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Russian Billionaire buys UK Government Influence.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JohnD, 7 Jul 2021.

  1. JohnD

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    https://www.ft.com/content/5dab0a3e-687a-446f-8e55-58c999d4321f

    Tom Burgis in London

    "Late in 2020, the Conservative grandee Sir Nicholas Soames received a memo about a party donor called Mohamed Amersi. The 61-year-old Amersi describes himself as “a renowned global communications entrepreneur, philanthropist and thought leader”. Along with his partner, he has given the party more than £750,000 since 2017. That has bought him membership of the exclusive Leaders Group of donors and its monthly lunches with British government ministers. The memo, and a more-detailed follow-up, sketched out some details about Amersi’s past, his associates and his dealings in Russia, according to four people with knowledge of the matter.

    In early January 2021, Soames, the grandson of Winston Churchill who recently stepped down as an MP, forwarded the memos to the man charged with bringing in the money that helps keep the Tories in power: Ben Elliot. The founder of Quintessentially, a “concierge” company that serves the super-rich, Elliot is the party’s co-chair.

    If the memos caused him any concern, it was not enough to stop the party accepting another £50,000 of Amersi’s money on January 18. When copies of the memos reached Amersi, his lawyers sent letters to Soames and to Charlotte Leslie, the former Tory MP who had written them. The letters demanded that Soames and Leslie should not obstruct Amersi’s plan in effect to insert himself into one of the most sensitive areas of UK foreign policy by setting up a group to handle the Conservatives’ relations with the Middle East. The party’s board is due to decide imminently whether to back Amersi’s group."
     
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  3. Bodd

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    John have you been watching the Football?
     
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    John, you're much better on the 'men dressed as women' threads.(y)
     
  5. SirGalahad

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    Tory supporters don't care as in their mind it's winning.
     
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    Peanuts compared to the Unite Unions bunce to the Labour party.
     
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    Are they a British association?
     
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    I didn't know unite unions is one foreign person.

    It's almost as if there is zero equivalence.
     
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    Ah right, so you’d have no problem if the title of this thread was 'British billionaire buys U.K. government influence'. Have I got that right?
     
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    There is no equivalence between a Union paying donations to billionaires making donations unless you have a warped mind.

    Our democracy is for sale. Irrespective of your party affiliation influence should not be bought.
     
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    If they use that funding to dictate policy, it's equally as bad, if not worse.

    It's OK lads we're British.

    Labour funding threatened by two candidates for Unite top job - BBC News
     
  13. JohnD

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    I'm interested in your idea that it can be worse to have UK government policy influenced by large groups of UK citizens than by a puppet paid by Mr Putin.

    Tell us where you got that idea.
     
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    I really don't understand why you keep putting party before country?



    Lol. of the top 50 political donors - 46 were Tory donors.

    https://www.thelondoneconomic.com/p...-in-2019-donated-to-the-conservatives-187994/

    https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/general-election-2019-which-party-received-the-most-donations/



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    Given that more than half of Unite members are not Labour supporters, how do you arrive at the conclusion that large groups of UK citizens are driving policy? Len McCluskey is not a large group of UK citizens is he?
     
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    Your really being an idiot now if you are equivocating the aims of a trade union for its memberships over Billionaires be the Russian or not.

    The facts speak for themselves - the Tory pary is in hock to financiers and wealthy Russian oligarchs.
     
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