Nasty G3 private security and the lazy old Duke of Westminster
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Sat Aug 16 01:25:33 BST 2014
But no: these subsidies go to the very richest
people in Britain. The Duke of Westminster,
Gerald Grosvenor number 8 on this years Sunday
Times Rich List receives some £820,000 a year.
The Duke of Buccleuch, RichardScott number 434
in this years Sunday Times Rich List receives
some £405,000. Indeed, the money seems to go to
organisations who dont even do any farming:
Serco receive some £2 million. Talk about scroungers.
Man linked to Werritty scandal hired by Tories election strategist
Eugene Curley worked for G3, a company which had
funded the flights of Liam Foxs adviser
INVESTIGATIONS EDITOR - Sunday 10 August 2014
David Camerons general election strategist has
hired the former boss of a controversial
corporate intelligence agency linked to a scandal
that forced the resignation of Liam Fox as Defence Secretary.
The Independent has learnt that Lynton Crosby,
the Australian political operator running the
Tories general election campaign, appointed
Eugene Curley to the board of two of his
companies last month and that he is expected to
take on a full-time executive role imminently.
The Conservatives have insisted that Mr Curley
will not be working on the partys election
campaign. The Tories contract is not with Mr
Crosby himself but with his firm CrosbyTextor. A
number of CrosbyTextor employees are known to be
providing external support to the party.
Mr Curley has a low public profile but enjoys
close links with the highest levels of
Government. He started his career at the Bank of
England but then spent more than 25 years in the
Foreign Office with postings in Mexico, Paris and
to the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Most recently he has been working as chief
executive of the secretive investigations agency
the Good Governance Group (G3), which employs a
number of former intelligence and security officials from around the world.
G3 specialises in providing intelligence for big
business including competitor analysis and
cyber security. The chairman of G3s advisory board is the Duke of Westminster.
In 2011, it emerged that the firm was one of
several companies with security interests to fund
the international flights of Adam Werritty, close
adviser to the then Defence Secretary Liam Fox.
Mr Fox was forced to resign after he was found
guilty of a serious breach of the ministerial code.
G3 also used to employ John Yates, the Mets
former head of counter-terrorism, who left
Scotland Yard amid claims he failed properly to
investigate phone hacking at the News of the World.
The agency was reportedly paid £1.5m by the
government of Bahrain to support [its] stance
before the international community. When he
worked for G3, Mr Yates acted as police adviser
to the dictatorial regime, which has been
condemned for its brutal oppression of opponents.
When Bahrains Formula One Grand Prix took place
against a backdrop of protests, Mr Yates appeared
on news reports defending the stuttering reform
process and describing the unrest as criminal
acts against unarmed police who acted with remarkable restraint.
A Tory spokesman said: It is categorically wrong
to suggest Mr Curley will at any point be working
on the Conservative campaign in any form.
A spokesperson for CrosbyTextor said Mr Curley
had been hired for his outstanding experience in business.
They added that suggesting or hinting that he is
joining the CrosbyTextor group to work with the
Conservative Party, or on the election, is simple fabrication.
For the avoidance of any doubt, Mr Curley will
be working for another division of the group that
has no involvement with, nor does any work for or
designed to benefit, the Conservative Party, the spokesperson said.
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