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Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

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Post by Redflag on Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:23 pm

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Maybe Goves wife will provide the job seekers with the money to buy her expensive facial creams, and maybe while she is at it she could take them out and buy them a new outfit to attend there interview with  so they can get a zero hour contract job. lol! lol!
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Ivan on Fri May 27, 2016 9:27 pm

West Ham's £12,500 donation to the Conservative Party raises 'serious questions' over 'dubious stadium deal'

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West Ham United are facing questions over their new stadium, after it emerged that the club donated £12,500 to the Conservative Party. The money, listed in the Electoral Commission's register, was given on January 14.

The Premier League team's vice chairman and Tory peer, Karren Brady, attended the party's annual black and white ball with club co-owner David Gold a month later. The taxpayer will foot most of the bill for the Olympic Stadium deal, paying for stadium costs down to goal posts and corner flags, at a price of £272 million - of which just £15 million will be paid by West Ham.

Barry Hearn, the former chairman of Leyton Orient who fought West Ham's proposals at the time, was hugely critical of the terms of the deal last month, telling the BBC: "It's a hugely beneficial deal to West Ham and good luck to them. I can't say the same for the LLDC who should go back to negotiation school. My dog could have negotiated a better deal for the taxpayer." Karren Brady said the Olympic Stadium deal was good for the taxpayer.


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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by boatlady on Sat May 28, 2016 10:39 am

Just waiting for the big one that will finally open people's eyes to the corruption of this rotten government
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Phil Hornby on Sat May 28, 2016 4:27 pm

But will it be allowed to see the light of day, or will the Tories' friends in the media manage to suppress it - or divert attention from it by giving pride of place to some sudden Labour 'crisis'...?
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Post by sickchip on Sat May 28, 2016 5:16 pm

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The taxpayer will foot most of the bill for the Olympic Stadium deal, paying for stadium costs down to goal posts and corner flags, at a price of £272 million - of which just £15 million will be paid by West Ham.

......obviously 'austerity' is necessary - until it comes to spending on something as vital as this!
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Ivan on Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:54 pm

It didn’t take long after the 2010 general election for Phil Woolas’s victory in Oldham East and Saddleworth to be declared void. That was because he had knowingly made false statements attacking his Liberal Democrat opponent's personal character.

We now have at least 29 Tory MPs being investigated by the police for alleged election fraud. In most jobs, anyone suspected of committing a crime would be suspended pending further investigations. Shouldn’t these MPs at least be suspended from Parliament?

The Tories have just been to court and failed in their bid to block an extension to the legal time limit that the local police force has to look into election returns in South Thanet, where Nigel Farage was narrowly defeated. Do people with nothing to hide go to such lengths to hinder an investigation?

District Judge Barron outlined in court the reasons for extending the time period for Kent Police to investigate, concluding: "In this case the allegations are far reaching and the consequences of a conviction would be of a local and national significance with the potential for election results being declared void."

According to ‘Channel 4 News, there are 18 police forces that have been given, or are seeking, an extension to the time limit relating to election expenses.

I haven’t heard much about this on the BBC, but I guess I might have missed it.  Rolling Eyes

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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Claudine on Mon Jun 13, 2016 1:08 pm

It would appear that things are gathering pace with the Tory election fraud, Ivan. Marr asked Cameron directly about the Tory bid to try & prevent the police from gaining more time to investigate and all Cameron could say was that the investigation was being carried out correctly and something vague about Labour doing the same thing!
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by oftenwrong on Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:38 pm

Quite a lot of things appear to be "on hold" until after June 23.
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Ivan on Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:27 am

Did Theresa May know that this story was about to break? Could it be why she gave the sleazy John Whittingdale the sack last week? Shocked

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Post by Phil Hornby on Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:04 pm

I can't imagine that mere corruption would be a reason for a Tory to sack another of their kind.

It must just have been because Whittingdale is a complete flabby moron... Smile
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by oftenwrong on Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:06 pm

(Just another day at the office.)

The National Archives are releasing hundreds of government records and notes of Cabinet meetings under the 30-year-rule, covering 1986 to 1988, the middle of Margaret Thatcher’s reign at No10.

But two entitled “Cementation contract: Mark Thatcher and the Omanis” covering the period from 1981 to 1988 are listed as being “retained” for 65 years – meaning they will not be released until 2053 when Sir Mark would be aged 99.

Two others – one entitled “Mark Thatcher and the Omanis; other allegations against Mark Thatcher” and “Request by Electronic Data Systems to employ Mark Thatcher” have been “temporarily retained” with no date for release.

The decision to keep the files closed was ultimately taken by former Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, who served as Mrs Thatcher’s political secretary in the last months of her tenure in No10 and who signed off on the secrecy.


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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Ivan on Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:15 pm

This will all be possible if and when Brexit happens. Those Labour Leave idiots must be so proud of themselves…..  No

Theresa May's plan to slash employment rights and cut workers' wages in poorer areas

Theresa May’s new policy guru has a plan to slash employment rights and cut wages for workers in poorer areas. MP George Freeman, head of Mrs May’s policy board, also believes people working in new firms should have no employment rights, possibly including maternity pay, paid leave and minimum wage. And he says Britain’s biggest firms should pay just 10% corporation tax.

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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by oftenwrong on Wed Jul 27, 2016 12:04 pm

The French have a phrase for it: The more things change, the more they remain the same.
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Ivan on Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:21 pm

Ah yes: “Plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose”. That's believed to have been first used by the French novelist Alphonse Karr, although it also appears in one of George Bernard Shaw's works.

If the loathsome Liam Fox gets his way, Theresa May will soon be well placed to repeat these words of Rutherford Hayes, who was POTUS in the late 1870s: "This is a government of corporation by corporation and for corporation".  Shocked

As you say, the more things change......  No
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Phil Hornby on Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:14 pm

Meanwhile, over at the Foxy Motor Showroom, Shifty Lane, Pease Pottage....

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" It's a nice little runner guv; only 20,000 on the clock and MOT until whatever date I put on the docket, with a full service history since it was nicked last week. It's yours for a couple of grand. No questions asked-know what I mean, squire...?"
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Re: Is this another Tory scandal brewing? (Part 2)

Post by Ivan on Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:32 pm

So many similarities to post-1992: surprise Tory win, small and eroding Tory majority, weak PM, pound falls in value – and no shortage of Tory sleaze.

Tory HQ back MP to avoid by-election

From an article by Natalie Bloomer:-

Tensions are rising between the Conservative Party headquarters and one of their local branches over the involvement of MP David Mackintosh in a £10.25m loan to a football club. The MP for Northampton South is coming under increasing pressure from his local party over the issue, with some senior members calling on him to resign. But local sources from within the party say the central party is backing Mackintosh because they are desperate to avoid a by-election.

The Northampton South Conservative Association were due to meet today to debate a motion which was effectively a vote of no confidence in Mackintosh. But then yesterday the local association issued a press release stating that the motion would be put back because the Conservative Party leadership had "been in touch" to confirm it would be taking a more "in-depth look" at the issue. However, Conservative party HQ swiftly confirmed that no investigation will be taking place.

Mackintosh approved a loan, which was intended to be used to redevelop Northampton Town’s stadium, while he was leader of the local council, but the work was never carried out and the money has not been repaid. He came in for criticism for his handling of the issue after an internal audit found that the council failed to carry out proper checks. Emails between Mackintosh and officers at the council showed there was pressure to have the loan pushed through quickly. The leader of the local Lib Dem group, Sally Beardsworth, said that in all her years of being a councillor she had never seen anything similar rushed through in this way.


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Post by boatlady on Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:05 am

There do seem to be several indications that the Tory party is beginning to lose credibility - whether there will be an opposition party that can replace them seems less certain.

I note with grief continued evidence of conflict within the Labour party
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Post by Ivan on Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:53 pm

Philip Hammond took stake in company shortly before it received government grant

According to records at Companies House, Mr Hammond took a stake of 15% in Hydramach, a food tech company based in Cambridgeshire, in October 2015 when he was still foreign secretary. In April 2016, the company received a share of a £560,000 grant from Innovate UK, a tech start up agency of the then business department.

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Post by oftenwrong on Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:01 pm

Latest proposal, to turn UK into another Cayman Islands tax-free zone, sounds like it could be a nice little earner for some people.
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Post by Ivan on Fri May 26, 2017 11:37 pm

Tories who want to smear Jeremy Corbyn for trying to find a peaceful solution to the Irish troubles in the 1980s should be reminded of this:-

Maria Gatland has been - and still is - a Tory councillor in Croydon since 2002. She is also a former council cabinet member for education, a post she resigned from after being exposed as a former member of the Provisional IRA.

Born Maria McGuire, she even accompanied David O’Connell to the European continent on an arms buying expedition, although they abandoned the mission after it was reported in the British press.

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Post by sickchip on Sun May 28, 2017 2:16 pm

However, the company he works for has benefited from its investments in the likes of Amazon and Starbucks, both of which have been criticised for tax avoidance structures and which were mentioned by Ms May as she outlined her manifesto for Downing Street yesterday.
She said: “We need to talk about tax. It doesn’t matter to me whether you’re Amazon, Google or Starbucks: you have a duty to put something back, you have a debt to your fellow citizens, you have a responsibility to pay your taxes. So as Prime Minister, I will crack down on individual and corporate tax avoidance and evasion.”
It is not clear whether she was aware that her husband’s company was such a significant investor in the Amazon and Starbucks.
According to latest filings on 31 March this year, Capital Group, through its various divisions and funds, including Capital World Investors and Capital Research Global Investors, owned at least 32 million shares in Amazon, worth about $20bn.


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Post by boatlady on Mon May 29, 2017 6:50 pm

It's been a while since they even tried to hide their corruption - these days, if it's pointed out, they just either ignore the comment, deny any knowledge, or mention some lie about Jeremy Corbyn
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Post by Phil Hornby on Mon May 29, 2017 7:55 pm

I am not sure I have ever seen a time when blatant lies are spewed out so unashamedly. In the absence of even a semblance of decency , it is the new Tory strategy for avoiding the horrible truths which are put before them daily.

So depressing - not to mention anger-making...
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Post by boatlady on Tue May 30, 2017 5:34 pm

Enough to get your vote out this time, Phil? (fingers crossed)
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Post by Phil Hornby on Tue May 30, 2017 8:01 pm

I shall indeed be voting this time...
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Post by Ivan on Tue Jul 18, 2017 10:57 pm

Tories refuse to deny Rupert Murdoch role in Michael Gove's cabinet return

From an article by Graham Ruddick:-

The government has refused to deny that Rupert Murdoch asked Theresa May to reappoint Michael Gove to the cabinet or face a bad press in his newspaper titles, insisting that cabinet roles are selected on “merit and experience”. Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, wrote to May last month to inquire whether Murdoch had sought any influence over cabinet appointments and Gove’s future.

In the government’s response, Damian Green, the first secretary of state, did not address Watson’s questions about Murdoch directly but said that decisions about cabinet and ministerial roles were taken by the PM alone. Watson said people would draw their own conclusions about the lack of a denial regarding Murdoch asking for Gove to be reappointed. The deputy Labour leader said he enquired about Murdoch’s influence because it had been suggested to him that the media mogul asked for Gove to return to the cabinet. Watson said: “With 21st Century Fox’s bid for Sky being considered by the government right now, questions about Rupert Murdoch’s influence over Theresa May were already being asked. This makes them all the more relevant.”

Gove returned to the cabinet as environment secretary in June following the general election. This was less than a year after May fired Gove as justice secretary on the back of his ill-fated attempt to lead the Conservative Party. Following his departure from the cabinet, Gove was hired as a columnist by ‘The Times’, which is owned by Murdoch’s News Corp, on a reported £150,000 a year. Gove then became embroiled in a row earlier this year when it was reported that Murdoch was in the room when he interviewed Donald Trump.


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