Rod Liddle’s views on rich Russian oligarchs revisited


by Sunny Hundal    
9:01 am - January 12th 2010

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Liberal Conspiracy has been forwarded a link by a reader that may create tension between the newly touted editor of the Independent, and the man who may employ him: Russian billionaire Alexander Lebedev.

Yesterday the Guardian’s Roy Greenslade reported that the Indy’s editor-in-chief Simon Kelner was behind the decision to push forward Rod Liddle’s name.

In a book review published in the Sunday Times in July 2009, Rod Liddle wrote:

There’s bling, you see, and then there’s blingski — which is a different, more elevated beast altogether. If you enjoy revelling in the outrageous vulgarity, tastelessness and ruthlessness of people who are rich beyond all imagining, then this is the book for you.

It is a magnificently emetic account of the lifestyles of the Russki oligarchs who, since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, have made their homes in London to take advantage of our generous tax laws, imperviousness to extradition proceedings and profusion of sushi restaurants. It is not quite, as the subtitle suggests, the “inside” story of the oligarchs — but it is about as close as the authors dare to get.

[emphasis mine] Rod Liddle goes on to say later:

The book ends on a predictably darker note, with a trail of dead and extensive legal action. The oligarchs (now, how can I put this without incurring a writ?) may not always have acquired their fortunes in what we, here, would describe as a totally transparent manner. It is alleged that Putin’s government has pursued its enemies abroad with a certain ruthlessness, and when the oligarchs did not bend to his will and stop interfering in politics they — with the exception of the canny Abramovich — have felt his wrath.

In his Wikipedia entry, Alexander Lebedev is referred to as one of Russia’s oligarchs.

We wonder if Rod Liddle has since then changed his mind on the issue.

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1. Sunder Katwala

First sensible thing he’s said? Can’t really knock that.

People really must read Toby young’s case ‘for’ Liddle. With friends like these ….

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tobyyoung/100021938/three-cheers-for-rod-liddle/

take advantage of our generous tax laws

I thought our tax laws were really bad for rich people in London??

He hasn’t changed his mind because he never had a mind to begin with. He would just talk any old shite if he thought someone wanted him to say it.

“I thought our tax laws were really bad for rich people in London??”

They’re very good indeed for people who don’t make their money in the UK. You know, this non-dom thing?

And as someone who spent a number of years living in Moscow, Liddle’s right on with the “blingski” thing.

Sheeesh, the guys’ only trying to get a job.

I wonder what you’re like for a reference.

Sunder @ 1

Yes – appoint Liddle cos’:-

He snogs girls in public (get yourself a room, Rod) – which is something no-one over the age of 14 should get away with doing. It looks horrible & sounds worse.
He writes stupidly outrageous things in order to appear controversial and edgy. He’s a male version of Julie Burchill except that he isn’t funny.
He’s a rude buffoon.
Toby Young likes him.

Looks like we have a winner.

And it ain’t Rod.

http://twitter.com/suzannemoore197

the point is where does your money come from and where is it taxed…if a non-dom only remits enough money to the uk to pay for the rent and meals…no extra tax is due…sorry darlings


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