While claims that Michael Gove will replace the chair of Britain’s schools inspectorate with a Tory donor splashed the papers earlier this week, regular Scrapbook readers may have been less than surprised — as the education secretary is absolutely shameless in placing Tories in supposedly non-political roles. Leaving genuine political advisers to one side, here’s a run-down of his cronies: £2M EDUCATION […]

The Tories’ attempts to refer a left-wing think tank to the Charity Commission have backfired in exactly the manner Scrapbook predicted on Tuesday — with an audio recording of David Cameron’s speech to a right-wing counterpart revealing similar links between wonks and Westminster. Conservatives having already installed their placeman as Charity Commission chair, government bag carrier Charlie Elphicke complained about […]

Having reported Oxfam to regulators for, erm, highlighting drivers of poverty in the UK, the Tories were again using the Charity Commission as a stick to beat opponents last week — by claiming that IPPR is too close to the Labour Party under charity law. Dover MP Charlie Elphicke’s letter the Commission: “The Charity Commission’s own guidance states […]

Hats off to “David Cameron’s favourite think tank” and the inventors of “Greggs Man”, Policy Exchange, for the impressive chutzpah of their membership-based fundraising wheeze. Joining their “Insight Club” for £140 per year, you will get the following: “Invitations to all our public events“ “Special invitations to the annual Insight Club members-only party with special guest speaker” […]