DfID Slams “Poorest Performer” Baroness Scotland

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The Department for International Development has delivered a scathing assessment of Baroness Scotland, labelling her Commonwealth Secretariat one of the “poorest performers” when it comes to spending taxpayers’ money. A new DfID report out today has found “the Commonwealth Secretariat continues to underperform” and that “improvement is essential if DFID is to continue to fund the organisation”. The report warns “the Secretariat requires urgent organisational reform” in terms of “transparency” and “human resource management”, slamming Scotland’s department for its poor “financial management and budget discipline”. The Commonwealth Secretariat scored a mark of 2 out of 5 on transparency, accountability and value. This could not be a more damning indictment of Baroness Scotland’s exorbitant spending and lack of accountability…

Amy Lame Quietly Ends Cushy Property Deal After Guido Story

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Amy Lame has terminated the cushy property deal involving her company and her partner following Guido’s story last week. On Friday we revealed that Lame runs her taxpayer-funded company from the subsidised student accommodation of her partner, who she employs as company secretary. On Tuesday, Lame made two filings to Companies House: the first ending the employment of her partner Jennie Hogan, the second changing the company’s registered address from Hogan’s subsidised flat to a new address on Great Russell Street. It was a very naughty arrangement – Hogan let Lame run her taxpayer-funded business from her College flat in return for a share of the profits, all while no income tax was paid. Quietly ending the deal after Guido shone a light on it looks very guilty indeed…

Baroness Scotland For Sale

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Art lovers will be thrilled to discover a oil painting of scandal-hit Baroness Scotland is for sale. This Youldon, painted in 2007, was showcased recently by a group of lefty luvvie lawyers – now one lucky fan could hang the Baroness in their loo and reminisce about her asking for £300 of taxpayers’ money for a new toilet seat. Luckily the cost includes delivery and the frame. Don’t worry, just put it on expenses…

Suzanne Loses £5,000 Deposit

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The UKIP leadership contest was costly for Suzanne Evans: she unfortunately fell just short of the 20% needed to keep her £5,000 deposit. Added to the £5,000 she owed UKIP this summer, that means the party will have asked her for ten grand in the last few months. That’s around a fifth of UKIP’s total donations this quarter…

Cushy Property Deal For Amy Lame’s Taxpayer-Funded Firm

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Sadiq Khan’s aide Amy Lame runs her taxpayer-funded company from the subsidised student accommodation of her partner, who she employs as company secretary. Lame’s City Hall salary is paid into her company Amy Lame Ltd, meaning she pays no income tax. Amy Lame Ltd is registered to her partner Jennie Hogan’s address in leafy Mecklenburgh Square. The property is owned by Goodenough College, where Hogan is a chaplain – it is listed by the College as subsidised accommodation costing around one-third less than market rates. Hogan is a shareholder and company secretary of Amy Lame Ltd. 

It is a cushy deal – Hogan lets Lame run her taxpayer-funded business from her College flat. In return, Hogan gets a share of the profits. All while no income tax is paid. This is a financial arrangement that would make Ken Livingstone proud…

UPDATE: Tory GLA leader Gareth Bacon says:

“Another day, and there are further serious questions for Amy Lamé to answer. The Mayor of London should take control of this situation, reverse his decision to pay her through a personal service company and avoid bringing the reputation of City Hall into further disrepute.”

Vote Leave Alumni Tell May To Spend Brexit Dividend on NHS

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Thirteen leading Leave campaigners including Michael Gove and Gisela Stuart have urged the government to keep Vote Leave’s referendum pledge and spend the Brexit ‘dividend’ on the NHS. Buried in Wednesday’s OBR report was the revelation that Britain will get back an extra £32 billion when we leave the EU, approximately the £250 million per week figure which Vote Leave said was the net amount currently being paid to Brussels. During the referendum Vote Leave famously suggested that money could be spent on the NHS. Today Gove, Gisela, Steve Baker and others say:

“When we leave the EU we will be able to take back control of the billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money we send to Brussels each year. We will be able to decide how we spend that money rather than EU bureaucrats. The OBR has revealed that the British people will get back over £10 billion net a year once we leave the EU. We believe that this Brexit dividend should be spent on our priorities – the most important of which is our NHS.”
The OBR verdict is that Vote Leave’s referendum pledge can ultimately be kept by Theresa May, it is up to her whether she wants to do it. It’ll be very interesting to see Number 10 and the Treasury’s reaction, the Brexiteers are starting to reassert themselves…

Gove Trousers £150,000 For Times Column

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Michael Gove is another who’s coining it now his political ambitions are on hold. The Gover is making a cool £150,000-a-year for his new column at the Times, which will no doubt delight some lowly reporters on the paper. It is a good column that’s always worth reading and is a fount of gossip and mischief. Still not earning him as much as Boris got at the Telegraph though. Gove is also writing a book, trousering a £17,500 advance from Harper Collins last month. He says it’s “impossible to calculate” how long it will take him to write. The subject is a mystery…

Osborne Making As Much as a Premier League Footballer

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George Osborne might have been standing at the despatch box yesterday as Chancellor on a meagre £141,000-a-year. Instead, he’s trousered £320,000 for speeches to various bankers in the last two months alone. Pro rata that’s nearly £2 million a year, £40,000-a-week, over £5,500-a-day. More than many Premier League footballers make, and around the same salary earned by Leicester City’s champions Riyad Mahrez, Wes Morgan and Danny Drinkwater last season… 

Osborne made £70,000 speaking to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association in Washington, as well as nearly £30,000 for a speech at Stanford University. JP Morgan paid him £81,000 and £61,000 for two speeches in New York. Then three weeks ago Osborne was paid £80,000 by Palmex Derivatives. He could’ve been slumming it in Downing Street, instead he’s earned more in two months than the average Briton does in 12 years…

Hammond’s £4 Billion Tax Bombshell

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It isn’t just debt and borrowing that are going up, Hammond has stealthily raised taxes too. Insurance Premium Tax is being hiked from 10% to 12% from next June, a 100% increase compared with November 2015. It was just 5% when the Tories got into power.[…] Read the rest

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Another Bankers Bonus for Our Kev

Kevin Maguire loves a bit of banker bashing, he is as Guido has previously pointed out not averse to taking their money. Last spotted advising BNP Paribas’ clients, Guido’s City co-conspirator now says he’s been cashing in from the semi-nationalised RBS.[…] Read the rest

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Sovereign Grant Doubled to Pay For Buckingham Palace Makeover

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The taxpayer will foot the bill for a £370 million makeover of Buckingham Palace over the next ten years. The Treasury has approved a doubling of the sovereign grant, which will go up from £40 million last year to an estimated £76 million next year.[…] Read the rest

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Shadow Chancellor Sold Out on 100% Top Rate of Tax

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These days John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn are aligned with the right-wing capitalist running dogs of the Labour Party on income tax, favouring a 50% top rate. This is yet another policy position on which they have massively sold out. Just five years ago McDonnell’s pamphlet for the Trotskyite group Permanent Revolution, which Guido yesterday revealed included calls to arm the working class, demanded a 100% top rate of income tax for the richest in Britain.[…] Read the rest

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Retail Sales Surge #DespiteBrexit

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Retail sales surged in October, up 7.4% on last year and 2% on the previous month. How are the Remain media reporting the news? Here’s the Indy:

“Retail sales surged by 1.9 per cent in October, far outstripping City analysts’ expectations and showing continued strength of household consumption despite the Brexit vote.”

The Guardian:

“Official figures chimed with other indicators suggesting consumers have largely shrugged off the Brexit vote and defied gloomy predictions before the EU referendum.”

The BBC:

“The figures suggest consumer confidence remains robust in the face of uncertainty caused by Brexit.”

Bloomberg:

“The figures suggest the British consumer remains in robust health after driving the economy to unexpectedly strong growth in the three months following the decision to leave the European Union.”

Economists’ forecasts for the retail sales figures were close to 100% off.[…] Read the rest

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Hedge Funds’ Dan Banks Another £20,000 From City Tycoon

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Dan Jarvis really doesn’t like it when you ask him about his hedge fund backers – trousering cash from City tycoons doesn’t fit with his carefully crafted image as a man-of-the-people who can unite Labour. Well, Action Dan has just banked another £20,000 cheque from Martin Taylor, a shady Mayfair hedgie and anti-Corbyn Labour moderate.[…] Read the rest

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Vaz to Scrutinise Unexplained Wealth Laws

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Today’s Sun reports Keith Vaz has been appointed a member of the Criminal Finance Bill committee despite being under active police investigation. As Guido reported last month, Vaz’s role will include helping to scrutinise new plans to strengthen so-called Unexplained Wealth Orders, anti-corruption laws where assets can be seized if owners are unable to explain how they were funded.[…] Read the rest

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Baroness Scotland’s New Loo Seat Cost £307

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Baroness Scotland charged the taxpayer £307 for a new loo seat in a bathroom in her Mayfair home which cost £24,000 to refurbish. She has also admitted spending thousands to paint six rooms with top-of-the-range Farrow & Ball paint, despite previously dismissing reports as “outright lies, half-truths and innuendo”.[…] Read the rest

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