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Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane was based on the life of William Randolph Hearst. According to reviewers
The film traces the life and career of Charles Foster Kane, a man whose career in the publishing world is born of idealistic social service, but gradually evolves into a ruthless pursuit of power.
You see Guido’s point?
Maggie Thatcher’s salivating disciples, eagerly awaiting their heroine’s Downing Street resurrection, may soon be frothing and foaming instead. Richard Stone’s oil painting of the Rusty Lady will not be hung, as was widely anticipated, on No 10’s grand staircase. Once unveiled she will, I hear,* be confined to an attic – or, more specifically, a corner room up the stairs and left down the corridor. Once installed in the Thatcher Study, as the room in which she long toiled is known, Maggie will languish unseen except by escorted visitors.
Back where she belongs – in Downing Street.
*“I hear” when written by Maguire in this context can be translated as “Damian McBride told me in the Westminster Arms”.
Wounded at home … wanted a news conference… got a low key meeting … didn’t seem to mind being the American President’s poodle …. Brown is desperate … the President pointedly didn’t make any promises about a global new deal…
This was on left-leaning CNN, Fox News basically ignored Brown. That went well didn’t it?
It was Wanless who failed in his responsibility to rein in that reckless gambling.
The government’s holding company, UK Financial Investments Ltd, is the majority shareholder in both RBS and Northern Rock. Based on the pensions data below, the taxpaying public as shareholders are funding a £14 million plus pension for Wanless. Does Brown think his friend Derek Wanless should be so rewarded given his catastrophic failure in his responsibility to exercise oversight of the risk?
Graphic credit : Paul Waugh
*Based on standard 20 x multiple.
*NatWest merged with RBS.
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UPDATE 12.00 : At this mornings Lobby briefing when asked about the City minister’s alleged pension links with RBS, the Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “It is not for me to comment on a minister’s personal financial interests.” Why not? After all, the taxpayers are paying for it.
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Zac Goldsmith: “The hon. Gentleman might like to know that today’s Guido Fawkes quote of the day is the one on drug laws that we have heard cited by a number of hon. Members.”
Mike Hancock: “I am delighted to hear that Guido Fawkes is talking about something other than me.”