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Kate Winslet coughs up £17k to pay energy bill for girl on life support

Donation: Kate Winslet.

Here’s a story to show there are still people of good conscience in the world:

When Holywood actress Kate Winslet learned that Clackmannanshire mother Carolynne Hunter was facing extortionate costs to keep her daughter on life support, she stepped in with a £17,000 donation.

Ms Hunter’s daughter Freya has severe complex health problems and disabilities, is non-verbal and blind and requires full-time oxygen and at-home nursing care.

There was no way to reduce the energy required to sustain her. She was facing an annual energy bill of £10,000, but Clackmannanshire Council said it could hit £17,000 in 2023.

Then Ms Winslet donated £17,000 to the GoFundMe page Ms Hunter had set up asking for help and got in touch to wish the family well.

The astonished mother told her story to Good Morning Britain:

It’s a terrific, heartwarming story of generosity from an unexpected and welcome source.

The flipside, sadly, is that there are undoubtedly many more people in Ms Hunter’s situation who won’t get windfalls like this. And we can’t expect Ms Winslet or even other people in similar financial comfort to pay for them all.

It is an element to the energy price crisis that has not been highlighted before.

Should there not be extra help available for people whose energy need is life-threatening?

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Business donor defects from Tories to Labour. Is this really good?

It’s trouble for the Tories – but what does it say about Keir Starmer’s Labour?

Gareth Quarry says Keir Starmer has said he wants a government for all and has extended an olive branch to business.

But doesn’t that mean Labour is now a substitute Tory party, now that the Tories have fallen apart?

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Liz Truss’s decisions show she’s not interested in winning elections – and that’s bad for you

It seems Liz Truss has given up on doing what will win votes for her and the Tory Party – she’s realised it’s a forlorn hope.

Rather than concentrate on winning an election, she’ll concentrate on sweetening Tory donors.

That means fat bungs for people who are already rich – coupled with starvation and destitution for the rest of us.

Here’s the Maximilien Robespierre clip that lays it all out:

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Donors who gave Tories £1m between them are handed public health jobs

Sajid Javid: smug Sajid has been challenged to explain what guarantees he has secured to ensure that the new appointees will not use their positions to put private profit over public health.

Look out – the Tories are handing public health jobs to cronies with links to private health investment in their latest lurch towards NHS privatisation.

In March, Oluwole Kolade, a managing partner of Livingbridge, a private equity firm with extensive investments in private healthcare, was made a non-executive director and deputy chair of NHS England for three years.

And Simon Blagden, a chairman of Fujitsu UK, which sued the NHS over a failed IT project, was made a member of the UK Health Security Agency advisory board in April.

How can these be appropriate appointments? They will not support public health because their financial interests lie in the exploitation of health care as a market for making a grubby profit.

Here are some more details:

In just over a decade, Kolade has donated £859,342 to Conservative party headquarters; the party’s London mayoral candidate in 2021, Shaun Bailey; and the party’s branch in Hitchin and Harpenden. About a third of the donations – £300,000 – have been made since Boris Johnson became prime minister.

Kolade is a managing partner of Livingbridge, a private equity firm with extensive investments in private healthcare. Livingbridge’s portfolio includes multiple NHS suppliers, and private dental companies, care providers and fertility firms.

Since 2005, Blagden and companies he is associated with have donated £376,000 to the Conservatives. These include Pietas Ltd, a firm he was director of from 2000 to 2020, and Avre Partnership Limited, which he has been director of since 2014.

He was also a chairman of Fujitsu UK, which sued the NHS over a failed IT project. A parliamentary committee’s inquiry into the debacle in 2013 cited reports that a sum of £700m was sought from the Department of Health.

The government says political activity is not a bar to holding a public appointment and any such activity, including donations, is declared when such an appointment is made.

That’s all very well, but it seems to This Writer that shareholding in private health companies – or in companies that have tried to get contracts in the public health system – indicate a conflict of interest that should indeed bar the candidate (or should I say condidate) from the role.

Source: Two donors who gave Tories £1m between them handed public health jobs

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50,000 UC claimants sanctioned per month but the Tories haven’t sanctioned a single Russian donor

With friends like these: One of the key figures in forging links with Boris Johnson’s Tories was Sergei Nalobin, a diplomat suspected of being a Russian spy. This Site has loads of photographs of Johnson with suspected Russian spies.

It doesn’t matter whether Boris Johnson and his cronies really are secretly siding with the Russians in an act of treachery against the West; you can still be sure that they aren’t siding with you.

This Site reported that, after face-to-face meetings resumed in March last year, the number of sanctions against Universal Credit claimants multiplied 15-fold, from 960 to 15,929.

Figure to November 2021 show the number of sanctions had risen to 49,944 by November – and this is not the total sanctioned across the whole month but only those under sanction on the day the official figure was taken.

It also excludes UC claimants who are not in “conditionality” groups, like severely disabled people.

So sanctions by the UK government against its own people multiplied more than 50 times in nine months.

Contrast that with sanctions against Russians who have stashed money in the UK – including giving donations to Conservative MPs – since Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine:

That Tory co-chair would be Ben Elliot, who is facing calls for him to resign or be sacked (here are some details).

The classic example of a Russian who could have his assets seized is Roman Abramovich, who is currently hoping to sell Chelsea FC for £3 billion before shifting the money out of the UK, having been warned to do so within 30 days by the Boris Johnson Advice Bureau for Rich Russians:

And details of donations to top Tories from people and organisations with links to Russians – whether sanctioned or not – keep being revealed. For example:

People have been asking what Russian donors to the Tory Party/government have had in return for their money…

It seems possible to answer that question now – at least in part.

What did the Putin-linked Russians get in exchange for their huge Tory donations? Exemption from sanctions until they have taken their money out of harm’s way.

And the contrast between the government’s treatment of Universal Credit claimants and rich Russian donors proves something else:

Tories would rather stamp down hard on their own fellow UK citizens than take meaningful action against enemies of the nation who have given them some dirty money.

Source: DWP Universal Credit sanctions soar to 50,000 a month in ‘extremely worrying’ rise – Mirror Online

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As the world sanctions, Boris Johnson and the Tories are protecting THEIR RUSSIAN DONORS

Bosom buddies: Boris Johnson with Russian industrialist Alexander Temerko. Before the Ukraine crisis, Johnson said he didn’t think there was any reason to investigate Russian influence in UK politics.

After Boris Johnson claimed the UK was the first country in the world to impose financial sanctions on Russia, to force Vladimir Putin to end his war on Ukraine, it turns out that all he did was give Russians in the UK notice to move their money somewhere else.

£100 billion per year of corrupt Russian money washes through the UK (according to Labour’s Debbie Abrahams, in Parliament as I type this) – and this has been known for nearly a decade – as Private Eye points out, and then goes on to mistakenly state that it takes a war to move the government to action.

I say mistakenly because despite all Johnson’s bluster, it seems no action has yet been taken to seize Russian assets or sanction their banks:

These are ill-gotten gains (to a huge extent) – have no doubt about that:

For an example of the UK’s treatment of Russian oligarchs, let’s look at Roman Abramovich

And here’s what’s happening to the Russian banks with money in the UK:

So: no money has been frozen; no money has been seized.

The value of Russian assets in the UK is huge:

So why the delay in action, if the UK could inflict huge damage by imposing sanctions?

There is a possible explanation – as illustrated by Clive Lewis, below:

Russian money, it seems, has been opening the doors of the UK’s Conservative MPs, as demonstrated by the list below:

“Zen & Write” makes a good point. Politicians who have taken money from people from – possibly representing – a country hostile to the UK should lose the right to sit in a UK government. Shouldn’t they?

Andy McDonald makes a hugely important point:

Exactly. What did these Russians want from our MPs – the policymakers of our government – in return for their filthy lucre?

We’re talking about huge amounts of money here. The list of donations and recipients goes on and on:

Fox was on his hind legs during Prime Minister’s Questions today (March 2):

A bit hypocritical?

(That’s Lord Evgeny Lebedev, of course.)

So this is what we’re seeing:

And this:

And this:

“Boris protecting Putin’s pals.” That is the size of it.

And at a time like this, when the UK’s government is screaming at us that it is acting against the aggression of Vladimir Putin and his people, while in fact helping them beat the sanctions imposed on them by moving their money elsewhere, we need to remember that it could have been hugely different:

And that means you can’t trust a single thing said about this by the mainstream media. How does it feel to have been fed lies for years on end?

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#COP26 : How are these polluting politicians going to tackle climate change? With weapons-grade HYPOCRISY?

If you’re doubting the sincerity of the world leaders who are meeting to talk – and I stress, talk – about fighting climate change and the destruction of our eco-system at COP26, you’re not the only one:

It’s true, isn’t it?

These leaders – certainly Boris Johnson and his crony Alok Sharma who is hosting the conference – did their level best to keep the coppers rolling in for their big business funders during the (ongoing, let’s not forget) Covid-19 crisis – at the cost of our lives.

They scheduled two hugely important summits back-to-back – in cities thousands of miles apart. And they are travelling between those places in hugely-polluting aircraft and enormous gas-guzzling motorcades.

They are likely to put the onus to take action against climate change on the majority of the population, even though the 1% – the billionaires – who fund them are responsible for as much of the damage as a full half of the 99% – the rest of the population.

They are likely to ignore the fact that the 99% have no choice when it comes to climate change. We have to use the facilities provided to us by the 1% who control them, and if those facilities are provided using resources that trigger climate change, we can’t do anything about it.

And they are likely to blame us when nothing changes.

Meanwhile, they are unlikely to impose strong demands on the 1% that will actually stave off our impending eco-doom. Such demands would require their funders – remember, the businesspeople causing the problem pay money to the politicians – to forgo some of their massive profits in order to restructure their enterprises to cause less pollution.

And that might mean they couldn’t build their own – hugely polluting – spaceships!

Knowing all this, if This Writer were you, I would take everything these people say at COP(OUT)26 with a massive spoonful of salt.

And remind yourself that nothing is ever going to change when we are led by people of such weapons-grade hypocrisy.

#CPC21 : Sunak’s speech endorses – and offers to reward – tax avoidance by billionaire Tory donors


Let us be clear about this.

On the day most of us learned that billionaire Conservative donors have been squirrelling away trillions of pounds in tax havens rather than paying their fair share…

… Conservative Chancellor Rishi Sunak has apologetically told them he cannot cut taxes for rich people like them…

… until poor people like This Writer (and, no doubt, yourself) have paid off the costs racked up by his government in coping with Covid-19…

… nonexistent costs, let’s not forget (the money was created by the government, not borrowed)…

… most of which went to Conservative donors who, after avoiding the tendering process by using a fast-track system for friends of the Tories, then provided absolutely nothing in return.

So, after the billionaires have kept public tax money for themselves and taken public cash under false pretences, they now say they’re paying too much tax and want the poor to cover any costs they have incurred. And Sunak is apologising to them for not doing this.

This looks like misappropriation of funds on a global scale.

And Sunak’s offer to cut taxes after the nonexistent bill is paid makes no sense at all, for an obvious reason:

Sunak and his forerunners should have closed all tax avoidance loopholes in the 11 years since they have been in office but they haven’t. Is that because they have benefited from millions of pounds in donations from the people we now see have avoided paying trillions of pounds in tax?

That looks like a “yes” to This Writer!

He tried to cover it up by focusing on Brexit, saying that we’ll see the mythical benefits of leaving the European Union in the long term.

I think we all know what Brexit was really about – don’t we?

Weirdly, the same Chancellor who has immorally handed billions to Tory donors via failed Covid schemes, and trillions to them by allowing tax avoidance, thinks such actions are perfectly reasonable.

To him, it would be immoral to take cash from them – that they want to lend – in order to fund, say, an anti-poverty strategy:

No – he thinks poorly-paid workers should simply get better jobs, as though that is the easiest thing in the world. Clearly he has never had to try to do it himself. And he conveniently forgets an enormous hole in his own logic:

Oh but – he said – the UK economy is recovering faster than anywhere else in the world!

But there’s a reason for that, isn’t there?

Sunak’s speech was not that of a man putting forward a sensible policy – because it isn’t sensible.

So what was he doing? I think Clare Hepworth has it right:

Sunak wasn’t discussing serious plans to deal with current economic issues – he was auditioning to replace Boris Johnson as prime minister.

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Tory corruption: they’ll change the law, just to keep receiving this man’s donations

Britain’s greediest man? Boris Johnson is changing electoral law so an ex-pat Tory millionaire can continue funnelling cash to the Conservatives beyond the current 15-year restriction on him being able to.

Greedy Boris Johnson is planning to scrap a law that stops ex-pats from voting and donating to political parties – purely so the Tories can continue receiving millions from one donor who lives abroad.

According to the Mirror,

John Gore, has given almost £4.2 million to the Conservative Party, making him the Tories’ number one donor despite having spent “more than a decade away” from the UK.

Currently donors can only fund parties from abroad for 15 years – but this will be abolished under the Elections Bill.

This is the same Bill that will deprive 3.5 million people – mostly the poor – from being able to vote because they won’t have the photo ID that Johnson will demand in future elections.

So we see that this corrupt Bill will not only steal your vote, but will give it to wealthy Tory donors who don’t even live here any more.

Source: Tory law change would let donors bankroll party from tax havens for life – Mirror Online

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If Tory donors don’t influence government policy, why would they pay such huge amounts?

Grant Shapps: he 

Reality check: the super-rich never pay money for nothing.

So Grant Shapps’s claim on the Thursday morning (August 5) media round that Tory donors have “no influence” on Tory government policy already looks dodgy, before we even go into it in any depth.

Now consider the fact that the people he was discussing have been giving at least £50,000 to join a so-called ‘Leader’s Group’ and have access to the Tory leader/prime minister – and more than five times as much (a quarter of a million pounds per year – to be in the so-called ‘Advisory Board’ (unless they were friends of Ben Elliot, allegedly).

Leader’s Group. Advisory Board. Those are not the names of clubs whose members have ” no influence”. Quite the opposite.

It is true that political parties rely on funding for their existence – from party members and from donors. They don’t manufacture anything that is sellable, after all.

But they do provide a particular service – or at least they say they do – which is to run the affairs of the United Kingdom according to a clearly-defined policy platform.

Most of us – including rank and file party members – get very little say in how those policies are shaped.

But now we come back to that issue of very rich people paying astronomical sums of money purely to be told the policies they are supporting at occasional events – as Shapps wants us to believe.

It simply isn’t plausible.

There needs to be an investigation into these schemes. How are donors enticed into contributing, what are they told they get in return, and what do they actually get?

If Shapps says his party adheres to Electoral Commission rules, then he should not object to an investigation.

In fact, the Electoral Commission should be empowered to run undercover investigations.

It seems to This Writer that the best way to make sure the sleazy Tories stick to the straight-and-narrow is to make them fear prosecution and punishment if they don’t.

Shapps himself was once called “Britain’s most perennially caught-out serial liar” and a glance at his career makes the reason clear.

At least we haven’t heard anything about his aliases Sebastian Fox and Michael Green for a while.

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Health Warning: Government! is now available
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The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
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