Post Office customers wondering where the trade union barons who called the strike last week go in their spare time need look no further.
The Labour Party paymasters at Unite visit a Grade II-listed country house in Surrey that is owned by the union.
Esher Place is a £100million property where the union bosses can stay in one of 52 bedrooms.
They can browse free copies of the Morning Star and enjoying fine dining in the restaurant, or relax in the extensive lounge and bars.
The residence is billed as being “modelled on a French château”, although Unite, which has donated £9.2 million to the Labour Party since Ed Miliband became leader, claims that it is used merely for “residential courses and training”.
However, on its website, it advertises weekend breaks at Esher Place for officials, playing on its proximity to various attractions including racing at Sandown Park, the Hampton Court Flower Show, and “London Sights, Shows and Shopping”.
Dawn Anderson, a Unite official, praised the dining at Esher Hall, saying recently: “The food is wonderful!”
Seems a tad unkind really, as they do seem to be offering the rooms etc to the average member at very reasonable rates.
In order for this (quite light but all the same) smear to work it would need to be shown that the union bosses had preferential access to the place. Of which there is no evidence that has been presented…..
Hugh Bonneville informs Mandrake that he has got lucky again. Indeed, the star of Downton Abbey has just enjoyed a “fantastic” ride up at Leicester.
Mandrake does love the Hugh Bonneville stories, doesn’t he?
Glenn Greenwald admits he is leaving The Guardian after departure leaked
The Guardian journalist who worked with US whistleblower Edward Snowden has complained that details of him leaving the newspaper have been leaked.
The leaker leaked. What fun eh?
British Airways is believed to be looking for two air stewardesses who posted a video on YouTube of one of them stripping down to their underwear and writhing in a bath.
One of them certainly has a couple of notable distinguishing features.
The Americans use “Esq” as an honorific to identify those qualified to practice law.
We Brits use it to mean someone of distinction which is of course entirely the opposite meaning.
Mia Farrow: Woody Allen’s son Ronan ‘possibly’ Frank Sinatra’s
Err, yeah, whachoo think?
Responding to years of speculation, the actress, 68, acknowledged her son was “possibly” fathered by the rat-pack star, from whom she “never really split up” after their divorce in 1968.
Used to be a Mexican American comedian who had a great riff on the way that people didn\’t properly consider how the name of a product worked in other languages.
One example was the Chevy Nova. To a Spanish speaker this could easily be taken to be Chevy No Va. And what\’s the point of a car that doesn\’t go?
We seem to have another one from the Finns. The Nokia Lumia is one of their brands. Might not play out so well in certain parts of the Spanish speaking world (I think it\’s actually only parts of Spain but….)
(De or. inc.).
1. f. p. us. prostituta.
since the last full-length runway was opened in the South East in 1946,
And it seems that it\’s true as well:
Although a truncated runway capable of accommodating short-haul flights was opened at London City airport in the Eighties, all of the full-length runways in the South East that connect Britain to vital emerging markets pre-date the end of the war.
We could possibly mutter something about having a lot of runways left over from the war perhaps but it is astonishing that we\’ve not really added to the infrastructure give the growth in flying over those 70 odd years.
Sure, that we\’ve had the growth without having to add shows that we did have a lot of runways post war but still….an interesting statistic nonetheless.
Yes, I am sufficiently geeky.
Although $20 for a t-shirt? Has there been some inflation I\’m unaware of?
My new time machine. Set it for 5 minutes in the past.