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Issue No. 2521

Swine of Chipping Norton is ready to live high on the hog 

David Cameron is quitting as an MP to spend more time with his pig.

The former prime minister made the announcement just weeks after promising to stay in parliament until 2020.

Then, when asked if that meant he would seek re-election in 2020, he replied, “That is very much my intention.”

But honesty was never Cameron’s strong point.

His friends were hinting that it was because he didn’t like Theresa May’s grammar schools.

In 2007 Cameron warned that pursuing grammar schools risked making the Tories a “right wing debating society clinging on to outdated mantras that bear no relation to the reality of life”.

Which is odd coming from an Etonian and Bullingdon Club man.

Troublemaker hopes that the by-election will produce a suitable sucessor.

But the loathsome social circles of Oxfordshire will need due care and attention.

The “Chipping Norton set” is an intricate web of connections between the people who rule Britain.

This media and political elite, with their homes in and around Cameron’s leafy Witney constituency in Oxfordshire, work together, dine together and party together.

David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks went horse riding together.

Cameron rode Raisa, the horse given to Brooks by the Metropolitan Police.

Charlie Brooks is an old chum of Cameron’s from Eton.

The ex-prime minister was a guest at their wedding. There, he was seen giving “exuberant high-fives” to PR mogul Matthew Freud.

Freud happens to be married to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth.And so on, and so on.

It’s that sort of networking that made Cameron the prime minister he was.

Unfortunately, although he is stepping down, his legacy of cronyism and cuts remains.


Philip Greed works really hard—honest

Sir Philip Green has been working really hard on his £100 million yacht.

The tycoon claimed he had spent the summer grafting in a bid to sort out the £571 million pensions black hole at collapsed BHS.

Green said, “Contrary to all the coverage I have been working on this issue on a daily basis.”

Along with wife Lady Green, he has clocked up thousands of miles idling around the Greek islands on his super yacht.

Meanwhile, workers caught up in the whirlwind of the BHS collapse feared for their jobs and futures.

On board the 300ft yacht the couple are looked after by 40 staff, including a chef and dog walker. Green sold BHS for £1 last year.


Housing bosses line their pockets

An annual survey into Housing Association (HA) CEO’s pay has shown that some got 30 percent rises last year.

The highest paid CEO, David Cowans of the ironically-named Places for People HA, gets over £500,000 a year.

Not one of the top ten CEOs earns less than £250,000 a year.

And over the last year their bonuses have gone up by ten percent.

Many HAs have refused to rule out implementing the Housing and Planning Act even though they are under no obligation to do so.


Is Scotland frack free much longer?

Scotland’s deputy first minister John Swinney met with fracking firm Ineos four times in one year.

The meetings all took place after the Scottish government announced its moratorium on fracking in January 2015.

Swinney, who was then finance secretary, met senior bosses from the firm three times in 2015.

But a fourth meeting has come to light following a Freedom of Information request.

It took place in the Scottish parliament on 25 February 2016.

Swinney met with Ineos directors Tom Crotty and John McNally.

Two days before the meeting Swinney was briefed on fracking.

The reason for the meeting between the three was not released by the Scottish Government.

The “why” section of the briefing document was redacted in the release.


Top West Yorkshire cop retires despite rules

The former chief constable of West Yorkshire Police was able to retire amid misconduct allegations despite regulations designed to prevent this.

Mark Gilmore replaced disgraced Norman Bettison.

Gilmore was suspended from his role as chief constable of West Yorkshire Police in June 2014 amid an investigation into the corrupt award of police vehicle contracts in Northern Ireland. He had no criminal case to answer last April and the suspension was lifted. But Gilmore then became the subject of a misconduct investigation by Lancashire Police and never returned to his post.

A report from Lancashire Police was published on 26 July and Gilmore retired on 9 August.

He was able to retire because the misconduct allegations were raised before January 2015. On that date new regulations came into force to prevent resignation of officers subject to serious allegations.


British business has become “too lazy and fat”.

That was the vote of confidence from Troublemaker’s favourite international trade secretary, Liam Fox.

Surely this anti?laziness campaigner couldn’t be the same disgraced Dr Fox who once claimed 3p on expenses for a car journey of 96 metres?


Owen Smith has accepted £67,550 worth of donations from a businessman whose company was incorporated in the Cayman Islands.

Smith took £67,550 from Anthony Watson to help pay the rent for his campaign office.

Watson’s company Uphold Inc was originally registered in the Caymans.

He took charge of the firm in April 2015, when it went by the name Bitreserve.


The things they say

‘I feel rather like the grand wizard of the KKK giving an address to the AGM of Black Lives Matter’

  • Tory MP Michael Gove giving a speech to Society of Legal Scholars

‘Responsible for the chancellery of the Duchy of Lancaster’

  • Ben Gummer, minister for the Cabinet Office, when asked what the responsibilities of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster are

‘He sits on a number of committees and has a number of responsibilities’

  • Ben Gummer when asked for more detail

‘I hope it’s not necessary to go to war to boost our productivity’

  • Tory Treasury commercial secretary Lord O’Neill

‘Brits don’t quit’

  • Pig botherer David Cameron in July

‘It is my intention to continue serving as MP’

  • Cameron in August. He resigned as an MP this week

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The Troublemaker
Tue 13 Sep 2016, 16:35 BST
Issue No. 2521
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