Tag Archives: taxpayers alliance

Worth reading 39: Unluck comes in threes

Bored? Then it’s time for some linkage: Colonel Albert Bachmann – Telegraph obituary of a Swiss spy, whose life resembled something from a black comedy about the Cold War. The Lib Dem Leadership Don’t Get It – But I Do – Jennie explains the elephant in the room that the party leadership aren’t acknowledging. TPA […]

Worth Reading 35: Tetrahedral photography

Walking, joking, sponging, whitewashing and precedent-setting: A whitewashed Earthsea – Ursula K LeGuin on how her characters changed from non-white to white once they appeared on TV The ‘only known joke about collective nouns’ – From local copywriter Ben Locker New Kosovo president Jahjaga sets a precedent – You know how a sign of getting […]

Worth Reading 30: Into middle youth

There are now officially 150 things worth reading on the internet. The people disarmed – Chris Bertram’s take on the Libyan no fly zone. TPA – Sinclair the Shameless – An excellent post from Tim Fenton of Zelo Street on the many ways you can describe Matthew Sinclair of the Taxpayers’ Alliance. Cosmonaut Crashed Into […]

Rent-a-quote inflation

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about the costs to councils generated by the Taxpayers Alliance. I just looked at the time spent by press officers dealing with the queries caused by their stories, but now PoliticalHackUK has gone a bit further and looked at the cost of the various Freedom of Information […]

How much does it cost to rent a quote?

The Taxpayers Alliance have got their calculator out again, this time to spuriously calculate the ‘cost to taxpayers’ of public employees being allowed to take part in Union business. But, this got me thinking about what the cost to the public sector – and hence the taxpayer – of the Taxpayers Alliance might be. Let’s […]

It must be opposite day

It’s not hard to find the Taxpayers Alliance denouncing governmental waste and criticising elected officials who have wasted public money. So, it’s quite easy to guess what they’re going to say when an MP is ordered to repay £60,000 of his expenses, isn’t it? Come on, have a guess – will it be to demand […]

On behalf of the 0.04%

As a bit of follow up to last night’s post about rent-a-quote organisations, today throws up some interesting media guidelines on reporting the Taxpayers’ Alliance (pdf file), from The Other Taxpayers Alliance. The flowchart on how to get a quote for your story is particularly amusing. (Original link from Anton Vowl on Twitter)