9am Lowdown: Jeremy Corbyn gives Richard Murphy the ‘cold shoulder’
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Jeremy Corbyn gives Richard Murphy the ‘cold shoulder’
Richard Murphy told The Guardian earlier last week about his disappointment following the collapse of his relationship with Jeremy Corbyn.
Murphy assumed he would take a senior role within the Labour’s shadow treasury. But as soon as Corbyn sealed Labour leadership, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell drafted in his own economic advisors. Murphy said: “What became fairly clear was that I would have been some form of special adviser. That’s not a job for a 57-year-old. Am I temperamentally suited to being the behind-the-scenes guy who isn’t noticed in public? Probably not.”
HMRC Shipley office closed due to flooding
HMRC’s Shipley office has closed for two weeks as a result of flooding, according to a post on LinkedIn from an officer at a software developer support team.
Jimmy France wrote: “Unfortunately as a result of the severe weather conditions our Shipley office has been closed due to flooding. We expect the office to remain closed for at least two weeks. In the meantime we will try to maintain a service as close to normal as we possibly can but please bear in mind that there may be delays in responding to your e-mails and telephone enquiries.”
HMRC’s woes mirror that of many accountants who have been swamped by Storm Desmond and Eva. Speaking to AccountingWEB last week, Stuart Jones urged HMRC to give a conclusive answer on what allowances will be made to accountants who have been affected by the storms.
UK’s biggest rapper is a wannabe accountant
The rapper Tinie Tempah has had more UK number one songs than any artist this decade. But his dream as a kid was to become an accountant, according to a profile in The Telegraph.
“Tinie Tempah may be the only rapper in history who dreamed of becoming an accountant,” reads the profile. “‘No one dreams of becoming an accountant,’ I tell him.
“‘I know. Even my accountant doesn’t want to be an accountant. He wants to be a rapper. But I always wanted to be accountant,’ he shrugs.”
Tempah, real name Patrick Okugwu, is an ambassador for LifeSkills which goes into schools and youth clubs to teach children some of the basics about getting on the job ladder. According to Okugwu, he set himself a deadline to make it in the rap game before he would’ve moved into accountancy.