PWC to Host Labour Prawn Cocktail Offensive

In their continued quest to pretend they are on the side of business, Labour frontbenchers are being wheeled out to meet local capitalists up and down the country:

What the invitation fails to mention is “Donington Court” is a regional outpost of Labour’s embarrassing big donor, the tax-avoiding PWC.

So the tax avoidance kings swell the coffers and host the shadow cabinet, yet still Ed Miliband told the House “none of these people had given a penny on my watch…”

Tories Silent on New “Volunteer” Allegations

Following this morning’s unpaid Tory “volunteer” row, more stories are coming out of the woodwork. A Tory activist gets in touch to report:

“I recently volunteered at CCHQ and travelled from outside of London to volunteer at a cost of around £20 a day doing around 6 hours work. I was told I could only claim for the cost of a zones 1-2 travel, which was £4.60.”

Guido put the new allegation to the Tories this afternoon but at the time of going to pixel they have so far refused to comment, instead demanding to know the identity of our source. Guido can however reveal that they were not doing phone canvassing as previous spin suggested. Does only stumping up for the tube fare for Zones 1-2 really constitute “reasonable travel expenses”? Come and campaign for the Tory party, so long as you’re rich enough to live in central London…

Tories in ‘Economic Plan’ Row With Campaigners

The Tories landed a cool £8,345,687 in donations last quarter, but a row has broken over whether the miserly skinflints at CCHQ are failing to pay their reams of election “volunteers”. The well respected Graduate Fog campaign site highlight how Tory HQ are advertising for young turks to “assist with different aspects of the party’s work”, an unfortunate choice of words since “work” falls under Minimum Wage Law.

Tory sources insist these are genuine volunteers mainly doing telephone canvassing – and there is of course a distinction between that an real work – but why then do they need “excellent written communication skills” and “knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite”? “Successful candidates” are only offered “lunch and reasonable travel expenses”.

Westminster North Tories meanwhile are looking for “campaign assistants” to help with “administration, data entry, analysis and day to day running of a busy office”. How much will they be paid for what certainly sounds like real work? “Travel expenses within London” is all that is on offer. Clearly the party is clued up on the internal memo from last year explaining how to word job adverts to get away with not paying interns.

As Graduate Fog put it:

“Are interns at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters really free to saunter in and out as they wish? Having spoken to interns on previous political campaigns, that seems unlikely. They all say they worked like dogs.”

Seems there is no long term economic plan for these hardworking people…

Broke Greens Beg For Taxpayer Cash

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Despite their relative popularity in the polls, the Greens raised just £248,520 last quarter. Natalie Bennett is out with her begging bowl this afternoon demanding the taxpayer foot the bill for her party’s inability to raise funds:

“For too long now the issue of party funding has been kicked into the long grass by the establishment parties at Westminster. It is abundantly clear that urgent reform is required to restore confidence in our scandal-ridden funding system. To cut the rot of vested interests from our politics we should move towards a system of state funding for political parties.”

For all that is wrong with the current system, it’s better than party politics being paid for at the taxpayer’s expense. C’mon Vivienne Westwood, get your chequebook out…

Labour Transparency King Takes Donation From Private Equity Adviser

Labour’s squeaky clean Treasury select committee rent-a-quote John Mann is very hot on party funding this morning, having a little whinge about big Tory money in his constituency:

That would be the same John Mann who, new Electoral Commission figures reveal, has just bagged a £2,500 donation from mega-bucks CVC Capital private equity adviser Sir Trevor Chinn. Chinn has also given Labour £25,000 in the last quarter. If only there was someone Guido could phone for a comment…

“Inappropriate” Tax Experts Labour’s Biggest Non-Union Donors

PriceWaterhouse Coopers, whom Margaret Hodge condemned earlier this month, gave almost £400,000 to Labour in the last quarter.

Also blows out of the water Labour’s line that they are being massively outspent…

Exposed: Another Tax Avoiding Labour Donor

The Mirror report that the latest celeb to be caught up in an alleged tax avoidance scheme is former Man United manager Alex Ferguson:

Investors in Eclipse Film Partners No 35 LLP collectively ploughed £50million into the fund, which totalled £840million after huge loans were taken on. They then bought rights to Disney films Enchanted and Underdog before sub-leasing them back in a deal with the studio.

While this is a common industry deal, HMRC said the scheme was designed purely to exploit tax breaks on film investment and that the LLP was not trading.”

That would be longstanding Labour donor Sir Alex, who even auctioned off his team talk notes to raise £10,000 for the party, and who Miliband has been tipped to recruit as an election guru. It’s the Disney tax scheme, because he disnae pay his taxes (allegedly)…

No Hands On DECC

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The Department of Energy & Climate Change paid £600 to promote just one job on the business social network LinkedIn. Despite the advert being seen by 4,162 people, the number of people who clicked on it was precisely zero.

According to an FoI request, the cash was shelled out to the recruitment agency Penna who “promoted” the vacancy on LinkedIn for them.

Efficient, data driven and on the ball with new technology; it’s everything we’ve come to expect from the DECC.

 

Tories Charging “Cash for Access” to Meet Dave Tomorrow

This pinged into the inboxes of some lucky Tories in the south of England this afternoon. The line in bold has sparked local outrage:

INVITATION
Party Members are invited to meet
The Prime Minister
in Portsmouth
on
Tuesday 17 February […]

Show Us Your Receipt, Ed!

Talking of cash in hand, Miliband had the roofers in to his North London home last year.

He did get a receipt, didn’t he?[…]

Stanley Fink to Ed Miliband: Bring It On

Stanley Fink is very angry with Miliband using him as a tax dodging tool to try beat up the PM earlier. He has a pretty good explanation for his Swiss bank account too:

“I challenge you to repeat your allegation […]

Daylight Rubbery! Condoms in Venezuela Cost $755

Retailers in Venezuela will soon be wrapping up their businesses as the price of condoms in the joyless socialist dystopia climax at $755 a pack. The population is split and the secret police have been unsheathed to restore order, […]



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