Feb 6 2013
Nice to see Gideon’s having a better time of it than Dave the Rave… Not!
Meanwhile it would appear that Georgie girl’s in laws are just as corrupt as what he is and share his penchant for taking the right fucking piss… The pasty faced cum drop.
George Osborne’s family business to benefit from planned wallpaper law
George Osborne’s family-owned interior design business could increase its profits as a result of the Government’s planned copyright legislation.
Tim Walker. Edited by Katy Balls
7:30AM GMT 28 Jan 2013
George Osborne’s family-owned interior design business, Osborne & Little, is to benefit from a proposed change in copyright legislation that will be debated in the House of Lords today.
The company, which predominantly sells wallpaper, could see an increase in its profits if legislation is passed to change the copyright laws affecting wallpaper.
Today, during the committee stage of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (ERR) Bill, the Government will propose deleting section 52 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 allowing designers to retain copyright for longer than the current 25-year limit.
Lord Stevenson of Balmacara says he will ask the business minister in the Lords, Viscount Younger of Leckie, whether or not Osborne, who has a multi-million-pound interest in the business, has been alerted to this change.
“As Chancellor of the Exchequer, it may have more than just a passing interest to him,” the shadow business, innovation & skills minister in the House of Lords says of the Conservative politician. “The proposed change may well benefit companies holding popular designs.”
As Osborne & Little was founded in 1968, if this clause goes forward designs that the company produced between 1968 and 1987 will come back into copyright for the life of the designer plus 70 years beyond that, meaning a potential increase in profits.
Osborne & Little could do with a turn in fortunes. The company recorded a loss of £301,000 last year.
Hunt is on at Exeter College for a rector
As Dr Rowan Williams takes up his new position as master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, another tempting job in academia has fallen vacant.
Exeter College, Oxford, is advertising for a rector to succeed Frances Cairncross, the acclaimed economist and journalist, who will leave the position next year.
Notable Exeter alumni include Alan Bennett, Sir Roger Bannister, Martin Amis, Imogen Stubbs and Philip Pullman.
Pullman was, however, awarded a third. “It was the year they stopped giving fourth-class degrees, otherwise I’d have got one of those,” admitted the author of His Dark Materials.
Elizabeth is ready to shine on tour
As Elizabeth McGovern tries to make her band Sadie and the Hotheads a household name, the Downton Abbey star has revealed the music that inspires her.
“Take That’s Shine is my song,” McGovern says. “I love all the band. I listen to their music before I go to bed.”
George Osborne’s father-in-law strikes black gold in Kuwait
Lord Howell, the father-in-law of George Osborne and adviser to William Hague, has signed up to promote Kuwait.
By Richard Eden
7:28AM GMT 03 Feb 2013
As a personal adviser to William Hague, Lord Howell of Guildford helps the Foreign Secretary promote Britain’s interests abroad. The father-in-law of George Osborne has, however, accepted a post in which he will be paid handsomely to champion a foreign country.
Mandrake can disclose that David Howell has signed up as an adviser to the Kuwait Investment Office. He had previously been a consultant to the oil-rich kingdom, but gave up the work before becoming a Foreign Office minister in 2010. He stepped down as a minister in last September’s reshuffle, but remained as an adviser.
The Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, which counsels former ministers on their employment in the two years after leaving office, says, “Lord Howell sought advice on resuming a part-time appointment as an adviser to the Kuwait Investment Office”, which “manages funds on behalf of the State of Kuwait”.
It says Frances Osborne’s father “will meet managers intermittently to advise on international investment strategy”.
The committee has approved the appointment, “on the understanding that he would not draw on any privileged information from his time in government”.
Last month, questions were raised about another of Howell’s business activities. He is a consultant to a Japanese high-speed train firm expected to tender when the controversial HS2 rail line is built. The peer, who was Margaret Thatcher’s transport secretary, is being paid as a “European consultant” to JR Central, which could be a bidder for multi-million-pound contracts connected to HS2.