The electors of Kirkaldy are a tribal lot, and will probably not question why their MP is being paid full salary but never shows his face in the Commons. The latest issue of the Register of Members Financial Interests might explain why; he's too busy giving speeches to Nigerians (poor buggers - they probably thought Independence meant the end of being talked at by lunatic Scotsmen). Brown's latest returns show he's been a busy boy:-
Payments as Distinguished Global Leader in Residence at New York University: Campuses in
New York, Abu Dhabi and Florence.
Address: 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012:
Payment of £102,568.55, which includes transport and accommodation costs for me
and a member of my staff to travel to the New York University Campuses. Hours:
Payment of £62,181.32 from ThisDay for speech. Address: 35 Creek Road, Apapa, Lagos,
Nigeria. Hours: 4 hrs. Flights also paid for an earlier cancelled event: £1,714.98 (Registered
24 November 2010; updated 20 January 2011)
Payment of £37.047.01 for speech to HT Media Limited. Address: Hindustan Times House,
18-20 K G Marg, New Delhi, 111001, India. Hours: 2.5 hrs. Flights also paid for me and a
member of my staff: £13,544. (Registered 24 November; updated 20 January 2011)
Payment of £49,052.69 for speech to King Saud University. Address: P.O. Box 2454 Riyadh,
Saudi Arabia 11451. Hours: 3.5 hrs. Flights and accommodation also paid; value £6,832.27.
(Registered 25 January 2011)
Signature and delivery advance of £78,289.61 from Sterling Lord Literistic for book published
on 7 December 2010. Address: 65 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012.
Payment of £7,050 from The Guardian, for extracts from book. Address: Kings Place, 90
York Way, London N1 9GU. (Registered 5 April 2011)
Payment of £48,166 for speech to Visa International. Address: 30 Raffles Place #10-00
Chevron House, Singapore 0486622. Hours: 2.5 hrs. Flights and accommodation also paid
for me and a member of my staff; value £16,627.55. (Registered 5 April 2011)
Payment of £36,639.66 for speech to Credit Suisse in Miami, Florida. Address: 11 Madison
Avenue, New York, NY 10010. Hours: 2.5 hrs. Flights and accommodation to Miami also
paid; value £10,743.94. (Registered 5 April 2011)
Payment of £36,018.18 for speech to Comtec Med in Geneva, Switzerland. Address of
Comtec: 53 Rothschild Boulevard, PO Box 68 Tel Aviv, 61000 Israel. Hours: 3 hrs. Flights
and accommodation to Geneva also paid for me and a member of my staff; value £2,949.13.
(Registered 19 April 2011)
Payment of £35,873.94 for speech to World 50, Inc in New York. Address of World 50:
3525 Piedmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30305 USA. Hours: 2.5 hrs. Flights and accommodation
to New York also paid for me and a member of my staff; value £11,255.07. (Registered 31
Payment of £36,174.63 for speech to Pacific Investment Mortgage Company (PIMCO) in
Newport Beach, California. Address of PIMCO: 1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York,
NY 10105, USA. Hours: 4 hrs. Flights and accommodation in California also paid for me
and a member of my staff; value £12,484.87. (Registered 7 June 2011)
Payment of £36,174.63 for speech to Economic Club of Southwestern Michigan in Benton
Harbor, Michigan. Address of Economic Club: 2887 Villa Lane, Benton harbor, MI 49022,
USA. Hours: 3.5 hrs. Flights and accommodation in Michigan also paid; value £2,346.67.
(Registered 7 June 2011)
Payment of £36,146.29 for speech to Skybridge Capital in Las Vegas. Address of Skybridge
Capital: 527 Madison Avenue, 6th floor, New York, NY 10022, USA. Hours: 3 hrs. Flights
and accommodation in Las Vegas also paid; value £2,008.58. (Registered 7 June 2011)
Payment of £36,292.84 for speech to Citi Latin America in New York. Address of Cit Latin
America: 201 S.Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 700, Miami, FL 33131, USA. Hours: 3 hrs.
Flights and accommodation in New York also paid; value £2,008.58. (Registered 7 June 2011)
Payment for staff and research of £42,158.38 as Chairman of the World Economic Forum
Policy Coordination Group. Address of donor: Route de la Capite 91-93, 1223
Cologny/Geneva. Hours: ongoing commitment. (Registered 7 June 2011)
Airfare and accommodation in Geneva also paid, £1,657.64. (Registered 30 June
Payment of £36,224.88 for speech to Pershing LLC in Miami. Address of Pershing: Pershing
LLC, One Pershing Plaza, 4th Floor, Jersey City, NJ 07399, USA. Hours: 3 hrs. Flights and
accommodation to Miami also paid for me and a member of my staff; value £16,545.25.
(Registered 21 June 2011)
Name of donor: Chinese People’s Institute for Foreign Affairs
Address of donor: 71 Nanchizi Street, Beijing 100006, China
Amount of donation (or estimate of the probable value): flight and accommodation in Beijing
Not in Blair's league, obv. And each entry contains the meretricious little clause "I am not receiving any money from this engagement personally. It is being held by the Office of Gordon and Sarah Brown for the employment of staff to support my ongoing involvement in public life." Just in case any Calvinist souls in Kirkaldy question Mr Brown's ability to pass through the eye of a needle.
And if only someone would submit an FOI request to the Met Commissioner to disclose the cost to the London taxpayer of the police protection provided for Brown's globetrotting self-aggrandisement, perhaps we could send the troughing bastard a bill? Not to benefit personally, of course, but to support the provision of a police service for the people of London.