15 comments on “On Jonathan Porritt’s remuneration

  1. What is the tax status of those two payments? If he bungs the book’s profits, assuming there are any, to a “charity”, and then that “charity” pays him in some way, does he get to minimise his tax bill?

    Quick, someone ask Richard Murphy for a comment!

  2. That’s even more blatant than usual. If it was a right wing politician doing this the thunderous outrage would be deafening.

  3. Another of Britain’s hereditary ruling class turns out to be a tax evading crook. Shoot his fucking children for a lesson.

  4. @SMFS
    I suspect that either:
    1) he wrote the book during work time and so the charity expects the fruits of the labour it pays him for; or
    2) the anticipated royalties are fairly insignificant, so the PR from his altruism and also the promotion of his employer counter the potential gain from the royalties

  5. Peter S : Shooting his kids implies that this would upset his emotions. A Green psychopathic commisar who daily contemplates the mass elimination of 6 billion human beings (Agenda 21)?. His most likely regret would be there would be no one to inherit his Title.

  6. Come on, Rob, it’s not complicated.

    a) Set up a foundation with lots of reference to sustainability, be certain to be “passionate about creating a brighter, more sustainable future for everyone”.

    b) Solicit funds from governent, not so bright businesses, other NGOs, etc.

    c) Claim to have achieved things like:

    i) changed the debate about sustainable business by highlighting the opportunities it offers, and been instrumental in altering the way leading companies operate

    ii) trained thousands of leaders across society, through our master classes and Masters Programme, so they are knowledgeable about sustainable development and equipped to face the global challenges like climate change and shortages of vital resources

    iii) promoted long-term thinking and created shared, positive visions of tomorrow with businesses, government and NGOs, through our ground-breaking futures and scenarios work

    iv) sparked innovation of new products, services and business models that will make our world more sustainable.

    d) Pay your directors handsomely and make sure you engage your mates as consultants and pay them oodles of money (in return for occasional dinners, tickets for Twickers and writing books for which the royalties go into your nice little, not for profit earner).

    Not for profit basically means that “we pay so much in wages, salaries, director’s fees and consultant’s fees that there is no money left to declare a profit”.

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