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Issue No. 2507

Senior Tory guilty of child abuse images?

A former senior aide to prime minister David Cameron has been convicted of downloading pictures of girls as young as ten in sexual poses.

Patrick Rock faced 20 charges of making an indecent photograph of a child.

Rock had been involved in drawing up government policy on internet pornography filters prior to his arrest.

The jury in his trial at Southwark Crown Court in London convicted him by majority verdict of five counts.

He was acquitted of three similar charges.

Judge Alistair McCreath sentenced Rock to a two-year conditional discharge on each count, to run concurrently.

The judge said, “The punishment for you is the loss of your reputation and your very public humiliation.”

Rock resigned his Downing Street post in February 2014 just prior to his arrest.


£206,000 on a croc feed bag

A DIAMOND-studded crocodile skin handbag fetched a world record £206,000 at auction. A private collector snapped up the rare version of a Hermes Birkin bag.

Its albino Nile crocodile skin exterior was treated to turn it into a creamy white and grey colour—to imitate the Himalayas.

It was lined with goatskin, dyed to match the exterior.

The bag has a padlock looped through an 18-carat gold, diamond encrusted clasp which secures two leather gold and diamond straps.

It was hand stitched and is an adaptation of a sack designed in 1892 to hold horse feed.


Posho nightclub waters down the fizzy drinks

THE favourite nightclub of princes William and Harry filled £360 bottles

of Dom Perignon champagne with cheap prosecco.

It also filled Grey Goose and Belvedere vodka bottles—sold for £260—with 1860 Imperial vodka priced £10.

Customers charged £360 for Dom Perignon would face a mark-up of a dizzying 3,900 percent if served the phoney bottles.

Tables at the plush south west London venue came with a minimum spend of £500 to £1,500.

Platinum Parties, a website flogging tables and VIP booths, said, “All tables include the minimum spends worth of bottles of your choice from a menu provided.

All bottles are brought out to you with fireworks. For example, on a £1,000-spend table you could choose (roughly) 1 x magnum Grey Goose (1.5L) 1 x Dom Perignon (750ml).”

Boujis closed its doors earlier this year following a string of incidents.


Fat cat of the week

Mike Ashley, Sports Direct boss

The billionaire boss has, after stalling for a while, agreed to answer questions at a parliamentary committee

Temporary workers at Sports Direct receive an effective hourly pay rate below the minimum wage

Workers are subjected to compulsory searches at the end of shifts and deductions from their pay for late attendance


McKinsey manages loot

The management consultancy McKinsey has a secretive investment fund for partners which can buy or sell into companies run by its staff.

McKinsey’s main business is advising clients on activities which could affect their share prices.

From Vodafone’s Vittorio Colao to Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, to Lloyds’ Lord Blackwell to Credit Suisse’s Tidjane Thiam, McKinseyites run more major companies than Troublemaker can mention.

Former employees include William Hague and the Bank of England’s Charlotte Hogg.


Pretty much everything is a marketing opportunity for one low cost Irish-owned airline. So to prove it the firm sent out this week the following missive, “We urge all British citizens to vote Remain on 23rd June. Just don’t miss the registration deadline of 7th June. And don’t miss our £19.99 seats to Europe.”


Transport for London (TfL) staff bulletin reports 50 people from the Fit for the Future stations team enjoyed a meal in the “luxurious setting of the RAF Club”.

The team “celebrated the successful completion of the main ticket office closure programme”. Apart from those who lost their jobs, “a good time was had by all,” especially any among the 402 TfL staff trousering over £100,000 a year.


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The Troublemaker
Tue 7 Jun 2016, 15:07 BST
Issue No. 2507
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