Wednesday, June 12, 2013

WATCH: Dave’s Tax Dodge Dishonesty

Brutal stuff from Dave on Labour’s tax avoiding donor:

“It is this government that is putting aggressive tax avoidance at the heart of the G8 agenda, and what do we hear this week from the Labour Party? They give tax avoidance advice to their donors.”

His bluster was the only highlight of a dull PMQs, though this is utterly dishonest from the PM. Miliband might be in hot water here, though the truth is that all parties offer tax avoidance advice to their donors, Labour, the LibDems and the Tories. As Guido reported last summer, Cameron’s own legacy scheme helps donors “reduce or even remove completely” the inheritance tax liability of rich Conservative backers.

All parties advise donors on how to avoid tax on their donations. Dave is in no position to take the moral high ground. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wandsworth Tories Put Greening Agent in Crosshairs

Readers will remember Guido’s campaign against Rob Morritt, the Wandsworth Tory councillor caught trousering some £50,000 in expense claims during his time as Justine Greening’s agent. Not only have the selection committee ruled that Morritt is not fit to be considered for selection at the next local elections, Guido understands that they have approved a motion of censure, leaving the thieving councillor with very few options. Guido’s source whispers:

“The decision was swift and unanimousWe are completely fed up with him. He has refused to resign, refused to acknowledge any wrongdoing and he acts like he has a God given right to political power. Despite all he has done, he was offered a way of going quietly and he threw it back in our faces. At last, we are taking a stand against him.”

Expect developments next week…

Monday, June 10, 2013

Not Just Dave Who Gets to Go Away

Holiday watch in yesterday’s Sun column. First up is hard man David Davis who ditched the chance to don his t-shirt and shorts on an Ibiza beach à la Dave, instead racing around in high-powered cars and shooting machine guns. The former TA man was visiting “old friends in Hereford” – the home to the SAS.

Meanwhile Eric Pickles has just got back from leading a business delegation to Kerala, India. Guido can confirm from personal experience that Kerala’s famous curries are the best in all of India, so could this explain the Minister responsible for local government’s 7,000 mile trip? When Guido asked Pickles he was having none of it, insisting that he was promoting exports; “I went to India to explain the benefits and beauty of the British balti”. Time well spent, Guido is sure…

BREAKING: Tim Yeo Reported to Met Under Bribery Act 2010

Afriyie Pal Andrew Bridgen Summoned By Chief Whip

Number 10 haven’t taken Andrew Bridgen’s Brady letter too well. After Bridgen huffed:

“There is a credibility problem with the current leader. It’s like being in an aeroplane. The pilot doesn’t know how to land it. We can either do something about it or sit back, watch the in-flight movies and wait for the inevitable”

… he has now been summoned for a meeting with the Chief Whip. Presumably he’ll be asking them why they leaked his name to the press…

Friday, June 7, 2013

Mercer Feared Guido Would Get Him Again
Wet Blanket Standards Commissioner Least of Crook’s Worries

As disgraced cash-for-questions Tory Patrick Mercer plotted his dodgy Fiji deal, there was one thing concerning him above all else:

“Do you know the website Guido Fawkes? Guido Fawkes will be all over this. Like a dose of clap. He really will. Trying to find out where the corruption is in it.”

He wasn’t worried about being caught by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, he was worried about Guido. This blog uncovered Mercer at it with lobbyists in 2011, when he took £10,000 from a security company and sponsored a pass for its Managing Director. The authorities did nothingThe warning signs were there, the complaint went in, but the corruption continued…

By the admission of a crooked MP, the rules are so weak that an Honourable Member thinking of taking cash for questions or selling amendments to lobbyists dismisses the threat of reprimand. Guido and the rest of the free press are the only ones guarding the guardians. As someone, somewhere once said: sunlight is the best disinfectant…

WATCH: Scottish Tory Leader Car Crash Interview

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

‘Lesbian Proposal’ Tory MP Gets Off

Monday, June 3, 2013

Mercer’s Fiji Farewell

Dear xxxx,

I am writing to tell you that I have wound up the APPG on Fiji with effect from today. You cannot fail to have noticed the controversy this has attracted and I would like to apologise for any direct or implied difficulties that I have caused you.

I look forward to seeing you when I return to the House of Commons.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Mercer OBE MP

And with that, it was gone…

Tory MPs Summoned to “PM Support Group”

In ten minutes’ times Tory MPs are convening in Portcullis House at an aptly-named “support group” meeting for the PM. In the Sun yesterday Guido revealed that MPs had been summoned to the briefing just minutes after the Patrick Mercer story broke. They might have a few questions about a certain other Sunday story as well. Dave needs all the support he can get…


Seen Elsewhere

Keynesian Tories Won’t Eliminate Deficit | Tim Montgomerie
Whitehall Doesn’t Work | Dom Cummings
Russell Brand’s Tax Avoidance Firm | Sun
1 in 7 Young Britons Back ISIS | Times
Apple’s Tim Cook: iGay | Techno Guido
Insurgent Parties Plunge Labour Into Crisis | Alex Wickham
Mind-Bending Politics of Drugs | Mark Wallace
PC Worries Prevent Police Protecting Young Girls | Jill Kirby
Miliband Should Win Rochester | Martin Kettle
Thatcher Minister Sir John Nott ‘Voted for UKIP’ | Times
Time to Listen to Drugs Experts | Guardian


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