Saturday, November 26, 2005

Rescuing Lord Black


Black wants Canadian citizenship back: report
Only Canadian citizens can request a transfer to a Canadian jail from a jail elsewhere.
Nope, Nyet, No way, Hit the highway, get lost.

Lord Black made a stir at an otherwise less than eventful book launch for Rescuing the Right, see articles below, by appearing and hobnobbing with Hog Town Tories, including Warren Kinsella, in hopes I suspect that he would be rescued from his pending doom in the US.

Bwahaha I say in my voice of doom not a chance buddy.

Or maybe he was hoping Kinsella would say something nice about him since he is married to Barbara Amiel.

And speaking of dearest Babawa, she is the main reason for Lord Blacks downfall as Peter Newman points out. But of course the little woman behind the Lord is not being charged with any crime. Unlike her role model
Marie Antoinette.

Just as Conrad's troubles began to mount, Barbara wrote an article in FQ magazine, in which she described how her personal priorities had escalated into never-never land, ignoring her husband's troubles. "For some people," she wrote, emphatically including herself, "jewellery is a defining attribute, rather like your intelligence or the number of residences you have." She boasted about owning "a fantastic natural-pearl and diamond brooch," which languished in her safety deposit box because it was simply too big to wear. The contents of her London closets became common gossip, including more than a dozen Herm├Ęs Birkin bags and 30 to 40 jewel-handled Renaud Pellegrino handbags. But it was her collection of Manolo Blahnik shoes that attracted the most attention. These are not boots made for walkin'. Their Spanish designer, who calls himself "a sculptor and engineer," carves each last by hand out of beechwood, "giving special thought to toe cleavage." They start at about $600 a pair, and Barbara had well over 100 in her London house alone, some with kitten heels. ("Buckingham Palace floors don't like stilettos," she explained to the uninitiated among us.) The arrangement they had was that Barbara paid for her off-the-rack purchases while the hubby sprung for her couture.

According to Richard Breeden's special investigative report, Barbara was paid US$1,141,558 between 1999 and 2003, for which there was "no meaningful work in return." That included her retainer for editorial advice to the Chicago Sun-Times where, employees claimed, she had not set foot for more than four years. On top of that, she received more than US$1 million through a company named Black-Amiel Management. Black has launched a libel suit as a result of the Breeden report, and Amiel has denied the allegations.

Meanwhile, on April 12, 2004, Amiel cashed in options to buy Hollinger stock for nearly US$3.1 million, some US$2.25 million below market value. That meant she was profiting from her husband's downfall, since that's what was driving the stock price higher.

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