Drakeford Lapped up Luxury 5* Qatari-Funded Hotel Stay

Co-conspirators will need no reminder of Labour’s stance on the Qatar World Cup, with Sir Keir very eager to publicise his Shadow Cabinet’s boycott. This message didn’t reach Cardiff, however. A BBC FOI Request has revealed that Mark Drakeford’s harsh words for Qatar’s human rights record didn’t weigh on his conscience, as he enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to the Arab nation; with £13,000 flights and a five-star hotel stay. All courtesy of the Qatari government.

The First Minister and his entourage were treated to three nights in the swanky Ritz-Carlton in Doha. While there, the first minister enjoyed access to seven restaurants, a private beach and a 235-slip marina. The First Minister would also have been able to bask in the glow of the largest chandelier in the Middle East…

After a hard day of “raising concerns”, Drakeford would have been able to relax in the hotel’s luxury spa.

Perfect for managing Mark’s “anxieties” about human rights, workers’ rights and LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar.

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Pidcock Aims to Pocket Stamp Duty Savings and Property Profits

Former Corbynista MP, think tank boss and ‘future leader of the Labour Party’ Laura Pidcock is wasting no time in making the most of Kwasi’s sweeping programme of tax cuts. The short-lived shadow cabinet minister has just put her house on the market, conveniently coinciding with reductions to stamp duty thresholds. Whoever purchases Pidcock’s pad will only be paying £5,000 in stamp duty and wouldn’t need to pay anything if they were a first-time buyer. That’s a saving of £2,500…

Of course, Laura won’t be making the savings herself, though it should encourage buyer interest and she will likely be benefitting from it on wherever she buys next. Considering the value of her property has risen by £115,000, she shouldn’t do too badly out of the move…

For interested co-conspirators, the property is a detached three bed, two bath. It comes with a double garage, so plenty of room for foot-crushing SUV’s.

Laura’s bookshelves are adorned with a raised fist statuette and all the expected left-wing required reading, including Red Ellen”, about socialist trailblazer Ellen Wilkinson, a book titled “Join a Trade Union” and a Corbyn biography. Was living through it not enough?

The property has an energy rating of D, so clearly room for improvement with a Green New Deal…

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Through the Keyhole: Gove Edition

The harsh reality of separation has caught up with Michael Gove and Sarah Vine, after their multi-million west London townhouse has now been put on the market following the announcement of their divorce. Their neighbours will no doubt be relieved to see the throng of cameras and hacks finally depart the street as well…

The property comes with 4/5 bedrooms, a double reception, a library – currently stuffed with political history books – two floors of living & entertaining space, as well as a walled garden. You can also re-enact Michael’s multiple declarations of leadership intent in front of your own black-doored No. 10…

It also looks like Beatrice has redecorated, as her infamous graffiti-ridden bedroom – described by Vine as a “pit” – is now to be seen by prospective buyers.

As required, the letting agency informs potential buyers that the home has an energy efficiency rating of only an E, despite the potential to upgrade it to a C. Pretty shoddy of the former environment secretary to have not already made the necessary improvements…

UPDATE:  The price isn’t on the listing, don’t expect to get change out of £2.25 million.

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Through the Keyhole: Boris’s Pet-Friendly Oxfordshire Pad Yours for £4,250-a-Month

With renovations on the Downing Street residence complete, Boris has now decided to make adjustments to his property portfolio by listing his cosy four-bedroom Oxfordshire cottage on the rental market for just £4,250 a month. Featuring a heated swimming pool and a tennis court, Guido takes you through the keyhole of this gorgeous Grade-II listed rural home that includes sweeping countryside views, a ‘garden room’ annexe (whatever that is), and mahogany flooring throughout the property. Although renters beware: it does not include furniture…

Unfurnished though it may be, the Prime Minister / landlord has sweetened the deal by allowing animals onto the property, with the listing showing that potential tenants with pets will be ‘considered’… 

Chequers obviously makes it surplus to needs for now…

Hat-tip: Katie Hind, The Mail on Sunday

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Through the Keyhole: Former MI6 Boss’s Bomb-Proof Luxury Whitehall Penthouse

The property market has experienced something of an explosion since the end of lockdown, a boom which ironically includes this bomb-proof Whitehall penthouse apartment that used to belong to Sir Mansfield Smith-Cummings, the first SIS director. Sir Mansfield is cited as the inspiration behind the Bond character “M”…

The apartment will require a Goldfinger to snap up, having joined the market at £5.5 million. Split over three floors, with three bedrooms and a roof terrace overlooking the Thames and the London Eye, the luxury suite sits between the Old War Office and Whitehall Gardens.

Don’t wait around – you may not be able to Buy Another Day…

Beauchamp Estates are leaning into the spy theme of the flat, writing “located in the eaves of the building, [the opportunity] helps to shine a spotlight on the thrilling history of the secret service and the 007-style agents”.

Knowing London’s property market, no doubt the flat will be snapped up From Russia with Love…

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Through-the-Keyhole: George Osborne’s Post-Brexit House Price Fall Prediction Comes True

Despite upping sticks to a new £1.6 million Somerset house, George Osborne is yet to sell his Notting Hill pad, originally listed on Domus Nova in March. The six-bedroom mansion was listed for £4.95 million, however the pandemic has clearly taken its toll on the luxury London housing market as just four months later Guido spots a million quid has been sliced off the asking price. Osborne did warn house prices would take a hammering in post-Brexit Britain…

At its new bargain price of only £3.95 million, Guido once again invites you through the keyhole of Osborne’s house; with a reception room, dining room, family room, grand study, two guest bathrooms, a terrace and a walled garden.

Guido presumes the painting of Frances in the living room won’t be included…

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