The prison routine of a globe-trotting socialite – MoneyWeek


BlacksayshecontinuestoprayandattendMass,hasstartedtolearnthepiano,somethinghismotherwouldntlethimdoasachild,andiswritinganaccountofhislegalwoescalledTheFightofMyLife。

Iluncharound11am,workonemails,playthepianofor30to60minutes,returntomytutoringtasksby1pm,returntomyunitat3pm,dealwithmoreemails,restfrom4pmto6pm,eatdinnerintheunit,goforawalkinthecompoundorrecreationyardforacoupleofhours,drinkingcoffeewell-madebyColombianfellowresidents,andcomebackintotheresidenceabout8。

30pm,dealwithemailsandwhatever,havemyshoweretcaroundmidnight,readuntil1am-1。

30amandgotosleep。

Black,64,soundsquitecheerfulaboutitall,thoughlifeindetentionmustseemlimitingfortheformerglobetrottingsocialitewhoonceownedtheworldsthird-biggestnewspapergroup。

NowadaysheseesvisitorsonMondays,ThursdaysandFridays;theystayforaboutfourhourstoconverseandeatfromtheautomaticvendingmachines。

Hedoesntmentionhiswife,whohasbeenspendingtimeattheirhomeinTorontoaswellasattheirocean-frontmansioninPalmBeach,afour-hourdrivefromthejail。

Microhemline,megapricetag

ChristopheDecarnin,therocknrolldesignerfamousforhis£1,000rippedandtornjeans,hasdesignedsomenewmicro-dresses。

Howmuchdoyouthinktheyreworth:£500?

£1,000?

Theylookquitesmart,itstrue,butthereisntexactlyanexcessofmaterialinvolved:thefashioneditorofTheDailyTelegraph,HilaryAlexander,describesthemaspossiblytheshortestmicro-dressesintheworld。

ThedresseswereexhibitedinDecarninsautumn/wintercollectionforBalmainattheParisprêt-a-porterseasonlastweek。

AccordingtoAlexander,JoanBurstein,theownerofaLondonboutiquethatstocksBalmain,estimatesthemicro-dresses,encrustedwithcrystalsanddiamanteandmadefromclinging,black-stretchleatherandelectric-bluesatin,couldcarrypricetagsstartingat£10,000。

Clearly,therecessionhasyettohitthefashionindustry。

Tabloidmoney…Weneedtotearupbenefitssystemandstartagain



Werenowpayingcriminalstoburgleourhouses,saysFergusShanahaninTheSun。

JackStraw,theinjusticesecretary,sayscashisgiventolagsletoutearlytocompensatethemforlossoffreefoodandlodging。

Manyconsgostraightbacktotheiroldways,robbingyourhouseinthemorningandclaimingcompofromthegovernmentintheafternoon。

Fiftythousandcriminalshavebeenfreedearlytoeaseovercrowdingand£5mpaidtothem。

WemightjustaswellputthemupintheDorchestertofinishtheirsentences。



Inthesebelt-tighteningtimes,saysFionaPhillipsintheDailyMirror,therearecertainstatehandoutstherichcaneasilydowithout–childbenefitforone。

Itsludicrousthatsomeoneearningmorethan£100,000ayearreceives£20aweekfortheireldestchildand£13。

20foreachadditionalchild–thesameassomeoneearning£20,000ayear。

Whynotmeanstestitandsaveusallafortune?



TounderstandwhatsdraggingBritaindown,considerthesethreefacts,saysFraserNelsonintheNewsoftheWorld:

1。

Byhavingachildandsigningon,awomancanearnmorethanabarmaid,cookorhairdresser。

2。

SinceLabourcametopowermostnewUKjobshavebeenfilledbyworkersbornoutsideofEurope。

3。

TheUKwelfaredepartmenthasmoreclients(i。

e。

peopleonthedole)thanIrelandhaspeople。

Thewelfarestatespecialisesinkeepingpeopletrappedonbenefitsforgood。

Weneedtodomorethanreformit。

Weneedtotearupthebenefitssystemandstartalloveragain。



Everyoneagreesprintingmoneycausesinflation,saysJeremyClarksoninTheSun。

Icannotunderstandwhy。

AsfarasIcanworkout,noonecan。

Youdneedtobeahumansuper-computertogettogripswithitall。

Andourchancellorisntevenalaptop。

Hesjustasmall-townsolicitorfromScotland。

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