A few juicy snippets from the accounts of Res Publica, the ‘think tank’ set up by the portly protagonist, Phillip Blond, in the glory days of the Tory election campaign. Blond, you may recall was doling out large dollops of economic and social advice to David Cameron – big society, locality, family, moral economy, virtuous elites, common popular customs.
But Blond is on less firm ground dealing with his own economic realities: funding shortages, staff laid off, rented premises locked due to unpaid rents (more here and here). So let us have a closer look at a few records (available at £1 per item from Companies House).
First, Blond is the sole director …
A dodgy set-up, is it not, as Political Scrapbook points out? All of which becomes even more dodgy when Res Publica is not, as is usually the case with such valuable social institutions, a non-profit organisation, but actually a private company:
Given that Blond plays cymbals, drum, ukelele and mouth-organ, he can also undertake business dealings purely with himself:
Nice, cosy set-up, especially in light of some big sums in the creditor-debtor columns:
No wonder his guru, John Milbank, should come to the ‘rescue’ earlier this year, becoming a second director:
WTF! Is Milbank related to Maclagan? Bugger me …