People against sugar tax, my arse

August 21, 2016

‘People Against Sugar Tax’ are corporate astroturf: right wing PR pros, some long term defenders of the tobacco industry, pretending to be something else. You can donate. You can even work for them if you fancy tweeting health busting corporate propaganda for no pay. This is a quick post looking at who these ‘people’ really are. Read the rest of this entry »

Garden Bridge: a Garfield Weston Foundation of misery

August 7, 2016

Garden Bridge sponsor, the Garfield Weston Foundation donates circa £50m pa to hundreds of charities. Wow. What’s not to like? Well, apart from the churlish suggestion that a few family heirs alone allocating massive resources is, er, undemocratic, let us admit such benevolence is built on tax evasion, land grabs, forced labour and the death of workers. Read the rest of this entry »

Alexander Lebedev, the Panama Papers & other WTF coincidences!

July 31, 2016

From planet earth the sun and moon look the same size. Mark Twain was born and died on subsequent passings of Halley’s comet. Both “Alexander Lebedev” and “Evgeny Lebedev” appear in the Panama Papers yet these are not the ex-KGB oligarch press baron and his dandy son of the same names. Read the rest of this entry »

Property Tax Fact: Lambeth 35 times cheaper than Brussels

July 28, 2016

A $1m home in Brussels pays $113,000 tax pa. In Lambeth it pays $3,312.

The housing crisis is not a mystery. Read the rest of this entry »

The plot against Jeremy Corbyn?

July 24, 2016

Suggesting a spooky hand behind the smearing of Corbyn, has Len McCluskey gone full Harold Wilson? Richard Murphy, MI5 and the rebels of the PLP sneer at the idea but a less than exhaustive public realm research assignment casts doubt on crackpot certainty.

McCluskey even quotes an example of MI5 infiltrating his union yet a Whitehall source insists the intelligence services “would never – and could never – engage in this type of activity”.

Er? Read the rest of this entry »

Ian Taylor, the Garden Bridge and war

July 16, 2016

The Garden Bridge are “thrilled” to be sponsored by the Taylor Family Foundation. An hour on Google can drive you to despair – what a dirty, bloody business this bridge building is. Read the rest of this entry »

Tom Watson Voting Record & brief CV

July 15, 2016

As the party heavyweight plots to scalp yet another leader let’s see what’s what with Tom Watson. He is a lefty, right?

Where to start? Where else:

Watson voted for the Iraq war and against an inquiry into the Iraq war. He voted for troops in Afghanistan and he voted to bomb Syria. He didn’t turn up for the vote on bombing Libya yet castigated an opponent about the possibility of sending troops. Read the rest of this entry »

Owen Smith Voting Record & mini profile

July 13, 2016

Owen who? “Owen Smith Voting Record” is trending on twitter. Here’s a quick summary of what surprises me from an MP who claims the “left” as he pursues party leadership. 

Owen Smith joined Parliament in 2010, so unlike co-conspirators (stand up Tom Watson) is not tainted with having voted for the Iraq war. Although he admits he might have done so given the opportunity. more

Coin St Cops in SE1 Gang war?

June 3, 2016

A little known quasi-private MPS team have launched a crackdown on a possible SE1 snatch and grab moped gang.

Last year the MPS quietly started the Met Patrol Plus scheme. A hire one rozzer get one free offer open to councils and partners.

South Bank BID is a local business interest group. more

Housing Crisis Fact: NYC & London Tax

June 2, 2016

In NYC a £10m house pays £100k tax per year. In Westminster it pays £1,300.

There’s your London housing crisis right there. more