Shit of the Week: Grant Shapps

September 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm (Asshole, benefits, Beyond parody, capitalist crisis, homelessness, Human rights, Jim D, Tory scum)

Following a scathing report on UK housing conditions (and, in particular, the bedroom tax) from UN special rapporteur Raquel Rolnick, Tory Chairman Grant Shapps appeared on the BBC Today programme not to respond to her points, but to rant about her being “a woman from Brazil” and to demand “an apology and investigation into how this came about” from the UN.

Ms Rolnick, a member of the Brazilian Workers Party,  had said of the Bedroom Tax, “I was very shocked to hear how people really feel abused in their human rights by this decision and why — being so vulnerable — they should pay the cost of the economic downturn, which was brought about by the financial crisis. People in testimonies were crying, saying ‘I have nowhere to go’, I will commit suicide’.”

Ms Rolnick is a former urban planning minister. Grant Shapps is…what, exactly?

Grant Shapps

Well, a shyster, liar and charlatan for a start.

The photo above shows him posing as “Michael Green”, a “multi-million dollar web marketer” at an internet conference in Las Vegas in 2004.

Between 2004 and 2009 he ran a website called (part of a company he owned called How To Corp) giving get-rich-quick advice until blocked by Google for breaching its rules on copyright infringement. In his early years as an opposition MP, he also charged clients £183 an hour for advice on how to make money from the web and tips on beating the recession. When he unsuccessfully ran for Parliament in 1997, in the South London seat of Southwark and Bermondsey, his election leaflets described him as ‘a Londoner by birth’. When he stood successfully in Welwyn Hatfield in 2005, his literature stated that he was ‘born in Hertfordshire’.

In 2008 Shapps transferred his share in How To Corp to his wife and claimed he had “no [further] involvement” with it. Since he entered Parliament in 2010, all How To Corp’s websites have disappeared, removing all traces of “Michael Green” and his business activities.

So who would you trust and believe on the bedroom tax (or anything, come to that): the UN’s special rapporteur on housing, with five years’ experience of carrying out housing investigations in places as varied as the US, Croatia, Argentina, Israel, Rwanda, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and Algeria… or a fly-by-night spiv from Watford who once used a false name to sell get-rich-quick schemes?


  1. R F McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

    If you’ve ever had the misfortune to encounter him in real life he is also a tiny, tiny little man who makes even a shortarse like me feel tall.

    I once watched him ‘debate’ with Sarah Teather (one of the most tedious hours of a life which has had a great many) and it was like watching an exchange in the Senate of Lilliput….

  2. Jim Denham said,

    I was going to call him a “little shit” but was worried about accusations of sizesm.

    I am myself (in the words of Tony Hancock) “not quite six foot.”

    • Jim M. said,

      I am myself 6’4” and a fairly chunky 16 stone to boot.

      Please. oh pleeease may I just squash the odiously mendacious little shit?

      • Mike Killingworth said,

        Of course you may, Jim, as far as we’re all concerned. However, top level rugby suggests that second row forwards are rarely as fast as fly halves…

  3. Mike Killingworth said,

    I am 5′ 7″ (I was once an inch taller, but age has that effect.)

    It’s known that politics is unduly attractive to vertically-challenged men. Would it be better, do you think. if ballot papers included details of candidates’ height and wieght?

    • R F McCarthy (@RF_McCarthy) said,

      I am 5′ 7″ and a half (and that I bother with that half tells you everything).

      And somebody actually did an analysis of US presidential candidates height showing that in most cases the taller one wins.

      As for Shapps his physical puniness is indeed clearly an important psychological factor which is the only reason it is worth mentioning at all – particularly as a Tory he is surrounded by towering Etonian alpha males (Cameron is 6′ 1″, Osborne 6′) who are all at least a head taller than him and as ‘dwarfgate’ indicated are exactly the sort of pricks who dissolve in giggles when confronted with oikish little men who need to stand on boxes.

  4. finbar said,

    Should he be block over a evicted bed sit mattress by some females frustrations.and their tools of shaft.

  5. Jim Denham said,

    The little shit gets the full Crick treatment:

  6. Dave Kirk said,

    Speaking of rightwing Shits. The Daily Mail is smearing Rolnik in classic red baiting sexist style as a mad commie witch (literally):

    • Jim M. said,

      I make no claim to be an authority, neither on a Marxist upbringing (whatever that may be… perhaps we could ask Ed or David?) nor on Candomblé but I am confused as to why anyone Marxist or Marxian in outlook might think the spirit of Ol’ Beardy would be at all interested in what they may or may not have done with the entrails of a chicken.

      But as I point out above… I really know too little about it to make further comment worthwhile.

      I strongly suspect the same is true of the Daily Fail.

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