Clegg’s Astronomical SpAd Bill Hypocrisy

You’d have thought Nick Clegg might have had enough of everyone thinking he is a massive hypocrite, apparently not. Clegg has just been in front of a Lords committee to slag off high pay for Special Advisers. He’s outraged, apparently:

“We’ve now got the almost loopy situation where the Chancellor is whacking up the pay of his Special Advisers an astronomical amount. Special Advisers in government are now being paid far, far, much more money than they were in the past… Double standards doesn’t even scratch the surface.”

Is he serious?

Clegg is so outraged about SpAd pay that he bunged his aide Ryan Coetzee £110,000-a-year out of the public purse.

He also ordered the taxpayer to pay his SpAd Jonny Oates £98,500-a-year.

Three more Clegg SpAds were on £80,000.

This was the 2013 FoI request revealing Clegg had a total of 15 SpAds costing the taxpayer an “astronomical” £1 million a year.

“Double standards doesn’t even scratch the surface…”

David “The Jews” Ward Marks Holocaust Memorial Day

It is three years ago that former LibDem MP David Ward marked Holocaust Memorial Day with that rant about “the Jews” on Sky News. Since then, Ward has been booted out of parliament and now spends his time campaigning against “Zionists“. So, how did he mark this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day? 

Long-suffering LibDem press officers – who always loathed Ward for repeatedly ruining their day at the office – will be relieved to know he is no longer their responsibility. He never did learn…

Westminster Tories Evicting LibDems

Those remaining LibDem aides who have not quit politics for the private sector are getting ready to pack their bags. Party staff expect to move out from their HQ on Great George Street imminently, after the go-ahead was given to a planning application to turn their office into flats. Just a coincidence that Westminster council is one of the most Tory councils in Britain…

Guido hears that the most likely new home for the LibDems will be Westminster Tower. Where they would be sharing chats around the water cooler with the Vote Leave campaign…

Clegg’s £22,500 Goldman Sachs Bonus

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Those concerned for the fate of Nick Clegg will be pleased to hear that the former Lib Dem leader has netted a cool £22,500 giving a keynote speech for Goldman Sachs. Clearly the company have forgiven him then for slamming them as a reminder of the banking industry’s “recklessness and greed” back in 2010.

Clegg was also tasked with moderating a Q&A session, with the entire engagement lasting a total of 2½ hours, meaning the Sheffield Hallam MP was earning exactly £150 a minute. Well that’s a living wage…

Jokes aside, Guido extends his congratulations to Nick, who would make his millionaire investment banker father Nicholas proud…

Arise, Sir Vince

Vince Cable was at Buckingham Palace today to receive his knighthood from Prince Charles. The glamour was short-lived:

Well at least it hasn’t gone to his head…

Carmichael Gets Off: Cybernats React

Alistair Carmichael, who told voters he knew nothing of the infamous ‘Sturgeon memo’ before admitting he was actually responsible for leaking it, has been cleared by an election court. So no by-election in Orkney and Shetland despite the massive porkie. At least the Cybernats are handling it with their usual charm and good grace…

No trip to sunny Shetland for Lobby hacks next year either…

Revealed: Brake’s Ties To “Toxic” Firm

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Readers who have been following Guido’s stories about the rotten borough of Sutton will be aware of the stink around LibDem MP Tom Brake. Ecolocal, the prominent environmental charity of which Brake is a trustee, was oddly silent about plans to build a 300,000 tonne a year incinerator in the borough. Their silence is even more bizarre given Brake has spoken out in the past condemning “Toxic” incinerators. Something just doesn’t add up…

Brake insists he does not have a relationship with Viridor, the company which landed the £1 billion incinerator contract:

So it must be pure coincidence that two of Brake’s most significant financial sponsors, John and Elaine Drage, have confirmed they are lifelong friends of the former Viridor CEO Colin Drummond. Cosy.

Not only that, Brake’s election agent and donor Elaine is godmother to one of the Viridor chief’s sons. Very cosy.

And who attended the £75-a-head fundraiser Brake held back in March? Only two senior Viridor officials.

Tom Brake says he doesn’t have a “relationship with Viridor”, he just takes money from their mates and invites them to his parties…

Strange Sutton Silence a Brake From Tradition

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Down in the rotten borough of Sutton, the Tom Brake-linked environmental charity Ecolocal has been silent on plans to build a giant incinerator in the borough. Incinerator operators Viridor will be allowed to burn rubbish for 25 years with a taxpayer-funded contract worth £1 billion. Ecolocal is the premier environmental organisation in the borough, yet they were oddly silent. 

Well, Brake himself certainly hasn’t been silent, at least not about this specific incinerator. In 2001, the Carshalton MP railed against incinerators in the Guardian, highlighting the potential for corporations to misuse them for profit, and their negative effects on air quality:

“big incinerator plants are more attractive to investors than small-scale recycling projects…Unless the government starts to tackle the problem of rising waste levels, there will be a dramatic increase in the number of incinerators. My guess is that we will end up with 60 to 70 incinerators under existing government policy… We don’t know all the health implications that result from incineration, but the release of dioxins is clearly a serious problem. Toxic ash from incinerators has turned up in some weird and wonderful places, including on farms as compost-type material.”

Brake certainly wasn’t a fan of incinerators back in the day, so why has the eco charity of which he is a trustee been so quiet about a plan to build one the size of Big Ben in his own borough? Curious…

Brake-Linked Eco Firm Silent On Giant Incinerator

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Readers will be well aware of the stench coming from the rotten borough of Sutton, where the LibDem council gave a £1 million discount to a company of which neighbouring MP Tom Brake is a trustee and unpaid director. Ecolocalan environmental charity based in the borough, won its £600,000 bid for the historic local Lodge building, despite the council’s own valuations estimating it to be worth £1.5-1.7 million. […]

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LibDem Kingston Council Leader Paedophile Re-Arrested

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Former Liberal Democrat Kingston Council leader Derek Osbourne has been taken into custody after breaching the terms of his sexual offences order. Osbourne, who pleaded guilty in 2013 to possessing and distributing indecent images of children, served only half of a two year sentence in jails including Wandsworth and Brixton.[…]

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Brake Linked Firm Gets Total of £84,359 From Council

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More revelations coming out of the rotten borough of Sutton, and its dealings with Ecolocal, an environmental firm linked to the Carshalton MP Tom Brake. Guido has unearthed that not only did the firm receive £34,400 in 2014/15, but it was also paid another £49,959 by the Lib Dem council through EcoLocal Services Ltd. […]

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LibDem Council Gave Thousands To Brake-Linked Firm

Guido has done a bit more digging on Ecolocal, the environmental company of which LibDem MP Tom Brake is a director. It turns out that LibDem-controlled Sutton council haven’t only agreed to sell a historic local building to the firm for a million pound discount, they have also been funding it to the tune of £34,400 between April 2014 and January 2015 alone.[…]

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3 Questions Tom Brake Won’t Answer

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Tom Brake is getting very upset with Guido for sniffing around the decision by LibDem-controlled Sutton council to award a million pound discount to a company of which he is a director. As readers will remember, Brake is an unpaid director and trustee of EcoLocal, which was curiously awarded the Lodge property despite its bid being a million pounds below the council’s valuation.[…]

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Rennard Stands Down: Full Statement

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Lord Rennard has quit the LibDem Federal Executive:

A week ago, I was elected by the votes of the Liberal Democrat members of the House of Lords to be their representative on the party’s Federal Executive.  Any Lib Dem peer could have stood, all of them could vote, and I was elected by 44 votes to 25. 

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Farron Calls On Rennard to Stand Down

LibDemVoice is reporting that LibDem leader Tim Farron is asking the pervy peer “Chris to step down from the FE in the best interests of the party”. This could be both awkward and amusing…[…]

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Sex Pest Lord Rennard Elected to LibDem Federal Executive

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LibDemVoice is reporting that the Liberal Democrats’ leading sex-pest Chris Rennard has been elected to the party’s ruling federal executive by his fellow peers. The Federal Executive is the governing body of the party. During his leadership campaign Tim Farron said “I have no intention of appointing him to any role in the party.” In 2014 after Lord Rennard’s refused to apologise for his inappropriate behaviour towards young women, his membership of the Liberal Democrats was be suspended by the then party president Tim Farron.[…]

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