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Cameron’s cronyism is a fitting legacy for pig man

Issue No. 2515

Sir George Gideon Oliver Osborne CH and his good pal Dave

Sir George Gideon Oliver Osborne CH and his good pal Dave (Pic: Number 10)


David Cameron’s legacy is as it should be. A load of honours for his mates.

First knight the money men. Ian Taylor’s firm Vitol Oil has faced questions over tax, an oil deal with Libyan rebels and links to a Serbian warlord.

Andrew Cook, chair of the engineering firm William Cook, lent Cameron his private plane in the run-up to the 2010 general election.

He lobbied the coalition government to withdraw a promised £80 million loan to Sheffield Forgemasters, a rival steel firm.

Philip Hammond, the former foreign secretary, and the former Europe minister David Lidington are in line to become knights commander of the order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).

As is Hugo Swire, who was also a minister in the Foreign Office.

Michael Fallon, who surprised many by campaigning for “remain”, has been nominated for a knight commander of the Order of the Bath.

George Gideon Oliver Osborne is set to become a companion of honour. The gong is reserved for 65 people who have given “nationally important service”.

As the heir to a baronetcy, the bungling baron will already inherit the title “Sir”. But becoming a companion of honour will allow him to put the initials CH after his name.

Which makes all the cuts worthwhile.

Cameron is also poised to create two dames.

Former cabinet minister Caroline Spelman and Arabella Warburton, chief of staff to former prime minister Sir John Major.

Osborne’s closest aide, Thea Rogers, is set to receive an OBE. Some 24 members of Cameron’s Downing Street cabal are to be honoured.

They include his wife Samantha’s stylist, Isabel Spearman, who has been nominated for an OBE.

There are 20 serving or former special advisers from Cameron’s government along with two of the former prime minister’s official drivers.

In one of his last acts as prime minister Cameron handed aides a £283,000 golden goodbye against the advice of lawyers and one of Britain’s top civil servants.

No pigs or any in the porcine production industry seem to be nominated.


Fox’s military charity for holding parties

Troublemaker veteran Tory minister Liam Fox launched Give Us Time, eight months after he resigned in disgrace from his role as defence secretary.

Give Us Time promised free holiday accommodation to military veterans.

It scored a financial boost in November 2014, when it received a £500,000 grant from the government.

At the time it had organised 40 trips worth £4,405.

In total it has provided 129 weeks worth of accommodation to troops. Fox and one of the charity’s donors used resources to fund a trip to Bulgaria for two of the MP’s office staff in February last year. Unlike the soldiers, the charity paid their airfares.

It has held a number of plush parties at fancy spots. Its first was in 2013 and attended by cabinet ministers, high society figures and senior military chiefs in dress uniforms.


Coulson back on the news

Channel 4 News’ “Head Of Communications” is Hayley Barlow. Barlow’s CV includes more than eleven and a half years as Head of PR at the News of the World newspaper.

And coincidently last week she tweeted, “In an authored film on tonight’s [Channel 4 News], former No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson on Brexit, the past and the future”.

Coulson/Chappell is a PR company run by Henry Chappell and bankrolled by Matthew Freud.

They have been a bit stuck for clients so have been calling in old favours to get Coulson on the telly a bit more.


Ukip leadership turn farce into bigger farce

Ukip’s woes continue as it flails around in the hunt for a new leader.

Former deputy chair Suzanne Evans attacked the party as a “rugby club on tour” last week.

She said a new leader had to represent the “common sense centre ground” instead of

being “Nigel Farage Mark II”.

She complained that the party’s national executive committee “deliberate in secret and once they’re in place, no matter what they do, we can’t get rid of them”.

Meanwhile, opinion polls show Ukip’s support has fallen to the low teens since the European Union referendum.

Director of political research at polling firm ICM, Martin Boon, said, “The general trend is that they are losing some supporters.”


Ukip has launched a summer sale. Bargains galore are to be had for Troublemaker readers.

A “Nigel says no” T-shirt is a snip at £2. Polyester Ties £3 and silk ones £12. A vote leave badge is 10p.


Islamophobia took a bizarre twist last week when a cartoon was revealed to have shown a character stepping on a page from the Koran.

The Fireman Sam episode, called Troubled Waters, was shown in June. It shows a character, Elvis, slipping on some sheets of paper—one of which appears to be a page from the Koran. Why it was there is still unclear.


The founder of a Bradford free school and two staff have been found guilty of fraudulently obtaining around £150,000 from government grants.

Sajid Hussain Raza, Shabana Hussain, and Daud Khan, were convicted at Leeds Crown Court of making payments in 2011 into their own bank accounts.


Toff of the week: Lord Anthony Grabiner

A barrister elevated to the peerage by Tony Blair and now Master of Clare College, Cambridge.

According to an MPs’ report on the sale of BHS, Grabiner, as the chair of Philip Green’s parent company, took a “remarkably docile attitude”.

For a “considerable salary”, he was “content to provide a veneer of establishment credibility.”

Grabiner was recently employed by the Bank of England to advise on ethical wrongdoing.


Bullying cop of the week

Another week another cop misbehaving. This time it’s Ian Mangham from Loughton. Mangham began a relationship with a woman who had reported her ex-husband to cops for domestic violence.

After the woman ended their relationship, he took revenge by distributing fake leaflets advertising her as a prostitute. They included her full name, contact number and home address.

He denied harassment but was jailed for 16 weeks in May. Last week he was finally sacked.


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