Sunday, February 10, 2008

George Galloway/Ann Widdecombe: Kerching!

Adam Macqueen - his site is on my blogroll - of Private Eye draws my attention to the MPs' Register of Interests (last updated Jan 22, 2008) which provides interesting, if (in some notable cases) not entirely complete, snapshots of the life and times of our elected reps. Socialist George Galloway of Respect and Celebrity Big Brother, in particular, displays an instinct for capitalism that can only be admired ...

Advance on 'I'm not the only one', published by Penguin. (£25,001-£30,000)
Advance on the Fidel Castro Handbook from MQ publishers. (Up to £5,000)
Advance on 'Mr Galloway goes to Washington' from The New Press.
Series of 15 events organised by Clive Conway Ltd. (£10,001-£15,000)
Fees for hosting a radio show every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night on Talk Sport Radio. (£100,001-£105,000)
Fee for appearing on ITV's 'Don't Call Me Stupid'. (£10,001-£15,000) (Registered 26 June 2007)
Fee for presenting Big Brother's Big Mouth on C4. (£35,001-£40,000) (Registered 26 June 2007)
Weekly column in Scottish Daily Record (from 25 June 2007) (£25,001-£30,000)

In a similar class is the Tories' (and TV's) Ann Widdecombe ...

Advance of £100,000 plus performance bonuses from Weidenfeld & Nicholson for third and fourth books.
Booked through Clive Conway Associates:
Series of lectures at theatres around the country, (£15,001-£20,000)
Daily Express columnist. (£45,001-£50,000)
Payment from Channel 4 for appearance on Countdown. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 15 February 2007)
Payment from BBC for appearance in a forthcoming drama series. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 15 February 2007)
Payment from BBC for an appearance on Grumpy Guides. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 28 February 2007)
Payment from ITV for an appearance in a forthcoming series. (£25,001-£30,000) (Registered 28 February 2007)
Payment from Channel 4 for an appearance on Countdown. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 11 June 2007)
Payment from BBC for appearing on What Are You Like? (Up to £5,000) (Registered 11 June 2007)
Payment from Leagas Delaney for appearance in an advertisement. (Up to £5,000) (Registered 30 July 2007)
Payment from Talkback Thames for appearance on Cooking the Books. (£10,001-£15,000) (Registered 4 December 2007)
Payment from Daily Mail for article on 'Cranford'. (£10,001-£15,000) (Registered 4 December 2007)
Payment for appearance on Have I Got News For You. (£5,001-£10,000) (Registered 4 December 2007)
Payment for Daily Telegraph Podcast (from 9 January 2008). (£5,001-£10,000)

That last figure did surprise me. I believe she spoke for about ... 15 minutes? I could be wrong.


faceless said...

You should try to understand the concept that socialism dow NOT mean that you refuse to make money. I'd have thought someone as usually informed as you (pshaw) would know the difference already - but clearly you're just another pot-stirrer. Yawn.

If you really want to know how this works, look up the words 'communism' and then 'socialism'. You'll be doing yourself a favour and people such as myself will be spared the disappointment of seeing yet another sheep emerge from the crowd.

See you when you're better informed.

Clair said...

...and then there's their part-time job as an elected representative of the people, that trite, piffling little thing, that they do for about two seconds a week.