The millionaires’ club
The TaxPayers’ Alliance yesterday published its annual review. It was brimming with the headlines they’ve generated and targets they’ve beaten, but something was missing: that page you get in every other annual review showing income and expenditure alongside a couple of pie charts. How could they have been so careless?
So we’re still none the wiser about how much the TPA raises and spends, let alone who funds it (although we do know it receives free office space courtesy of David Alberto, managing director of serviced office supplier Avanta).
But when it comes to fundraising, it can’t do any harm having three of Britain’s richest men on your West Midlands Council:
All three are also members of the secretive Midlands Industrial Council, whose murky activities we’ve covered before. Robert Edmiston has courted controversy over his backing of Christian academy schools, and in 2005 the House of Lords Appointments Commission blocked his nomination for a peerage by the Conservative Party.
*Wealth according to Birmingham Post Rich List at start of 2009. Sunday Times gives different estimates, and all three have lost several million since the banking crash (which will at least reduce their tax bills).
Posted by Clifford Singer at 07:44am on 17 September 2009
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