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Issue No. 2414

Prince Michael of Kent

Prince Michael of Kent (Pic: Paul Reynolds on Flickr)

David Cameron wants economic sanctions against Russia “to include the cronies and oligarchs around Putin”. 

But MPs, Lords, and members of the Royal family are on the payroll of Russian oligarchs. Cameron’s Tory party accepted a £160,000 donation from the wife of Vladimir Putin’s former deputy finance minister.

Lubov Chernukhin gave the money for a chance to play tennis with Boris Johnson and the Cameron.

Various lords do ok out of the oligarchs too. Lord Mandelson is a non-executive director of the giant Russian conglomerate Sistema.

Mandelson also has Global Consultancy, a lobbying firm which refuses to reveal the identities of its clients. Lord Myners, City minister during the last Labour Government, is a director of the Russian telecoms group OJSC MegaFon, which is controlled by Alisher Usmanov, the country’s richest man.

Lord Owen gets paid by Usmanov companies—Epion Holdings and USM Holdings. Tory Charles Hendry, Cameron’s energy minister from 2010-2012 took a job with Vitol Group—an oil trader which has a contract with the Russian energy giant Rosneft. 

Hendry earns £60,000 a year for one and a half days’ work per month. He is president of the advisory board of the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce.

Prince Michael of Kent is patron of the esteemed organisation.

Politicians' junkets!

It's time for politicians to go on all-expenses-paid junkets. The Conservative Friends of Israel trip this week includes former spy Baroness Neville-Jones and Jack Lopresti, soldier turned MP. They are off to occupied Palestine.

Also going were Edward Garnier,  Andrew Percy, Guto Bebb and Bob Blackman.

Only 175 crooked cops disapproved 

Police officers are being “struck off” at a rate of more than 20 a month.

The College of Policing said that the names of 175 officers have been placed on its “disapproved register”. This is since  December last year. 

The officers have all either been dismissed for gross misconduct or have quit pending disciplinary hearings.

Of those on the register, 89 have been found guilty of gross misconduct by a tribunal while 86 have resigned or retired before disciplinary proceedings were completed.

The names on the list have not been published, but they include 41 officers from the Metropolitan Police.

Three Hampshire constabulary officers are on the list after being sacked in May for incidents of sexist and homophobic bullying.

 Meanwhile one Greater Manchester officer was dismissed and another resigned in January after an investigation into the leak of police data to a drug dealer.

Plod calculator

A police officer sent to deal with a shoplifter was told the alleged offender had stolen seven deodorants and four shower gels.

The officer asked the shopkeeper for the total price of the goods. “We’re a pound shop. How much do you think?” he asked. “About £15.80 then,” replied the plod.

To Cameron the north is a foreign place

David Cameron showed his lack of knowledge about the north by mixing up Newcastle and Middlesbrough live on air.

On BBC Tees in Teesside, the prime minister boasted how the economy was growing 30 miles away in Tyneside and of the new tunnel beneath the Tyne.

Presenter Lisa McCormick told him: “That’s not our region. We are the River Tees. "Does that mean you’re forgetting us?”

Cameron responded: “Oh, sorry. I thought I was doing... No. No, absolutely not."

One Plus One equals about £3 million 

The Department for Education (DfE) seems to have been hoarding all the cash.

It could afford to chuck £2.7 million at One Plus One, a charity based on forcing people to stay together by "strengthening relationships".

The "relationship charity" has spent some £45,000 on a  so-called “love nuggets” programme (no joke), which is full of insights about how to keep a relationship going. Tips include running a bath for a partner or making them a cup of tea.

One Plus One's website explains how conflict in relationships can occur by referring to the “fundamental variations between male and female brains”.

[At One Plus One's request this article has been updated to make clear that ONLY £45,000 has been spent on the love nuggets programme.]


‘Just the kind of man with whom you’d like to go shooting’
Country Life is still mourning “clubbable” Owen Paterson no longer being environment secretary 

‘Distasteful obsessions with money and celebrity glitz’
The Daily Mail on “Middle East peace envoy” Tony Blair after his decision to hold a birthday party for his wife while Gaza is bulldozed

‘She was brilliant’
Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron admires Margaret Thatcher

‘Why is there no school in Gaza? Because no more kids are left’
What Zionists chanted at a peace rally in Israel according to the Haaretz newspaper

‘Owl hurt by Hamas fire recovering’ 
Times of Israel headline cuts to the real issue

‘I’m not happy with the bread situation, boss’
What one Wakefield prisoner told a prison officer before kicking him in the groin. Bread rations had been cut

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The Troublemaker
Tue 29 Jul 2014, 18:12 BST
Issue No. 2414
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