Gérard Depardieu Flees French Tax Tyranny

gerarThis one slipped under Guido’s radar earlier. Following thieving François Hollande’s 75% tax rate for those earning over a million euros, French film legend Gérard Depardieu has upped sticks and left the country. Depardieu has moved literally yards across the border to Belgium, earning himself a 25% tax break in the process.

The taxodus continues…

Best of Times, Worst of Times

As the tributes flood from Times staff to James Harding here is how he stood with the other editors:

Word is that him and Rupert were barely on speaking terms. 

Times Up: Harding Out at Thunderer

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Apparently Harding went at the request of News Corp and will stay at News International in a different role. Peston says John Witherow is coming over from the Sunday Times – no news yet on his replacement if so, but the Guardian say otherwise:

Developing…

UPDATE: Harding’s statement:

Craig Oliver Also Threatened Telegraph Over Miller

The second government aide who threatened the Telegraph over the Maria Miller expenses story has been named as No10 director of communications Craig Oliver:

“In a phone call to the editor of this newspaper, Craig Oliver indicated that the article may be poorly timed as “she [Maria Miller] is looking at Leveson at the moment”…It can now be disclosed that after the contacts between Mrs Miller’s adviser and the newspaper, Mr Oliver phoned Tony Gallagher, the editor of the Daily Telegraph, last Friday morning. He said that Mrs Miller was “very distressed” about her family being questioned over her expense claims. The Downing Street communications director said that the Cabinet Minister, who is currently overseeing negotiations over a new system of press regulation, was considering making a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission. He then raised the fact that Mrs Miller was leading the Government’s response to the Leveson report which recommended statutory press regulation.”

It’s not the first time that Craig’s cack-handed media manipulation has emerged. See below for a classic example of a Craig Oliver bollocking:

Divide and Snooze

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Not just an unfortunate shot, Diane genuinely dozed off…

Via @ChristianJMay

Labour Taxed Poor More and Rich Less Than Coalition

With the dividing lines for the next election seemingly drawn at PMQs, one of Ed’s main attack lines is the claim that the Tories are hurting the poor and helping the rich. But do the stats back him up? According to HMRC these are the average income tax rates across the pay scale comparing Labour between 2009-10 and the Coalition for 2012-13:

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It is clear that lower earners paid more income tax under Labour than they do under the Coalition, while high earners are paying more now than they did back in 2009-10. This graph shows the relative percentage change in average income tax rates between Labour and the Coalition:

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Guido isn’t too happy about the higher-earners end of things, believing that the rich have suffered enough already and we are beyond Laffer optimal tax rates, though you can bet the Conservatives are rather pleased they listened to the LibDems and raised the lower threshold. This should be hammered home by the Tories every single day until the election…

WATCH: “Do You Know Your Horse is Gay?”

Fresh from the success of getting Kier Starmer of the CPS on board, the Reform Section 5 campaign to remove “insulting words or behaviour” from the Public Order Act made today’s Daily Politics, as policeman-impersonator Peter Tatchell pounded the streets with a gay pantomime horse. Quite a meeting of minds…

Quote of the Day

Dan Hodges opines

“Ed Miliband’s decision to fight the Tories on welfare is the biggest tactical blunder since General Custer said “I hear the Little Big Horn’s looking good this time of year”.”

Full Text of Brian Leveson’s Australia Speech

Madness.

Leveson All in a Muddle Down Under

Leveson has been speaking in Oz this morning. The man who only realised half way through his own inquiry that most journalists did not write their own headlines, has been dispensing some more pearls of wisdom about newspapers. Apparently bloggers are to blame for the drop in media standards and ethics, as it is making  hacks have to work harder and “undermine media standards through encouraging them to adopt a casual approach to the law”. Yes, it’s all those pesky bloggers fault that the News of the World hacked phones…

Most print hacks, especially in Westminster, are already are bloggers and tweeters. Leveson should have looked at the level of content produced on websites and on Twitter compared to what actually makes it into to print. The ‘can’t beat, so join them’ horse has already bolted.

Leveson’s attempts to shut the stable door through statutory regulation is looking increasingly absurd.

PMQs LIVE: Stop the Press Edition

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Comments in the comments please…

Final-Media-Guido-EyesWatch the Pope send his first tweet…

…Over on MediaGuido

WATCH: The Pope Tweets

https://twitter.com/Pontifex/status/278808536404852736

An encouraging start from His Holiness, no Ed Miliband-style typos or accidental trolling of any of the other major religions. He’s no Dalai Lama though…

Gay Rights Campaigners Want to Force Church Marriages

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Chris Bryant and Cameroon gay marriage campaigners claim that churches will never be forced to bless gay marriages against their conscience. Christians, conservatives, liberals and gays have all expressed anger at Maria Miller’s shambolic gay marriage proposals, and UKIP are wasting no time in taking full advantage. Compromises please no one, and the futility of the entire exercise has been compounded by gay rights campaigners coming out against the government’s line. Backed by Ed Miliband, Peter Tatchell has made Farage’s morning by arguing that the so-called “quadruple lock” legislation banning the Church of England from performing gay marriages could be a breach of human rights laws:

“This faith-based discrimination could be open to legal challenge. The government is treating two churches differently from all other religions. Discriminating between faith groups is probably illegal under the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Out4Marriage’s James-J Walsh is also critical, attacking the “enforced bar” put in place by the state. Miller put her faith in the supposedly unbreakable “quadruple lock” swaying Tory MPs’ votes, gay rights campaigners aren’t having any of it. Tatchell and others won’t stop until the Pope, Dalai Lama and Imams bless gay marriages in their places of worship…

SpAd Put Through the Mill-er

Accusations from the Tories that the Telegraph coordinated their Maria Miller expenses story to coincide with the gay marriage announcement yesterday went down very badly over at Buckingham Palace Road. Still smarting, they have thrown the ‘rules’ out of the window and published rather embarrassing communications between Miller’s people and the paper in the run up to the story coming out:

“The Telegraph has decided to disclose details of the private conversations amid widespread concern about the potential dangers of politicians being given a role in overseeing the regulation of the press. When a reporter approached Mrs Miller’s office last Thursday, her special adviser, Joanna Hindley, pointed out that the Editor of The Telegraph was involved in meetings with the Prime Minister and the Culture Secretary over implementing the recommendations made by Lord Justice Leveson.

“Maria has obviously been having quite a lot of editors’ meetings around Leveson at the moment. So I am just going to kind of flag up that connection for you to think about,” said Miss Hindley. Miss Hindley also said the reporter should discuss the issue with “people a little higher up your organisation”.”

Not the best way to try to fight a negative story and particularly chilling in light of the fact Ofcom answers to the Culture Secretary – the exact chain of command that would control Leveson’s state backed press regulator. Eyebrows were raised about levels of experience after the Adam Smith mess at Culture when Miller hired Hindley back in September. She had been at Prince Charles’ Foundation as head of comms after a relatively junior role in the CCHQ press office. A pretty awkward situation…



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