Swire to appear the evening before the election – tie and proof you are not on benefits useful!

Telfer Centre, Exmouth Community College,
Gipsy Lane

7 pm
Wednesday 7 June 2017

He’s not daring to appear alone – he is bringing Daily Telegraph journalist Simon Heffer, also known for controversial comments about the Hillsborough Football disaster, saying that a welfare benefit culture meant that people from Liverpool gave them a “deeply unattractive psyche”. He has opposed getting rid of hereditary peers and bemoans the fact that most British men no longer wear ties!


So, Owl suggests that you attend in a double-breasted blazer, old school tie and perhaps show proof that you are not in benefits! Especially as we know Swire despises poor people too:


Swire: Daily Telegraph had him taped in 2008!

Some extracts from an article in the Daily Telegraph from July 2008 when Swire was “last executive standing” at Photo-me which had got in financial difficulties. It was eventually sold to Sunday Times Rich List executive Serge Crasnianski and he gets an “advisory allowance” of £3,000 per month for approximately 8 hours work in that period as detailed in this article:


The profile was written after he was “sacked from David Cameron’s shadow cabinet after a brouhaha about Tory policy on museum admission charges” but before he became a Government Minister.


“Life has been something of a pigsty for Photo-Me, best known for its photo booths in shops and train stations. So it’s familiar territory for the MP for East Devon, whose prize possession is a five-year-old show pig called Maud. …

With his ivory shirt, pale blue tie, military bearing and slightly thinning comb-over, the 48-year-old bears many of the hallmarks of an old-school Tory.

Eton-educated and raised in the Oxfordshire village where Cameron now resides, Swire is married to Sasha, novelist and daughter of the former defence secretary Sir John Nott, and is a member of the Swire shipping dynasty. …

As for the Swire empire, he has but “a small number of shares” in one of its subsidiaries. “It’s a huge international conglomerate controlled by my relations, and my relations with them are extremely cordial but they are genetic rather than financial… unfortunately,” he chuckles, charmingly self-mocking.

“It was useful shorthand for people to assume that I am, first, a multi-billionaire and, second, an Eton crony and deputy of David, but none is based on fact – alas, in both cases.” [Cameron gave him one of the croney knighthoods when he jumped the Brexit ship last year]

… Swire, who joined as a non-executive director in 2005 – before taking the interim chairmanship in April and, more recently, the permanent chairmanship – bought 25,000 shares at 85p in 2006. They closed at 12p last week. Whoops.

So what of the £4.3m the company splurged on advisers’ fees relating to the failed sale of the vending division? “It is extraordinary, extraordinary,” says Swire. “And perhaps the only guy who’s more unhappy about that than me is Thierry Barel, who just cannot understand it.”

Erm, hold on, did Swire not know at the time how much money was being spent? “Well, I wasn’t the chairman.” Yes, but he was on the board. “Well, yeah, we did know it was happening but what could we do at the time? We had to produce the data and when you start having accountants producing that kind of data, lawyers and things like that, we all know the fees ratchet up.”

… Swire’s desire is to hand over the chairmanship before too long to re-enter top-level politics and realise an ambition of over 30 years. “Nothing is forever in life. I am up for re-election as a non-executive in October and it may be that shareholders don’t want me to continue at that point, or it may that I don’t want to continue at that point.”

Then he lurches into political fantasy [except unfortunately for us, ir wasn’t]. “I think I will want to stay, but clearly if the Prime Minister goes down badly in the Glasgow East by-election this week and is forced to resign and an incoming Labour PM calls a snap election, it’s not impossible that by the autumn that we might be in a General Election, in which case if the Conservative Government were to win, maybe I would be asked to step up to some plate in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet, in which case outside interests have to go anyway. [You can see here how far in advance Tory plans are made]

“My guess is the maximum I will be at the company is two years – that’s assuming that I am offered a job by David.” [The bloke he says above isn’t a croney] Then he pauses and reflects. “So maybe I’ll be at the company forever!” [Indeed, that is what seems to have happened]

Despite his winning self-deprecation, Swire looks well-qualified for government, especially a role relating to the arts, although his old job is occupied by Jeremy Hunt. [Oh heck!]

“I think it’s very difficult for me to aspire to that job when it is being occupied by a very capable colleague, so I don’t think I am going to get it,” he says, before adding, with political savvy: “There are huge issues facing that department, though.

… Like Dave, he even had a spell in financial PR. He also boasts expertise in Middle Eastern politics [yes, seems he has been interested for a long time] and has a track history of fund-raising for charity [whilst making some very bad taste jokes about the poor]. Then there’s Maud the show pig.

If Swire and his team can lift Photo-Me out of the muck, it would surely be a comeback to rival the Tory renaissance.” [And, perhaps not surprisingly, it was!]

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/2793133/Hugo-Swire-MP-clicks-as-new-head-of-Photo-Me.html

Terrorism, Saudi Arabia and Swire – a complex relationship

“An investigation into the foreign funding of extremist Islamist groups may never be published, the Home Office has admitted. …

[This inquiry was set up while Hugo Swire was at the Foreign Office


after which, following his sacking by Theresa May, he became ChAirman of the Conservative Middle East Council and Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC)]

… The inquiry commissioned by David Cameron, was launched as part of a deal with the Liberal Democrats in December 2015, in exchange for the party supporting the extension of British airstrikes against Isis into Syria.

But although it was due to be published in the spring of 2016, it has not been completed and may never be made public due to its “sensitive” contents.

It is thought to focus on Saudi Arabia, which the UK recently approved £3.5bn worth of arms export licences to. …

Accusing the Conservatives of being “worried about upsetting their dodgy friends in the Middle East”, he said party had “broken their pledge to investigate funding of violent Islamist groups in the UK”.

He added: “That short-sighted approach needs to change. It is critical that these extreme, hard line views are confronted head on, and that those who fund them are called out publicly.”

It comes after Home Secretary Amber Rudd suggested during a leadership debate, that UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia are good for industry.”



“I am reassured that the Government takes seriously its legal obligations as regards the licensing of arms for export to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. The UK has one of the most rigorous licensing regimes in the world.

Each application is considered on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria, taking into account the precise nature of the equipment and the identity and track record of the recipient. The Government has consistently said it does not, and will not, issue licences where it judges that the proposed export would provoke or prolong internal conflicts, or where there is a clear risk it might be used to facilitate internal repression or be used aggressively against another country. I have always fully supported this stance.

Saudi Arabia has publicly stated that it is investigating reports of alleged violations of International Humanitarian Law. This is an important process and the UK is fully behind thorough investigations into all allegations of violations of International Law. Finding a political solution to the conflict in Yemen is the best way to bring long-term stability and peace talks are a top priority.

As you know, the Saudi-led coalition confirmed in December that a limited number of BL755 cluster munitions that were exported from the UK in the 1980s were used in Yemen, including by a coalition aircraft not far from the Saudi border. The coalition, whose members are not parties to the convention on cluster munitions, has said that they were used against a legitimate military target and did not therefore contravene international humanitarian law. However, Saudi Arabia has now confirmed that it will not use BL755 cluster munitions further, which I welcome.

The Government continues to monitor the situation closely, using cross-Departmental resources to seek further information. Additionally, the Government continues to welcome any further information NGOs can provide.”


How many beans make 5 with the EDDC workforce?

Why has East Devon District Council not updated its “monthly” workforce statistics since December 2016?


Has there been a sudden increase or decrease in the number of employees?

An increasing number of employees has been the trend for some time, defying the trend of reductions at other local authorities when “efficiencies” take place when income is reduced. If it has increased what exactly are the new employees doing, and at what cost?

But with at least £10 million to find for relocation, might it be decreasing and, if so what jobs have been cut?

Or, could the workforce be decreasing but wages costs rising – indicating shrinkage of lower paid workers but some big salary recruitment?

Remember, WE pay these people.

“Latest YouGov poll predicts Claire Wright to WIN in East Devon”


The political landscape of East Devon could be set to change as the latest YouGov poll suggests that Claire Wright is on course to win in East Devon.

The poll says that the Independent candidate has a 40 per cent likelihood of winning the seat, while Hugo Swire, the sitting Conservative candidate, has a 39 per cent chance of retaining the seat that he has held since 2001.”

Source: http://www.devonlive.com/latest-yougov-poll-predicts-claire-wright-to-win-in-east-devon/story-30366447-detail/story.html