Opinion – The Guardian view on David Cameron: the warping ways of wealth | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian – John Gelmini

If there was ever a case of the “Pot calling the kettle black” and being guilty of rank hypocrisy it is the Guardian and its “Grande Dame”, Polly Toynbee in full cry.

It is also guilty of jealousy and of stirring it up in order to give ammunition to Jeremy Corbyn, being interviewed yesterday by Andrew Marr whilst in a Studio in Edinburgh, Polly Toynbee herself in the studio, holding forth in a £1000 GBP outfit and just one measured and sensible interviewer from LBC to “balance” the left wing views of Marr, Toynbee, and Corbyn sounding as sanctimonious as ever–“We need to see the papers”,”I’m not satisfied” etc,etc.

Dr Alf is right and if he saw the Andrew Marr programme yesterday he would have been incensed by the bias and choked on his breakfast as I nearly did.

The programme failed to explain the difference between tax avoidance which is legal,tax and inheritance tax planning which is legal and which I used to undertake for more than 25 years in the insurance business in various incarnations and which the High Street banks have been doing through different administrations for even longer.

As usual, the BBC and Marr failed to explain the true role of tax havens (something which we will know even less about on Monday because Panorama is doing another hatchet job, this time on wealthy people they dislike putting money into tax havens).

Guardian Media Services Group uses precisely the same offshore tax arrangements as Tesco PLC and has been pilloried by the English satirical magazine Private Eye for doing so for the past 30 years.

This is a period which covers the Blair and Gordon Brown years and the period of the Coalition in which Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats shared power with Cameron. During that time, none of the people involved as Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister or Chancellor did anything about tax havens and the Guardian which spent editorial space lambasting the Barclay Bothers (Daily Telegraph), Lord Rothermere(The Daily Mail), Rupert Murdoch (The Sun and the Sunday Times) never once looked at itself.

David Cameron’s mother and father did nothing illegal and a £200,000 gift inter vivos from his mother is standard practice from a provincial solicitor or will writer, for inheritance tax and the sum itself is less than 60% of the price of an average house, a trivial and insignificant sum.

Cameron to my mind has been ill advised and should have kept his affairs and those of his wife private; we knew in advance where he went to school, where he went to university, his wife’s background and the fact that he had money.Would people have preferred that he was a benefits recipient without a penny to his name, living with another benefits recipient and getting his shirts and suits from charity shops rather than Turnbull and Asser and Savile Row?

The answer is of course not since my example is extreme and unreasonable.

What is Cameron really guilty of?

To my mind I have the following criticisms:

1) Not having an industrial strategy and export strategy

2) Wasting money on the Barnett Formula, foreign aid, the Syrian rebels and on gold plating EU regulations

3) Not upholding Judeo-Christian values

4) Appeasing Muslims and by inaction allowing them to radicalise and make vociferous demands

5) Failing to reform public services

6) Allowing our farmers to go to the wall instead of making us self-sufficient in food

7) Failing to strengthen our defences

8) Allowing immigration to get out of control

9) Bringing in gay marriage

10) Throwing away energy security and making us reliant on the French, German and Chinese Governments

11) Failing to win the 2010 election outright and failing to win with a bigger majority this time round

12) Failing to scrap the BBC licence fee and force that organisation to do its job

13) Failing to reform the police or compel them to do the job we are paying them to do

14) Failing to stop food manufacturers, chemical companies, and seed companies from polluting the environment and selling us unhealthy food

15) Not being a true Conservative

Certainly he should go to his new job and go now; certainly he should be replaced with a new true Conservative and certainly something needs to be done to make the gap between upper and lower income earners less wide. However, him having money and a wealthy wife is his good fortune and the good fortune which we would wish for our children and possibly even ourselves(subject to our “orientation”).

Jealousy is at best unseemly and in my own religion a sin; the Guardian, packed with bloated overpaid reporters and directors, should know better than to engage in it.

John Gelmini

Best Memories of Brugge – Best Blogs Series

English: Bruges (Belgium): the Koningsbrug (Ki...

English: Bruges (Belgium): the Koningsbrug (King’s bridge) Nederlands: Brugge (België): de Koningsbrug Français : Bruges (Belgique): le Pont des Rois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sitting here in our room in Frankfurt, we are still talking of our fantastic visit toBrugge over the weekend.

It was a wonderful experience wandering down the narrow lanes and cobbled streets, viewing the exquisite architecture, some buildings dating back to circa twelfth century, with each facade being different to its next door neighbour.

Wondering round the beautiful market square,  we saw medieval houses but unfortunately arrived just a bit too late for the Saturday market (for more information see the Markt). Nearby is the famous Burg which houses theHelig Bloed Basiliek (the Basilica of the Holy Blood), Bruges‘ holiest church, plus one of the oldest and most photographed town halls in Belgium (the Stadhuis) and numerous art galleries and museums nearby.

Not to forget to mention, this is the city for chocoholics, with innumerable shops whose windows are graced with tempting handmade Belgian chocolates, plus lace and other designer shops selling something for everybody.

Finally, there is an excellent choice of restaurants and traditional tea shops.

If you haven’t yet visited Brugge, we highly recommend that you do!

Now we must explore Frankfurt….