Thursday, July 18, 2013

Huhne Loses Another Legal Battle

First it was his bisexual former aide turned girlfriend’s action against the Mail, then the attempts to get his trial thrown out and now Chris Huhne has lost his legal bid against the Mail, Mirror, Telegraph, Sun and Sunday Mirror for publishing of photographs of him in prison. The PCC have told the former jailbird where to go. With all these legal bills, Guido hopes Chris won’t be forced to sell one of his seven houses…

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Are MPs Worth Three Times What They Were?

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In the mid-seventies MPs were paid in line with average wages, now they are triple average wages. Why?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FLASHBACK: Cameron’s Cash For Access

Labour and the unions might well be in a different league to the Tories when it comes to donors buying access, policy and stitching up seats, though that doesn’t mean Dave is not up to his neck in dodgy donations as well. Adrian Beecroft was  in the “premier league” of Tory donors, he gave well over half a million to the Tories since 2006. Beecroft lobbied Cameron on workers’ rights and no-fault dismissal and he even got to write a report on it. Kerching!

Then there is the case of JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, who Cameron personally advised on the process of making a donation. An impeccable Cameroon source told Guido that he was in the room when David Cameron was directly advising JCB Chairman how to make a donation. He was obviously listening: Bamford has donated over £2.5 million in recent years and lent Cameron his helicopter many times. In 2012 Downing Street commissioned a report from him. Bonus!

And what about Michael Spencer, who boasted in an interview that he knew the government would veto the Financial Transactions Tax, saying he had it “first hand” from a “very, very senior” government figure. Spencer refused to reveal his source: “I’m not comfortable telling you who I speak to in private”. Guido hears that it was David Cameron, over dinner…

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bercows Take a Break

The increasingly grumpy Speaker has spent almost £100,000 of taxpayers’ money jet-setting around the world, as well as clocking up a £16,000 chauffeur bill with Sally.

Not missing home?

Via Mail.

See also: today’s Quote of the Day

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Third of MPs Earn Between 400% to 700% of Average Earnings

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First the facts and figures; MPs are paid a handsome £66,396 plus another £14,582 if they chair one of the 39 Select Committees. If they number among the 169 MPs who are ministers they also receive extra payments to compensate them for the burdens of the Red Box. If they make it to Cabinet they add an additional £68,827 – more than doubling their MP’s salary to £134,565. In short whereas the basic pay of an MP is more than triple the average £19,000 income of UK workers, almost a third of MPs are earning between 4 and 7 times average earnings. This is of course before any outside earnings are taken into account.

Read the rest of The Thunderer

Monday, July 1, 2013

BBC Blows £25 Million on Golden Goodbyes

150 top-ranking staff were given the huge severance payments over the last three years. George Entwistle pocketed £470,000, as well as £107,000 for costs for appearing as a witness at the Pollard Review. The other big winner was Chief Operating Officer Caroline Thompson, who trousered £683,000. In one in four cases the Beeb paid out more than they were entitled to…

MPs Who Froze Public Sector Pay Want £10,000 Pay Hike

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) looks set to bung troughing MPs a 15% / £10,000-a-year pay rise, even though both Labour and Tory MPs support policies restraining public sector pay rises to 1%. As Ed Balls says: “There is no way we should be arguing for higher pay when the choice is between higher pay and bringing unemployment down.” Last week Osborne attacked “some public sector employees” who “see annual pay rises of seven per cent”. MPs are about to get double that. A large group of MPs are in favour of the people that clean their offices suffering a 1% pay freeze, yet want 15 times that for themselves…

Their argument is that they need higher pay to attract the best people to the job, despite there being no evidence that there is a lack of applicants for a job offering triple the average wage plus housing and travel allowances. As things stand MPs are already in a different world; their expenses alone are around the median wage, with everything included they take home more than £1,100-a-week:

Bringing in people who see being an MP as a vocation not a profession is the only change to the system that we need; real people who have done something with their lives rather than ex-SpAds climbing the greasy pole. Under the current system “powerless” ministers bleat that MPs will be able to voluntarily choose not to take the extra cash. The CV of a typical ex-MP is expense fiddling, lying, dissembling, spinning and smiling in pictures. We are fools if we think they won’t line their pockets again…

Mandela On Deathbed, Peter Hain: Buy My Book!

Nelson Mandela’s family has criticised the tasteless “vultures” circling as he clings on to life in his Pretoria hospital bed. You would never find a Labour MP looking to make a quick buck from the sad situation, would you?

Peter Hain cashing in?  Whatever next…

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Does this Government Care About Middle Class Families?

Guido knew that the structure of marginal tax rates following a decade of Brown’s insidiously stealthy taxation and redistribution was malformed. How malformed was only driven home after reading a note from the Centre for Policy Studies. It is obscene how this government has punitively taxed the middle classes…

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The CPS use a simple not atypical example of a married man with two children, who has no savings or investment income, and no student loans. Factoring in allowances and changes to child benefit, his marginal rates will be as above. A middle-class single income family with 2 children and the father earning £50,001 will have a marginal tax rate of 59.5%. You don’t have to be a fully paid-up member of the Taxpayers’ Alliance to think that is far too much.

Next year will be the thirtieth anniversary of Nigel Lawson’s 1984 Tax Reforms. George Osborne says he is Lawsonian, if the Chancellor wants a legacy and the gratitude of the electorate, simpler, flatter, fairer taxes would be the right thing to do. It might win back the middle classes at the ballot box as well…

Friday, June 28, 2013

Another Labour MP Caught in Union Cash Merry-Go-Round

Last week Guido reported how Luciana Berger was charging the taxpayer thousands of pounds for her constituency office rent while working out of a building owned by a union that donates to the Labour Party. Now Mandrake has caught Geoffrey Robinson, he of Mandy scandal fame, doing exactly the same thing:

This is a scam used by Labour MPs to, perfectly legally, funnel taxpayer cash to a donor who then gives money back to the party. If the Tories did the equivalent, claiming taxpayers’ money to pay rent to a private donor who then gave money back to the party, it would be a major scandal. How many other Labour MPs are doing this and getting away with it?


Seen Elsewhere

HealthCare.gov Construction Cost $840 Million | Wall Street Journal
Why Do Feminists Oppose Stay-at-Home Mothers? | Laura Perrins
Chris Cook’s “Excellent Journalism” | Iain Dale
The Deficit Hasn’t Gone Away | Tim Montgomerie
Doctors Against Burnham | Mail
Privatisation is Good for the NHS | John McTernan
Keep Juncker’s Hands Off the City | Allister Heath
Britain’s New Enemies: Immigrants & Capitalists | FT
Today’s 1914 Parallels | Jeremy Warner
David Ward’s Holocaust Denier Friends | Harry's Place
Grayling: Bercow Faces Questions | Sun


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Knifed former civil service chief Bob Kerslake on his recent troubles:

“Many thks for kind wishes following back opn. Incision measured 16cm. A pretty big knife in the back! Photos on request.”



TJ says:

And i’ve noticed that 100% of Guido Fawkes staff are men. Looks like Guido has a woman problem. Or is it an hypocrisy problem?


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