“A Lady Rothermere trust is recorded in Jersey. It appears to refer to the late Lord Rothermere’s second wife, Maiko Lee, of Korean nationality. Rothermere’s son Jonathan by his first wife inherited the Daily Mail, also through a Jersey trust, and a Bermuda-registered offshore entity. Jonathan is estimated to be worth £760m. He has not denied claiming tax concessions as a “non-dom”, on the grounds that his father lived in Paris. He resides at Ferne Park, a stately home in Wiltshire built for him by architect Quinlan Terry.” The Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jul/10/whos-who-britain-legal-offshore-tax-avoidance-james-dyson
Last night’s live BBC debate was a somewhat chaotic affair. The BBC’s moderator and presenter Mishal Hussein had quite a task imposing order on the candidates. It was at times a heated affair but, overall, definitely worth watching.
According to the Daily Mail and Tory bigwigs it was also a rampantly biased one.
They complained bitterly that the audience was saturated with Corbynistas and that criticism of Corbyn was met with jeers from the audience. They complained that it was an exercise in rampant BBC bias supporting their favourite bogeymen; the ‘hard left.’
They lost no time making their displeasure known. Boris Johnson described it as:
Seven people speaking to probably the most left-wing studio audience the BBC has ever brought together.
Iain Duncan Smith stated that:
It’s quite clear there was an anti-Tory bias in the audience.’
Nicolas Soames was equally forthright, referring to a:
Typically rigged audience by BBC.
Even George Eaton, editor of the union-busting New Statesman, remarked ‘This feels like most left-wing audience in any election debate’ and, to be fair, there were also complaints from viewers.