Just a few random facts to help people remember the great tradition of New Labour in supporting ordinary working people:
Tony Blair is chraging between £100,000 and £200,000 per speech – while for just an extra £180, attendees can have their photograph taken with him.
Baroness Scotland paid her husekeeper just £6 per hour.
The visa in the housekeeper’s passport had already expired (irrespective of whether it was genuine or not) before Baroness Scotland claimed to have seen it.
A friend in the FCO has told me that the French proposal for a cap on bankers’ bonuses, against which Gordon Brown fought furiously in the EU, G8 and G20, suggested a limit of 8 million euro per banker per year. Brown said this was too restrictive. Brown will announce to great fanfare in Brighton instead a system where bonuses are delayed and paid part in shares (which saves the bankers 22% in income tax).
These changes are meaningless as the bankers are rather well placed to borrow against their delayed bonuses and shares, and can just up them to defray the cost of doing so…