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Issue No. 2427

Every little helps as Tesco execs go on holiday from hell

Dave Lewis, the new boss of Tesco, has taken his top executives on a minibreak, where they were forced to do their own shopping, cooking and washing up.

Apprently this will make us shop in Tesco. The company has profits warnings, slumping sales and a £263 million accounting scandal. 

Last week it revealed that first half profits had plunged by 92 percent, to £112 million.

The trip was to a “tiny” self-catering holiday cottage in a remote part of Norfolk.

More than a dozen senior executives went on the overnight trip, where they were sent out shopping at the nearest Tesco and rival supermarkets. 

As for the cost of what sounds like the minibreak from hell, the Tesco chief executive said, “Let’s just say it was a damn sight cheaper than most hotels would cost you.”

Lewis is keen to keep costs down. Last month the company took delivery of a new £31 million Gulfstream G550 corporate jet.

While the bosses get mini breaks, Tesco is boosting staff morale through its new “Retail-tainment” concept of staging live music events in stores.

John Clothier, a Somerset cheese merchant who moonlights as a singing cowboy  is booked to rattle out hits at 20 Tesco branches in the West Country

In his efforts to give the “good people” toiling in the Tesco aisles “a bit of a lift”, he will even take requests.

George Osborne's Downton Abbey posh party

Even poshos like to get dressed up for Halloween. So George Osborne will attend a Downton Abbey-themed dinner with his local Conservative Association.

The show’s creator, and Tory peer, Julian Fellowes, is making a speech at the event. 

Tickets are £145 a pop and the dress is “white tie preferred”, all very Earl of Grantham.

Osborne must be hoping that life doesn’t imitate Downton too much. 

For this series has a public school-educated Conservative prime minister losing a election.

Members of Oxford University’s Bullingdon Club donned tails and took champagne to a viewing of The Riot Club only to walk out in disgust. 

Some of the exclusive club saw the film at Westfield Vue in west London but the sensitive souls were upset. 

A friend said,“They brought champagne because they thought it would be a laugh, but it became really embarrassing.”

The champagne was £3,500 bottle apparently.

Humanitarian fight to stop mansion tax

Will no one think of the victims? Has anyone considered how the hard-pressed residents of London NW3 will cope if a Mansion Tax is imposed by Ed Balls?

Former senior medical adviser to the Foreign Office Dr Harald Lipman lives on Fitzjohn’s Avenue, Hampstead.  He said, “This is a non-partisan, apolitical campaign, it’s humanitarian.”

Dr Lipman and fellow campaigners are appealing for signatures on a petition and have not ruled out a protest march.

He is being supported by actor-turned-MP for Hampstead and Kilburn Glenda Jackson. 

Her son Dan Hodges has been whingeing about the measure from the comfort of the Telegraph.

It has now emerged that under the current rules on expenses MPs will be able to claim back and money spent paying the proposed tax.

Heart attack is no reason not to work

DAYS after suffering a major heart attack and as he lay in a hospital bed Colin Rogers was phoned and told he must continue a government work programme.

While waiting for a bypass operation he received a call about his place on the Government’s Work Programme, delivered by A4e.

He was told by a manager from A4e that he was committed to the work programme he had been signed up to and would have to continue it.

Colin said, “I couldn’t believe that they were ringing me.”

Hillsborough families say no to copper's doctorate

Hillsborough campaigners slammed Liverpool University’s plans to 

award Met Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe an honorary doctorate.

Hogan-Howe was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for investigation over his role at Hillsborough last year.

Margaret Aspinall, chairman of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), whose son James, 18, died at the disaster, said she was “appalled” by the university’s “insensitivity”.

Migrationwatch boss makes it to the Lords

The definitely not racist Migrationwatch boss Sir Andrew Green has been elevated to the House of Lords by David Cameron.

So someone who claims the biggest problem is too many people in an over?populated place is entering an over?populated place to do sod all but laze around sponging off the likes

of us.

Stop press! Lib Dem wins election

A Liberal Democrat has won an election. The Earl of Oxford and Asquith, who is the 

great-grandson of former Liberal prime minister Herbert Asquith, was elected to the House of Lords under the one-in one-out hereditary rule. 

He used to be MI6’s man in Moscow.


  • £50 million - amount the government spent opening free schools
  • £1 million - amount the government spent on proposals for free schools it didn't open

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The Troublemaker
Tue 28 Oct 2014, 17:28 GMT
Issue No. 2427
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