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From Russia with a love of directorships and donors

The Troublemaker looks at some people on Putin's payroll that David Cameron might want to sanction, some politicians' junkets, a few crooked cops and some love nuggets


This week's Troublemaker leads on the tax dodging rich and includes stories on prince Charles' stingyness, Gove having an eventful first day as chief whip and immigration minister Mark Harper

Bosses get 180 times more in wages than workers do

Presidential health tourism in Wales | Labour dinner is a match for Tories | Glasgow car clampdown for commonwealth | Parents told be quiet over school fraud | Toff of the week

Tories shy about their posh party, but the Rolls-Royces say it all

Tory ministers declined to say who they were dining with at a fancy nosh-up last week. The party refused to release the guest list for the event at the private Hurlingham members’ club in Fulham, west London. 

Fake law firms threat letters go much wider than Wonga

A working class Tory is something to be, consultants rake in cash despite cuts, counting the cost of special advisors, comfy cushion for cash boss Cobbold, taxing question for prince Charles, Cameron lines up top job for Eton friend

Top cop suspended in car dealer bribery investigation

Tory MEPs research beaches and wines | How to relieve the stress of moving house | Blair makes killing with duty expenses | We bought the royals a new helicopter

Decadent posho parties will be all the rage this summer

Also: Magna Carter didn’t die for this | Only £50,000 for a royal weekend away | Minted monarchs | Tories get that sinking feeling | Not too disgraced for parliament | Tories start to raise cash for election fight | The things they say

Bosses, politicians and Fifa in World Cup cash-in contest

Bank and baroness tighten their belts | A better way to deal with homelessness? | Top Tesco boss gets real | Last orders already for new mayor? | Twee torturers on Twitter | Tories' Lego against independence falls down | Going up: child poverty | The things they say

Lib Dems just can't fathom why nobody likes Nick Clegg

This week's Troublemaker leads on the crisis in the Liberal Democrats and includes articles on bungling baron George Osborne's virtual Buddhist monk, betting scams in Belgium and bosses' bonuses bonanzas

Tories push for fracking where there isn’t enough gas

This week's Troublemaker leads on fracking and includes stories about ubiquitous royal parasite Prince George, faulty firm British Gas and bankers partying it up at the Chelsea flower show

£518 billion for the filthy rich getting richer under Tories

Troublemaker takes on the Sunday Times Rich List, attends the very exclusive Gulls' Egg Luncheon, wanders into the gift shop at the 9/11 museum ans evades SS uniforms in a Yorkshire tearoom

Time to tell media racists to pluck off after foul campaign

Leading on the latest so-called Muslim plot to threaten the BRITISH way of life that is hiding in restaurants and supermarkets, according to racist news stories.

Tories put the cheque in the post early for hedge funds

One of the “priority investors” offered cut-price shares in the government’s privatisation of Royal Mail is a major donor to the Conservative Party. Asset management firm Fidelity Worldwide has given nearly £975,000 to the Tories.

Bankers' bonuses are now just part of monthly salary

Bankers are still raking it in. 

Offshore buy-to-let minister avoids the taxing questions

The Troublemaker takes on City minister Andrea Leadsom who avoids tax, meets spindoctor David Axelrod and engages a gunslinging Tory councillor

All-in-one cop service: kidnap, investigate and shred evidence

A team of the Sweeney— police flying squad officers —came up with a novel way of keeping crime under control in the 1990s. They decided to carry out their own kidnappings. 

Miller was judged by MPs who know a lot about expenses

 Troublemaker regular culture secretary Maria Miller was ordered to repay £5,800 for mortgage-payment claims for her “second” home.

Noxious Nick and foul Farage vomit up opinions - twice

Lib Dem Nick Clegg, whose party was beaten by Elvis in a recent by-election, challenged Ukip’s Nigel Farage to debate him.

A corker of a budget bingo ad goes wrong for Tory toffs

The post-Budget bingo poster blamed on not so poor Grant Shapps, the Tory chairman, was designed in the Treasury and signed off by bungling baron George Osborne. After the advertisement highlighting cuts to bingo tax and beer duty was issued it was dubbed a condescending public relations disaster.

Council leaders' junket to housing fair opens Cannes of worms

Housing campaigners occupied a luxury flat in the Strata Tower in Elephant and Castle, south London, last Saturday. At the same time London mayor Boris Johnson and several council bosses were attending annual property development fair Mipim in Cannes, France.

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