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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Sir Malc Rifkind's Family In High Places

Brittan/Rifkind Cousin

Ex convict Gerald Ronson picked up a CBE in the New Years Honours to the astonishment of the Daily Mail- but not the Dame.  Ronson has powerful political allies. And powerful family members at the top of the political tree. Leading off is our very own Malc Rifkind-not as rich as cousin Gerald, but with £350k a year in various director's fees quite comfortable. The Dame does not believe having such a powerful and well connected family made any difference to Ronson's honour........

Another Ronson/Rifkind cousin is Lord Brittan rudely described as  
Lord Brittan-The Fat Poodle
    'Thatcher's Fat Poodle' when EU Commissioner

Leading up the rear- not Leon but brother, Sir Samuel Brittan.....

Sir Sam Brittan Big Noise at the FT

£500k MP Sir Malc and family

and last but not least...


  1. They look a most unattractive bunch

  2. Rifkind's income from directorships is a total disgrace to the political system. If he actually services these roles, as opposed to just being a name on the letterhead, there is no way he can represent his constituents.

    So much for 'cleaning up politics'. Cameron - shame on you.

  3. So what has happened to Lord Pooter? Although not formally a part of the New Year's Honours List, political peerages are geenrally announced at the same time. This is a devastating blow to all his fellow Tory councillors who were expecting him to stand down as Leader today. Does this mean we now have to wait until June? Or is he now dead in the water?

  4. Kensington Resident31 December 2011 at 10:08

    Rifkind is another "me, me, me" politician seeing out his days in the safe Kensington seat. And not having the decency to move off quietly having failed for quite a number of years to do a single thing for constituents. In contrast to Greg Hands MP who could teach Rif a thing or three.

    Rifkind intends to stand again at the next election. A travesty if ever there was one

    Why is K&C so stuffed with freeloaders?

  5. Should it not have been Leon leading up the rear.....

  6. The Hornet is read in many quarters, Round Two. Maybe even the Honours Approvals Committee. Too many question marks over the behaviour and motivations of Pooter?

    The Committee has a long memory. Remember that Harold Wilson sent his friend Mr Kagan (Ganex Raincoats) to the House of Lords. We all know what happened to the crook Kagan.

    We can do without another bad smell

  7. Barry is still hoping to take tea with Cllr Cockell in the House of Lords. It is proving to be a long wait but he often boasted that this ambition was the basis of his support and friendship to Pooter.

    So shallow

  8. Person Familiar With The Situation31 December 2011 at 10:16

    There is more to the Cockell/Phelps story than tea in the House of Lords

    Much more

  9. Wash out your mouth 10.11.

    Tortured Leon found happiness with his ready made wife and two daughters. They were joyfully present in Covent Garden last week for five hours of Wagner

    But the boy still has a sharp eye.

  10. Come on 10.16, don't be shy. I swear that's the THIRD time you've hinted about this 'bigger picture' between Pooter and Phelps. Give us a clue?

  11. @31 December 2011 07:05 - They're all related in one way.

  12. 10.16 I, too am dying to know what else there is to the Cockell/Phelps story.

    One thing is obvious: Mark Daley was pushed out because Pooter (and others?) could not bear to see the issue go to the Standards Committee. This would have been inevitable if Daley had remained a Councillor. Even though the Standards Committee is under Pooter's thumb, too much daylight would have been shed on the entire Barry Phelps issue if the matter had gone before Standards. Also Daley would have been under immense public scrutiny, which would have done Pooter's ambitions of enoblement and LGA Leadership no good. So Daley was bullied into resigning. Who knows what would have come out if the matter had gone to Standards? Perhaps Daley even had some information that he could have used in his defence. It's a shame he didn't have the guts to stick it out.

    Sadly this is the way business is done in the Royal Borough.

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