These are interesting times. The latest opinion poll in the Independent has the Tory’s lead down to just 3 points. The likelihood of a hung parliament comes ever nearer. And it is great to see the Tories in such trouble. David Cameron has had to apologise for unfounded attacks on Ed Balls’ handling of allegations against Muslim institutions. Tory candidates, including Brighton Kemptown’s own Simon Radford-Kirby have been advised to drop their double barrel names because they are trying to avoid coming across as Tory toffs. He is now common-as-muck Simon Kirby. Failed candidate in Brighton Pavilion, Scott Seaman-Digby, tried to do likewise by promoting himself as plain Scott Digby. It didn’t work for him and it won’t work for Radford-Kirby.
As for the successful candidate in Brighton Pavilion, Chuck Vere, there is no suggestion that she is really Charlotte Alexandra de Pfeffel Johnson-Vere, and certainly not related to Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson also known as simple Boris Johnson. No, her problems are more serious. She is a close associate of Zac Goldsmith. Today’s Mirror reported that “rising Tory star Zac Goldsmith is avoiding tax by claiming ‘non dom’ status”. Mr Goldsmith inherited a fortune from his industrialist father Sir James Goldsmith. There have been calls for David Cameron to sack him. Non-domicile tax status lets people avoid tax on earnings outside the UK. According to the Lib Dem peer, Lord Oakeshott, “He’s not fit to sit in parliament and must pay the millions he’s dodged to the British taxman.”
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