Archiv: blackmail


09.02.2019 - 20:10 [ Bloomberg.com ]

The Bezos-National Enquirer Story Has *Everything*

Bezos’s accusation last night that National Enquirer owner American Media Inc. is trying to blackmail him had everything: Extortion, murder, politics, a billionaire’s private parts. It inspired both HuffPost and the elder Post to write the mathematically perfect tabloid headline, which I will not reprint in this wholesome family newsletter. More seriously, this is the latest and weirdest front in a clash of titans pitting the President of the United States against the World’s Richest Man.

28.12.2018 - 16:36 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

EU planning to hit small businesses in UK with VAT bombshell after Brexit, MPs warn

Brussels is preparing to reduce the threshold at which businesses start paying VAT from a turnover of £85,000 to £76,700 in a bid to „harmonise“ tax systems.

MPs on the EU scrutiny committee warned Britain will have to accept the move if it comes into force after Brexit in March 2019 because it will lose its right to veto the plans.

28.12.2018 - 15:25 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: Jeremy Corbyn challenges Theresa May to recall parliament early over critical vote on deal

In an interview with The Independent, the Labour leader said he believed the prime minister and her allies were engaged in a “cynical manoeuvre” to run down the clock and offer MPs the “choice of the devil or the deep blue sea”.

His remarks come as the Commons prepares to vote on the UK-EU deal in the week beginning 14 January – in what is being billed as the most significant moment in parliament for a generation.

26.12.2018 - 18:11 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Is the era of central bank independence over?

The fortress walls of the Bank of England project an image of solidity, stability and impregnability. It matches the reputation it has tried to build over more than 400 years for sober analysis and, in recent years, steady impartiality.

Yet its defences have been infiltrated.

30.11.2018 - 09:13 [ CityAM.com ]

Critics accuse Bank of England of using its forecasts to play with politics

The Bank of England sparked a row today after publishing analysis of its ‘worst case Brexit scenario’ just 13 days ahead of a crucial Parliamentary vote on Theresa May’s deal.

29.11.2018 - 18:14 [ Spiked ]

Why the Brexit fearmongering won’t work – Elites have always tried to pit economic stability against democratic control.

The Remain campaign put economic risk front and centre – and they lost. And yet the anti-Brexit set still seem convinced that more gloomy prognostications will eventually bring Leave voters to their senses.

They’re wrong. So painfully wrong that it is hard not to put it down to pig ignorance.

29.11.2018 - 17:20 [ Spiked ]

Mark Carney’s Brexit catastrophism – This isn’t ‘forecasting’, it’s economic blackmail.

Yesterday, the UK government and the Bank of England separately presented their analyses of several different ‘scenarios’ for the UK economy after Brexit. Unsurprisingly, given the anti-Brexit prejudices in establishment circles, both conclude that the best result for us would be to remain in the EU.

29.11.2018 - 09:21 [ Sky News ]

Jacob Rees-Mogg savages ’second-tier‘ Mark Carney

(28.11.2018) Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has dismissed the governor of the Bank of England as „a second-tier Canadian politician“ who „got a job in the UK“.

29.11.2018 - 09:18 [ theGuardian.com ]

Bank of England chief is ‚enemy of Brexit‘, says Jacob Rees-Mogg

(25.10.2017) He added: “Mark Carney is one of the enemies of Brexit. He has opposed it consistently.”

Carney, the Canadian central banker who was handpicked in 2012 for his role at the Bank by George Osborne when chancellor, warned about the economic risks of Brexit during last year’s referendum campaign.

28.11.2018 - 21:11 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚They ALWAYS get it wrong‘: Brexiteers lash out at ‚Project Fear 2.0′ after government unveils study claiming ’no deal‘ would cost each Briton £3,000

– Brexiteers have lashed out after the government issued Brexit deal forecasts
– Official government analysis admits every Brexit option is bad for the economy
– The PM’s proposals would see growth 2.5 per cent lower over a 15-year period
– But no-deal could deliver a 10 per cent hit to GDP, the new estimates suggest

28.11.2018 - 21:08 [ Chris Giles , Economics Editor, FT / Twitter ]

My column: Politicians hoping for a TARP scenario to force Brexit through Parliament should take note of how little notice markets are taking of the BoE at the moment via @financialtimes

(23.11.2018)

28.11.2018 - 20:59 [ Alex Wickham, senior political correspondent @BuzzFeedUK ‏/ Twitter ]

Surprised more wasn’t made of the Sunday Times story that No10 is planning to encourage a crash in the financial markets. Now @peston also says that’s the plan:

(21.11.2018)

28.11.2018 - 20:48 [ theGuardian.com ]

Bank of England says no-deal Brexit would be worse than 2008 crisis

Bank warns of immediate economic crash, GDP to fall by 8%, unemployment to rise to 7.5%

25.11.2018 - 15:58 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit EU summit LIVE: EU leaders issue ultimatum to MPs — back May’s deal or get nothing

EU leaders have challenged MPs to either back Theresa May’s Brexit deal or face up to the economic consequences of crashing out of the bloc.

21.11.2018 - 19:06 [ Sebastian Payne, @FinancialTimes political leader writer ‏/ Twitter ]

@Peston reporting that the May government is „banking on“ the stock market and sterling to tank if the Commons rejects her Brexit deal on first pass – the so-called „TARP scenario“ as outlined by @rbrharrison.

21.11.2018 - 19:01 [ Alex Wickham, senior political correspondent @BuzzFeedUK ‏/ Twitter ]

Surprised more wasn’t made of the Sunday Times story that No10 is planning to encourage a crash in the financial markets. Now @peston also says that’s the plan:

21.11.2018 - 18:56 [ itv.com ]

Theresa May’s cunning plan to get Brexit deal through Parliament

But MPs would then stare into the „abyss“, she said, recognise that a no-deal Brexit would be a disaster and another referendum too risky, and would then approve the deal – perhaps slightly modified – when brought back to them a second time.

This is what ministers refer to as the „TARP model“ – as recently coined by former government aide Rupert Harrison.

For the uninitiated, TARP was the US scheme to bail out bust banks after the Crash in 2008.

05.11.2018 - 08:14 [ New York Times ]

Did You Vote? Now Your Friends May Know (and Nag You)

Whom Americans vote for is private. But other information in their state voter files is public information; depending on the state, it can include details like their name, address, phone number and party affiliation and when they voted. The apps try to match the people in a smartphone’s contacts to their voter files, then display some of those details.