Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dragons’ Den Star’s LibDem Snub

Dragons’ Den star Theo Paphitis has said “I’m in” to an unusual high-risk investment. Simon Hughes’ sales pitch to the retail magnate worth over £200 million was enough to secure him a £10,000 donation from his old friend and fellow Millwall fan. Though given the LibDems can barely break 10% in the polls at the moment it is unlikely that the usually shrewd investor will get much of a return on his gamble. Clearly not wanting to be associated with a doomed venture facing inevitable ruin, Theo tells Guido: “I am supporting the man and not his party.”

Monday, November 25, 2013

Davey Pockets Private Jet Cash as Holiday Tax Soars

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey recently encountered some turbulence when his department were exposed as hypocrites for making air travel more expensive for holiday goers while charging two domestic flights a day to the taxpayer. Now Guido can reveal Davey has even more baggage.

The Lib Dem has just landed £14,000 worth of personal donations from Air Charter Services Plc and its chairman Chris Leach, who describe themselves as “one of the largest charter companies in the world”, providing 50,000 private jets to globetrotting celebs and businessmen. Whatever could have attracted to them to the Minister who is so keen on punishingly high air passenger duty taxes?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Danny’s Roadmap

Danny Alexander was let out for the evening last night to give a speech in the City about Europe. The Chief Sec stood in front of the banner above, which he described as “a small illustration of our message”.  Poor thing must have forgotten when he pledged:

“The European Union has evolved significantly since the last public vote on membership over thirty years ago. Liberal Democrats therefore remain committed to an in/out referendum”.

What that picture does not show is the LibDem’s path is pointing straight over a cliff…

Nick Boles: Liberals! Conservatives! Unite for Freedom

Well this is a bit different from Nick Boles, the minister who once called for a Tory-LibDem pact. He now says he was wrong to do so, but wants a National Liberal Party instead, in a speech to the Cameroon Bright Blue group he said:

“My question is this.  Is it impossible for us to contemplate reviving the National Liberal Party, or something like it, as a an affiliate of the Conservative Party, which only puts up candidates for election jointly with the Conservative Party?  Existing MPs, councillors, candidates and party members of liberal views would be encouraged to join. And we could use it to recruit new supporters who might initially balk at the idea of calling themselves Conservative.  In three-way marginals and the key target seats that we have to take off the Liberal Democrats, an explicit National Liberal pitch might make the difference between victory and defeat.”

It’s happened before

Thursday, November 14, 2013

SuperClub Pleads to SuperMayor Boris

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Can’t help thinking that giving £773,705.73 in donations to his rivals the LibDems kind of works against the Ministry of Sound. Not that cash donations influence licence applications in local government…

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Simon Hughes Ordered to Apologise to House

An inquiry by the Parliamentary Standards Committee has found that over a period of six years Simon Hughes failed to register six donations to his local party which were linked to him. They say he didn’t not breach lobbying rules, but some of it looks pretty bad:

“The director of Southwark Metals Ltd, a company based in Southwark, asked for guidance in contacting the local council on the development of some land, in which the company had an interest. Mr Hughes made inquiries about this land in 2011.”

The director of Southwark Metals Ltd is a LibDem donor.

The committee conclude:

“we are concerned that a Member of Mr Hughes’s seniority and experience should have failed to observe The Code of Conduct over such a long period and failed to seek advice from the Registrar. We recommend that Mr Hughes apologise by way of a Personal Statement to the House.”

Awkward.

UPDATE: Hughes: “I take full responsibility for these failures and I apologise unreservedly to the House.”

Monday, November 4, 2013

Re-Renting: Davey Claims Expenses for LibDem Owned Office
Money Paid to Company of Which Wife is Director

Dozens of  MPs claims for their constituency office on expenses even though it is already owned by their local party or a friendly donor. Taxpayers end up effectively making a donation to party funds or refunding donations given privately. Parliamentary authorities have cottoned on to the “re-renting” scam and are preparing a report which will once again out dozens with their snouts in the trough. Yet another round of expenses scandals…

Guido can reveal one of the big name ministers set to be exposed is the LibDems’ Ed Davey. He claims £12,352 for 2012/13 on expenses for his constituency office rent in Surbiton – which is more than enough to cover any mortgage. As revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, deeds seen by Guido show that the property is already owned by the Kingston Liberal Democrat Property Company Ltd, and his wife Emily is a director of the company. The building is also being used by local LibDems as their headquarters for party political activity, subsidised nicely by the taxpayer.

We put the £200,000 mortgage borrowing into our calculator with a standard 25-year term and found the LibDems should have been paying just over £900 a month in mortgage repayments, yet Davey is claiming for over £1,000 a month towards rent. The rules state that for an office shared between party political and constituency work the costs should be apportioned to fairly reflect the dual use. So how is he is claiming not just a proportion of the property cost for rent, but more than the entire property costs to mortgage?

A quick browse of comparable local offices available to rent shows that Davey is charging taxpayers double the market rate for office space. The cash is being recycled from the taxpayer into party funds. There is no chance of the Energy Secretary or local LibDems going cold this winter either. Davey claims for the office’s gas and electricity bills on expenses as well.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Loony LibDem Councillor Guilty of Bombing Campaign

Readers will remember the case of John Larsen, the LibDem councillor charged with being responsible for a series of bombs that had blown up cars and damaged homes in his town. Larsen himself condemned the bomber:

“Everyone is jittery, checking their cars. It’s driving people round the bend. You just don’t know when or where it’s going to happen next and that’s why people are so frightened.”

But today a jury found him guilty of three counts of arson, one of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and another of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, including blowing up a Land Rover. Another LibDem going down…

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Clegg: Do as I Say, Not as I Do

“We had half an hour’s notice of Cameron announcement on energy – not the way to do coalition” bleats a LibDem source to 5 News. Odd then that Guido didn’t hear them whining over the weekend when Clegg threw his teacher training grenade. Tory government sources claim there was “zero warning” about the intervention with one claiming “I have a reason to believe, even at the very centre, it came totally out of the blue.” Well totally out of the yellow if we are being pedantic, yet the point still stands. Are we really going to have to sit through another 19 months of this crap?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Don Foster’s Afternoon Whip Around

New LibDem chief whip Don Foster should learn when to keep his mouth shut. While topping up his legendary booze cabinet in Westminster Tesco’s early yesterday afternoon, a far from salubrious looking Foster treated himself to 40 black Superkings and a tin of Roses. Lucidly chatting with a flirty woman in a lovely grey tracksuit, Foster bragged to his mystery lady friend how he had kept the LibDems in line over yesterday’s nuclear announcement despite her claims that “it’s basically a subsidy”. It’s not really the job of chief whip to publicly agree that there were internal party ructions. Then again, that is what you get if you appoint your third choice chief…


Seen Elsewhere

Inside an Islamist Takeover Plot School | Newsnight
Ed Heads to Scotland | Sun
Assad’s New Chemical Weapon Attacks | National Review
Jason Groves New Mail Deputy Pol Ed | MediaGuido
Cocaine Conservatives | Standard
Jezza Browne Responds to LibDem Haters | LibDem Voice
Why Britain Needs to Leave the EU | Douglas Carswell
Who Tells Ed When He’s Wrong? | Speccie
Hands Off Our Cojones, Mr Clegg | Laura Perrins
London Live Averaging Just 2,400 Viewers | Forbes
Ed’s Constitutional Failure | ConHome


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