    Did it occur to you that there aren’t enough of us to make a dent in the rigged Labour electorate?

    I’ll let the insane comment slip, given that the hyperbole doesn’t quite add up to the facts.

    And I second that comment on poor grammar, your and you’re are two different things, perhaps an indictment of your education system dahn saaf?

  270. 270

    About the same ratio as the UN and most international charities. Let’s have a look at the charities he sponsors. Do they too only spend 30 cents in every dollar on the actual project?

  271. 271
    Bill says:

    If the electorate of Kirkaldy and Cowdenbeath are so stupid as to carry on voting for this moron, then the sooner Scotland leaves the UK the better.

  272. 272
    Peter Mandelson says:

    Make sure Hassan helps me next time i use the shower in Emirates First Class, I don’t want to fall over in turbulence.

  273. 273
    gildedtumbril says:

    ‘Slightly bonkers’. You jest, surely?
    He can stick his memoirs and his speeches up his bigotted receptacle for his ‘moral compass’. That would be where the sun don’t shine.

  274. 274
    gildedtumbril says:

    I believe you mean our money.

  275. 275
    gildedtumbril says:

    I’ll drink to that. Hic!

  276. 276
    gildedtumbril says:

    As always it is ‘right up the workers’ unfortunately.
    All socialists are marxist loonies. All are an icepick short of a Trotsky.

  277. 277
    gildedtumbril says:

    How true. She is simply the most expensive rubber stamp on the planet. She has signed every bit of bollox put in front of her to protect her benefit and privileges.

  278. 278
    gildedtumbril says:

    Bollox. Never give up, Guido, until the nosepicking bastard is dead.

  279. 279
    CYNICAL OLD GIT says:

    HOUND THE BASTARD

  280. 280
    A Homer moment says:

    GB: Ah, virgins . . . y-y-y-young virgins, mmmm

  281. 281
    Anonymous says:

    Turning left takes you to first class when you go straight ahead and up stairs takes you to business class walk through business class then you come to cockpit they are going into a 747 it looks like a 757 in the back ground which is not the plane they are going on

  282. 282
    frank says:

    When will the BBC be running this story?

  283. 283
    anon says:

    Whats Brown level of attendance at the HOC?. Is he “earning” this money at the same time he is supposedly doing a well-paid job of work?

  284. 284
    John loftus says:

    You are incredibly ignorant,about everything!!!

  285. 285
    lojolondon says:

    I really dislike Tony, but you have to concede he is a good speaker. But why on earth would anyone pay 100k to hear Crash Gordon talk?? If anyone ever did, I guarantee it would be the last time, when you can get an articulate Olympic athlete with an interesting story and a history of achievements and success for 1-5k!!

  286. 286
    Anonymous says:

    Reply to Bloke:

    It’s all a set-up…

  287. 287
    treetop91 says:

    We can read all about it in the Guardian next week,shurely ?

  288. 288
    treetop91 says:

    Then the BBC will run it on the news,they rarely get out of the office unless it is to sunnier climes.Places like Falkirk and Kirckaldy are too far north to report about. We will get ex PM’s filing their accounts on xmas eve before too long.

  289. 289
    Madbadger says:

    $100,000 to listen to that tit, talking about finance of all things. Jeez.
    Worlds gone mad, barking barking mad.


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