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What happened to the £350k taken by Sunak’s wife’s now-liquidated firm?

Akshata Murty and her husband, UK prime minister Rishi Sunak: her firm took money from his government and then went into liquidation. Will she tell us what she has done with our cash?

Take a look at this:

A company owned by the prime minister’s wife Akshata Murty, which received almost £350,000 of UK grant money, is now being mysteriously wound up, it has been revealed.

Murty’s investment company, Catamaran Ventures, is being liquidated, it was announced on the London Gazette, the official public record, published on December 28.

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The move has raised a number of questions, with Carol Vorderman posting on X: “NEWS

Has non-dom, tax avoiding, Mrs @RishiSunak, Akshata Murthy, just rung up a home removals firm? #SunakHomeRemovals

“She applied to wind up her controversial company Catamaran Ventures on Dec 21st – 2 wks ago. I will post later about the many times the fund benefited from the public purse.”

Ms Murty’s company made headlines in May last year, when it was revealed by the Sunday Times that it held shares in Study Hall, an education start-up which had received almost £350,000 of UK grant money.

It was also reported in September that Catamaran Ventures UK was being wound down. A number of the startups that the fund backed received cash injections through taxpayer-backed schemes, including the upmarket furniture firm, New Craftsmen, which collapsed into liquidation in November 2022 after receiving £300,000 in taxpayer-funded loans.

So this firm, owned by Rishi Sunak’s wife, took £350,000 of government money and then went bust?

What happened to the cash? If there’s money invested in Study Hall, and that hasn’t gone under, then wasn’t there a possible return to come from that? Otherwise, why invest in it at all? To whom would that money return if Catamaran doesn’t exist any more?

If firms are given money by the government, aren’t they expected to tell the government what they have done with it and how it is fulfilling the purpose for which it is given? How is that happening?

This is not a simple case of a firm running out of money and going into liquidation. The money it has squandered – if it has – is public money, for which Ms Murty must account. Personally, This Writer would like the Treasury to have that money back, if it hasn’t been used as intended.

Am I right?

Source: Company owned by Sunak’s wife that received £350k in grant money gets liquidated – Left Foot Forward: Leading the UK’s progressive debate


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Calls mount for the removal of ‘Rohypnol Jimmy’

James Cleverly: I’ve used this old image of him from 2018 because in it, he looks like he himself has been drugged.

This is the career of a Tory Cabinet member these days: each successive post is occupied for exponentially shorter time until they’re booted to the back benches.

James Cleverly has hardly had time to let his posterior warm the chair in the Home Secretary’s office, and people are clamouring for it to get a good kicking.

And it’s his own fault for making a stupid attempt at humour about using the Class C date-rape drug Rohypnol to keep his wife faithful.

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Comments like the following are justified and, in the opinion of many, accurate:

And of course, people who have suffered from having their drinks (or whatever) spiked with Rohypnol or similar chemicals have had something to say about him:

[Gina Miller, who heads the True and Fair Party,] who said she had been a victim of the drug during an abusive relationship more than a decade ago, said: “This ruins a woman’s life, or a young girl’s life, when this happens to you. It’s not something you wake up and you get over. It literally ruins your life.

“You can’t escape it. It is like this ghost on your shoulder that lives with you forever… and then you see somebody in a position of power, not just a teacher or headmaster, this was a Home Secretary here we’re talking about, somebody in a position of power, playing it down as a joke.”

Describing the impact of drugging, Ms Miller, 58, said: “You have no memory, you have memory loss. You have the pain and you know something happened, but you are in no way in control of telling anybody because you can’t remember.

“So it absolutely robs you of everything – your memory, your ability to speak out, your ability to complain, your inability to go to the police. You’re robbed of everything. You feel as though you’re drowning because you instinctively know something that happened, that you have absolutely no recollection of it.”

Anti-Brexit campaigner Ms Miller added: “As a survivor, and as a woman, I have no confidence. I don’t see how any woman in the UK can have confidence in him as a Home Secretary representing them and looking after their safety.”

So it’s looking bad for Mr Stupidly.

Still, we can have fun with it.

Make your predictions, folks! When do you think Rishi Sunak will sack this man? Or will they both try to weather this storm?


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James Cleverly says he gives his wife Rohypnol to stop her from leaving him. Surprised?

James Cleverly: He was once described as “the Tories’ go-to eejit when they need someone to tweet absolute nonsense or defend the indefensible”. He has excelled himself this time.

I can’t say this came as a shock.

James Cleverly – currently the Conservative government’s Home Secretary, here in the UK; the minister responsible for the police and law enforcement – has apparently joked that spiking his wife with “a little bit of Rohypnol” – the illegal date-rape drug – was “not really illegal if it’s only a little bit”.

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He allegedly went on to say that he constantly drugs his wife to ensure she doesn’t run off with someone else:

Who would blame her if she did run off with someone else?

His comment clarifies what some of us have believed about Tories for a considerable amount of time; that they don’t understand how the law is supposed to apply to all of us, equally, all of the time.

So even though Rohypnol is very definitely totally illegal in the UK, he thinks it’s “not really”, if it’s “only a little bit”.

We should thank him for explaining that – as a Tory – he is above the law that we all have to obey.

And his wife should dump him like landfill waste. The rest of us will have to wait until the general election.


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Tory conflict-of-interest watch: health minister’s wife gets NHS health contracts

Neil O’Brien: why has he been allowed to work in a government department that hands out contracts to his wife’s firm?

Here’s another Tory conflict of interest – and it’s nepotism again, too.

Like prime minister Rishi Sunak, the Conservative minister for Primary Health Care – Neil O’Brien – is married to a woman with an interest in a private firm that receives government contracts.

His wife Jemma is GP engagement lead at Circle Health, which receives public money from the Tories to perform operations at its 54 private hospitals (Circle was the first private health firm to take over an NHS hospital).

 

What is this man doing in a government department that may hand contracts to a company where his wife works?

It’s a clear conflict of interest.

And it’s actually a miracle that we’ve found out about it from the new MPs’ register of interests, that has attracted ridicule for failing to list all of the businesses that are at least part-owned by Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty.

From the Mirror article:

Mr Sunak has been accused of a “complete lack of transparency” over his own wife’s investments.

The list of interests did not include details of the shareholdings owned by his heiress wife, Akshata Murty.

Under the section for relevant interests held by a spouse or close relative, Mr Sunak’s entry included his wife’s venture capital company Catamaran Ventures and unnamed “direct shareholdings”.

A footnote adds that these include her “minority shareholding” in Koru Kids, but no details were given for any of her other shareholdings.

Farcically, the list did not include her £468million stake in Infosys, the Indian IT firm founded by her billionaire father.

And Infosys get government contracts, of course.

Corrupt?


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Time to reform the Honours system after Boris Johnson nominated father for knighthood?

Stanley Johnson: if he really did break his wife’s nose, why does son Boris think he deserves a knighthood?

Serial nepotist Boris Johnson has apparently disgraced the Honours system by nominating an alleged wife-beater for a knighthood: his own father, Stanley.

Johnson has previously made his brother Jo a peer, and unsubstantiated reports have previously suggested he wanted to give honours to his wife Carrie and sister Rachel.

The nomination has triggered a backlash – not just against the nomination but against the whole system of giving titles to individuals who are favoured by people who happen to have been in government. For example:

The allegations against Stanley Johnson are common knowledge…

… and the whole situation stinks of cronyism, as Wes Streeting (for once, rightly) asserted on BBC Breakfast:

Stanley Johnson was also once accused of “inappropriate touching” against Tory MP Caroline Nokes, and against political journalist Ailbhe Rea, in another example of the privilege that high-powered members of the Establishment have over the rest of us; if he had been you or me, the claim would have been “sexual assault”.

What happened about that?

Nevertheless, brace yourself for Johnson Senior to receive the honour.

After all, they gave a knighthood to Tony Blair and an MBE to Rachel Riley.


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Sunak’s link to firm operating in Russia raises ‘double-standards’ issues

Sunak: while he’s been in Parliament saying businesses should divest themselves of involvement in Russia, his wife has been accepting share dividends from one that has chosen not to.

Let’s see if we can get this straight: as part of the UK government, Rishi Sunak has supported sanctions against Russian business interests in the UK – but his family has £400m worth of shares in a firm operating in Russia.

And he’s perfectly happy to have that connection?

That’s a bit – no, a lot – hypocritical, isn’t it? Not to say greedy?

As a government, he’s saying he doesn’t want Russian businesses to take money from the UK, but as a person, he’s saying he wants to benefit from his wife’s business interest taking money from Russia.

Downing Street is right to say this is a “personal issue for the Chancellor”; the attitude chosen by the government is right (or would be, if these sanctions had set to bite immediately they were announced, rather than a month later) and this is a matter for his conscience – and that of his wife, who owns the shares.

Apparently a Sunak spokesperson has said all is well because neither his wife nor any members of her family “have any involvement in the operational decisions of the company”. But they’re still taking money, aren’t they?

The firm itself – Infosys – says its presence in Russia is to service global clients locally, has no active business interests with Russian enterprises, and supports peace between Russia and Ukraine.

But that doesn’t matter.

As Labour’s Louise Haigh put it, “The chancellor has explicitly called on business to divest from Russia in order to inflict economic pain and ensure that the sanctions are as deeply felt as possible.”

And now we find that he wants every business to do that – apart from his wife’s.

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Tory MP’s wife breaks lockdown for birthday party

Super spreaders: it seems Tories think it’s fine to spread the risk of catching Covid-19. Perhaps we should just let them get on with it?

More Tories are being shown up as believing that the Covid-19 lockdown only applies to the rest of us and not to them.

Rob Roberts, Tory MP for Delyn, turns out to be a rotten decision-maker, it seems.

Earlier this week, he spoke up in support of Dominic Cummings after Boris Johnson’s chief advisor admitted breaking the lockdown for no good reason and breaking the law by driving while in no condition to do so.

Now, as a gay man, he may be regretting getting married (to a woman) after she decided to break lockdown rules to hold a 40th birthday party in their Mold house.

One can only sympathise for the people in his North Wales constituency, who have to put up with another four and a half years of being represented by this goon.

As for these Tories: an unsympathetic person might suggest that we let them carry on, and if they catch Covid-19 that’s just too bad. But they would only burden our NHS, making themselves even more trouble than they are worth.

Police broke up an illegal lockdown bank holiday Monday birthday party at the house of a Tory MP.

Two people who were visiting the house of Rob Roberts, MP for Delyn in North Wales, were asked to leave.

There were balloons and banners outside the house marking a 40th birthday.

It is understood that Mr Roberts’ wife Alexandra turned 40 on Monday.

There has been no lifting of the lockdown rules in Wales where – as in England – you are not allowed to visit other households.

A spokesperson for Mr Roberts said: “Rob Roberts was not present at the time.

“His family have been reminded of the guidelines set out by the government.”

Source: Police break up illegal lockdown birthday party at Tory MP’s house – Mirror Online

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Foreign office officials: Meet the new boss – same as the old boss

Just when officials at the Foreign Office thought they could live without embarrassment for a while, it turns out Jeremy Hunt is just as stupid as his immediate forerunner.

On a trip to China, intended to strengthen trade ties ahead of Brexit, Hunt tried to win the approval of his hosts by mentioning that his wife is Japanese – evoking memories of a centuries-old rivalry and a bloody occupation in the 1930s and 40s.

He backslid fast but the damage had been done.

Good luck getting a decent trade deal now, Jeremy! I only wish I had some knowledge of Chinese so I could describe you in the appropriate language.

Jeremy Hunt, Britain’s new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as “Japanese”.

China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japan’s bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s.

Source: Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China | UK news | The Guardian

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