Connect with us

Latest Stories

Pope says coronavirus pandemic has proven world needs a new type of politics

Published

on

pope says coronavirus pandemic has proven world needs a new type of politics

Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the ‘magic theories’ of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that promotes dialogue and solidarity.

Francis on Sunday laid out his vision for a post-COVID world by uniting the core elements of his social teachings into a new encyclical, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ (Brothers All), which was released on the feast day of his namesake, the peace-loving St. Francis of Assisi.

The document draws its inspiration from the teachings of St. Francis and the pope’s previous preaching on the injustices of the global economy and its destruction of the planet and pairs them with his call for greater human solidarity to address today’s problems.

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus prayer from his window on the day of the release of his new encyclical, titled "Fratelli Tutti" (Brothers All), at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, October 4

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus prayer from his window on the day of the release of his new encyclical, titled "Fratelli Tutti" (Brothers All), at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, October 4

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus prayer from his window on the day of the release of his new encyclical, titled “Fratelli Tutti” (Brothers All), at St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, October 4

The front page of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis with his latest encyclical which asserts there's a need for a new political system to address injustice

The front page of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis with his latest encyclical which asserts there's a need for a new political system to address injustice

The front page of the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis with his latest encyclical which asserts there’s a need for a new political system to address injustice

Francis had started writing the encyclical, the third of his pontificate, before the coronavirus struck and upended everything from the global economy to everyday life.

He said the pandemic, however, had confirmed his belief that current political and economic institutions must be reformed to address the legitimate needs of the people most harmed by the coronavirus.

‘Aside from the differing ways that various countries responded to the crisis, their inability to work together became quite evident,’ Francis wrote.

‘Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality.’

He cited the grave loss of millions of jobs as a result of the virus as evidence of the need for politicians to listen to popular movements, unions and marginalized groups and to craft more just social and economic policies.

‘The fragility of world systems in the face of the pandemic has demonstrated that not everything can be resolved by market freedom,’ he wrote.

‘It is imperative to have a proactive economic policy directed at `promoting an economy that favours productive diversity and business creativity’ and makes it possible for jobs to be created, and not cut.’ 

Vatican Secretary of State, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin during the official presentation of the Pope's encyclical, a collection of principles to guide Catholic teaching, called 'All Brothers'

Vatican Secretary of State, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin during the official presentation of the Pope's encyclical, a collection of principles to guide Catholic teaching, called 'All Brothers'

Vatican Secretary of State, Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin during the official presentation of the Pope’s encyclical, a collection of principles to guide Catholic teaching, called ‘All Brothers’

Francis repeated his criticism of the ‘perverse’ global economic system, which he said consistently keeps the poor on the margins while enriching the few. 

He rejected the concept of an absolute right to property for individuals, stressing instead the ‘social purpose’ and common good that must come from sharing the Earth’s resources.

Francis once again rejected ‘trickle-down’ economic theory as he did in the first major mission statement of his papacy, saying it simply doesn’t achieve what it claims.

‘Neo-liberalism simply reproduces itself by resorting to magic theories of `spillover’ or `trickle’ – without using the name – as the only solution to societal problems,’ he wrote.

‘There is little appreciation of the fact that the alleged `spillover’ does not resolve the inequality that gives rise to new forms of violence threatening the fabric of society.’

Much of the new encyclical repeats Francis’ well-known preaching about the need to welcome and value migrants and his rejection of the nationalistic, isolationist policies of many of today’s political leaders.

He dedicated an entire chapter to the parable of the Good Samaritan, saying its lesson of charity, kindness and looking out for strangers was ‘the basic decision we need to make in order to rebuild our wounded world.’ 

Vatican encyclicals are the most authoritative form of papal teaching and they traditionally take their titles from the first two words of the document. In this case, ‘Fratelli Tutti’ is a quote from the ‘Admonitions,’ the guidelines penned by St. Francis in the 13th century.

The title of the encyclical had sparked controversy in the English-speaking world, with critics noting that a straight translation of the word ‘fratelli’ (brothers) excludes women. The Vatican has insisted that the plural form of the word ‘fratelli’ is gender-inclusive. 

Francis is the first pope to name himself after the mendicant friar, who renounced a wealthy, dissolute lifestyle to embrace a life of poverty and service to the poor.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Latest Stories

Borat ‘defends’ Rudy Giuliani for ‘sexytime’ scene as film released

Published

on

By

borat defends rudy giuliani for sexytime scene as film released

Sacha Baron Cohen stepped back into his Borat character on social media on Thursday to comically defend Rudy Giuliani’s scandalous scene in the Borat sequel where he was filmed reclined on a bed with his hand seemingly down his pants with an actress from the movie. 

The comedian released the highly anticipated sequel ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ Thursday evening around 8pm, just one hour before the second presidential debate and one day before its scheduled release date. 

‘I here to defend America’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani,’ Borat said in a video shared on Twitter. 

‘What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media,’ he said, before using his hands to elongate his nose like the character Pinocchio when he lies.

‘I warn you. Anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpoenas,’ he added, pronouncing subpoenas like ‘subpenis’. 

Borat 2 is released: Sacha Baron Cohen shared a video on Twitter stepping back into his Borat Sagdiyev character to defend Rudy Giuliani, one day after it was revealed the former New York Mayor was pranked into be filmed in the movie

Borat 2 is released: Sacha Baron Cohen shared a video on Twitter stepping back into his Borat Sagdiyev character to defend Rudy Giuliani, one day after it was revealed the former New York Mayor was pranked into be filmed in the movie

Borat 2 is released: Sacha Baron Cohen shared a video on Twitter stepping back into his Borat Sagdiyev character to defend Rudy Giuliani, one day after it was revealed the former New York Mayor was pranked into be filmed in the movie

In the scandalous movie scene Giuliani is interviewed by Borat's daughter who poses as a conservative reporter in a hotel room, where he reclines on a bed and appears to put his hand down his pants. Rudy Giuliani pictured leaning back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off

In the scandalous movie scene Giuliani is interviewed by Borat's daughter who poses as a conservative reporter in a hotel room, where he reclines on a bed and appears to put his hand down his pants. Rudy Giuliani pictured leaning back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off

In the scandalous movie scene Giuliani is interviewed by Borat’s daughter who poses as a conservative reporter in a hotel room, where he reclines on a bed and appears to put his hand down his pants. Rudy Giuliani pictured leaning back after actress Maria Bakalova takes his mic off 

At the end of the clip was a notice that said: ‘Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm Now Streaming’. The movie is available on Amazon Prime.

The news broke Wednesday that Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York and Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, was duped into being filmed in Borat 2.

In the scene Giuliani is interviewed by Borat’s ‘daughter’ Tutar, posing as a conservative reporter, who then brings him to a hotel room. 

In the room Giuliani reclines on a bed and seemingly puts his hand down his pants, only to be interrupted by Cohen’s Borat character. 

‘She’s 15. She’s too old for you,’ Cohen screams and waves Giuliani off his ‘daughter,’ played by 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova.   

'I here to defend America¿s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media. I warn you. Anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpenis,¿ Borat said in the video message shared on social media Thursday

'I here to defend America¿s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media. I warn you. Anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpenis,¿ Borat said in the video message shared on social media Thursday

A notice at the end of the video showed that the Borat 2 film is 'now streaming'

A notice at the end of the video showed that the Borat 2 film is 'now streaming'

‘I here to defend America’s Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter has been turned into something disgusting by fake news media. I warn you. Anyone else tries this and Rudolph will not hesitate to reach into his legal briefs and whip out his subpenis,’ Borat said in the video message shared on social media Thursday. A notice at the end of the video showed that the Borat 2 film is ‘now streaming’

Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat

Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat

Rudy Giuliani at the White House

Rudy Giuliani at the White House

After news of the Giuliani scene broke, the former Mayor defended himself saying he was fully clothed when he was laying on the bed and was simply tucking in his shirt. He slammed the scene as a ‘hit job’, saying ‘everybody in Hollywood hates me’

34682794 8870629 image a 19 1603415659834

34682794 8870629 image a 19 1603415659834

Giuliani defended himself on Twitter on Wednesday, pointing out, ‘I was fully clothed at all times.’  He explained he was merely tucking in his shirt, not doing anything untoward. 

‘I lean back and I tuck my shirt in and at that point they have this picture that they take, which looks doctored by in any event,’ Giuliani said on WABC radio Wednesday. ‘I’m tucking my shirt in, I assure you that’s all I was doing,’ he said slowly, letting each word sink in. 

Giuliani floated that he was being targeted because of his role in revealing the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop. 

‘They’ll do anything, they’ll attack me over anything possible,’ Giuliani said. ‘And now the idiot Borat is going after me with a totally sensationalized false account of a ridiculous movie, I guess, he has done.’ 

Giuliani called it a ‘hit job’ and said that ‘everybody in Hollywood hates me.’ 

‘It’s not an accident that it happens when I turn in all this evidence on their prince and darling Joe Biden, who is one of the biggest crooks in the last 30 years and since I have the courage to say that I’m the target,’ the president’s personal lawyer said. 

The scene: The forthcoming 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' features a prank on President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is interviewed by Borat's 'daughter' in a New York City hotel suite

The scene: The forthcoming 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' features a prank on President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is interviewed by Borat's 'daughter' in a New York City hotel suite

The scene: The forthcoming ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ features a prank on President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is interviewed by Borat’s ‘daughter’ in a New York City hotel suite 

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,' that was released Thursday evening, a day ahead of schedule

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,' that was released Thursday evening, a day ahead of schedule

Maria Bakalova is seen taking off the microphone of Rudy Giuliani in the new ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ that was released Thursday evening, a day ahead of schedule 

Rudy Giuliani said that Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat burst in on them next and created such a commotion that he called the cops

Rudy Giuliani said that Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat burst in on them next and created such a commotion that he called the cops

Rudy Giuliani said that Sacha Baron Cohen’s Borat burst in on them next and created such a commotion that he called the cops 

Maria Bakalova, the glamorous Black Lives Matter-supporting actress, who was able to honey trap Giuliani

Maria Bakalova, the glamorous Black Lives Matter-supporting actress, who was able to honey trap Giuliani

Maria Bakalova, the glamorous Black Lives Matter-supporting actress, who was able to honey trap Giuliani

Giuliani said he went to what he thought was an interview – the topic was the coronavirus – and said it felt ‘legitimate.’   

‘I did the interview with the young woman who was new to interviewing and I was being kind to her,’ he said. ‘At one point she explained to me some problems I had, I actually prayed with her.’  

When he got up to leave he said he had his jacket on. 

‘I was fully clothed at all times and I had to take off the electronic equipment and when the electronic equipment came off, some of it was in the back and my shirt got a little out, came a little out, although my clothes were entirely on,’ he told WABC.  

He said he realized that something was amiss when Borat’s ‘daughter’ asked if he’d like a massage. 

The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with 'Rudy!!' Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump

The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with 'Rudy!!' Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump

The conservative Drudge Report chose to share the image, captioning it with ‘Rudy!!’ Drudge has become increasingly critical of President Donald Trump 

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with 'Borat's daughter' went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with 'Borat's daughter' went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image

The picture of Rudy Giuliani in a hotel room with ‘Borat’s daughter’ went viral when they hit Twitter. Here website Showbiz411.com features the image 

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen

Newsweek used the image too in its coverage of Rudy Giuliani being duped by Sacha Baron Cohen 

The imagery from the Borat film quickly became a meme. 'Thanks Rudy!!!' says a happy Jeffrey Toobin, who got caught masturbating on a Zoom call

The imagery from the Borat film quickly became a meme. 'Thanks Rudy!!!' says a happy Jeffrey Toobin, who got caught masturbating on a Zoom call

The imagery from the Borat film quickly became a meme. ‘Thanks Rudy!!!’ says a happy Jeffrey Toobin, who got caught masturbating on a Zoom call

‘She says something about, “Do I want a massage?” I realize now that this is a set-up and I call my security guy Brian who’s right outside,’ Giuliani recalled. ‘And then all of the sudden crazy Sacha Baron Cohen runs in with a cape on and he’s yelling and screaming all sorts of stupid stuff.’   

The ex-New York City mayor also argued that in calling the police he proved he was an innocent party.   

‘If I was doing anything wrong, I would not call the police and if he was doing anything right, he wouldn’t have been running away,’ Giuliani said. 

The film is a sequel to the 2006 film ‘Borat.’ 

The pictures of Giuliani, first reported by The Guardian, in a hotel room with ‘Borat’s daughter’ went viral when they hit Twitter, apparently originating screengrabs from review copies of the movie.

Websites Showbiz411.com and Newsweek both featured the image as they reviewed the new movie, with Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 calling the Borat sequel ‘goofy fun, gut laughs, and a lot of silliness.’

34682794 8864821 image a 10 1603317916848

34682794 8864821 image a 10 1603317916848

34682786 8864821 image a 11 1603317922437

34682786 8864821 image a 11 1603317922437

34682792 8864821 image a 12 1603317926165

34682792 8864821 image a 12 1603317926165

What Rudy says: The president's attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden's laptop this month

What Rudy says: The president's attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden's laptop this month

What Rudy says: The president’s attorney tweeted his version of events claiming that he was set up by Baron Cohen months ago because of his release of emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop this month

Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was 'un-fooled and placid' when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing 'Borat's daughter'

Rudy Giuliani's spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was 'un-fooled and placid' when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing 'Borat's daughter'

Rudy Giuliani’s spokeswoman Christianne Allen said that the ex-mayor was ‘un-fooled and placid’ when Sasha Baron Cohen barged in on him and the actress who was playing ‘Borat’s daughter’ 

Among the most prominent sites to feature it was The Drudge Report, the conservative news and aggregation website that has increasingly become more critical of Trump.  

‘Mocking hims as ‘Rudy!!,’ the decision by Matt Drudge to use the picture was likely to endear him to the president, who has tweeted repeatedly to his supporters that they should avoid Drudge, calling it ‘a CONFUSED mess.’    

Other critics tweeting the image included Zac Petankas, a Democratic strategist who was a senior adviser to both Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid, the party’s former Senate majority leader, and Seth Abramson, the author of a highly-critical book about Trump called ‘Proof of Corruption’ which features Giuliani on the cover photo.

And the image was also being made into memes, one of them poking fun at Zoom masturbator Jeffrey Toobin. It showed the CNN analyst thinking ‘thank you Rudy.’ 

Giuliani described the situation in July, but neglected to mention he may have been caught in a compromising position.  

‘This guys comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say a pink transgender outfit,’ President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer told Page Six at The New York Post. ‘It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had a beard, bare legs, and wasn’t waht I would call distractingly attractive.’ 

Giuliani didn’t recognize the man as Cohen right away. 

He also called the cops. 

34683730 8864821 image a 19 1603319361138

34683730 8864821 image a 19 1603319361138

34679164 8864821 image a 15 1603319339186

34679164 8864821 image a 15 1603319339186

34679160 8864821 image a 63 1603357205417

34679160 8864821 image a 63 1603357205417

Viral sensation: Trump's critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in

Viral sensation: Trump's critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton's closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in

Viral sensation: Trump’s critics jumped on the images and tweeted with them. Among those who tweeted were Philippe Reines, previously one of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, and Zac Petkanas, a former Clinton senior adviser. Seth Abramson, an anti-Trump author and attorney and Keith Olberman, the former MSNBC and ESPN star turned YouTube commentator also weighed in 

‘This person comes in yelling and screaming, and I thought this must be a scam or a shake-down, so I reported it to the police. He then ran away,’ the ex- New York City mayor said. 

The July 7 incident occurred at the Mark Hotel in New York City.     

‘I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled and I felt good about myself because he didn’t get me,’ Giuliani said in July. 

On a radio show the same month, Giuliani told WABC that Cohen was trying to capture him in ‘compromising’ position, though he didn’t recall that the tactic had worked. ‘I don’t think so, I’m trying to remember,’ when asked if there was anything he should be ‘regretful’ about.   

Giuliani’s spokeswoman Christianne Allen noted at the time that Cohen interrupted ‘an interview for a documentary on @realdonaldtrump’s leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.’   

BORAT CRASHED THE CONSERVATIVE POLITICAL ACTION CONFERENCE

The first hint that there would be cameos of President Donald Trump’s allies in ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’ came when the trailer revealed in was Sasha Baron Cohen who had dressed up like Trump and crashed the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year. 

He told The New York Times’ Maureen Dowd what the stunt entailed: ‘Obviously, I’m wearing a fat suit,’ Cohen explained. He had to get through metal detectors to get into CPAC to see Vice President Mike Pence speak. 

Security was there to ‘check everyone’s bodies going through. Bear in mind, I spent five hours in makeup that morning with the prosthetic team changing my face into Trump’s face. This fat suit is huge. It’s a 56-inch fat suit to turn my waist into Trump’s because we had estimated that was the most realistic,’ he said. 

When he set the alarms off, he lied and said he had a defibrillator, Cohen told Dowd. 

‘Then I ended up hiding in the bathroom, listening to conservative men go to the toilet for five hours until I broke into the room. We were surrounded by Secret Service and police and internal security,’ Cohen said. 

As Pence spoke, Cohen is seen carrying his ‘daughter’ over his shoulder and yelling, ‘Michael Pennis I’ve brought the girl for you!’  

He was then escorted out.  

33871182 8864821 image a 7 1603317874358

33871182 8864821 image a 7 1603317874358

 

<!—->Advertisement

‘Un-fooled and placid, Mayor Giuliani notified security to call the police,’ Allen tweeted. ‘It was then, upon hearing the word police, Cohen turned from a screaming banshee into a fleeing hyena.’ 

‘I hear he was last seen running down the street in his bathroom,’ she added. ‘Better luck next time, Sacha!’ 

Allen has yet to respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment on Giuliani’s cameo in the new Borat film.  

The film arrives just as Giuliani finds himself in the middle of the Hunter Biden laptop saga. 

Giuliani said he got contents from the ‘laptop from hell,’ as Trump has been calling it, from a computer repair shop owner who gave it to his lawyer. 

He then shared some of its contents to reporters at The New York Post, which has been criticized for running the story before the correspondence between Hunter Biden and others was authenticated. 

It contains personal photos of Hunter Biden, as well as emails that purport to show that Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings stretched to include his father.  

The Post reported that emails from 2015 showed Joe Biden held a meeting with a top official from Burisma, the Ukrainian energy company where Hunter Biden served on the board. 

The Biden campaign has denied this meeting happened. 

Biden, himself, said Giuliani is peddling ‘garbage.’ 

‘It’s a last ditch effort to smear me and my family. There is no basis to this,’ the Democratic nominee said in an interview with WISN, a Wisconsin ABC affiliate. 

The president’s impeachment revolved around a scheme to pressure Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation into Hunter and Joe Biden. He held up military aid that had been appropriated by Congress. 

Trump and his allies have alleged that the then-vice president pushed to have a Ukrainian prosecutor fired because he was looking into Burisma, of which there is no evidence.  

Trump has used the discovery of the laptop to call the former vice president a ‘criminal,’ which he’s said gleefully during everyone one of his recent rallies. 

He’ll likely attack Biden that way Thursday night during their final meeting on the debate stage. 

The president demanded that Attorney General Bill Barr appoint a special counsel to look into the matter.   

‘We’ve got to get the attorney general to act. He’s got to act. And he’s got to act fast. He’s got to appoint somebody,’ Trump said on ‘Fox & Friends’ Tuesday.

‘This is major corruption and this has to be known about before the election,’ Trump said.  

On Monday, Giuliani raised the stakes by sharing files from the laptop with the New Castle County police, according to Delaware Online

The Delaware Attorney General handed the files over to the FBI, the site reported. 

The FBI hasn’t confirmed or denied there’s an investigation, which is standard policy. 

Mat Marshall, a spokesman for Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings told Delaware Online that what Giuliani’s team ‘showed up with was evidence that they say was involved in a crime.’ 

The former New York City mayor went on Newsmax Tuesday night trying to push the crimes were sexual in nature. 

Giuliani reiterated that point again directly after he addressed the Borat footage Wednesday on WABC radio.  

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ will be released on Amazon Prime Friday.

Borat’s Bulgarian honey-trap girl: Sacha Baron Cohen character’s ’15-year-old daughter’ in Rudy Giuliani sting is revealed to be glamorous BLM-supporting 24-year-old actress plucked from obscurity

The actress who gave Rudy Giuliani a fright when she turned out to be ‘Borat’s 15-year-old daughter,’ is a glamorous 24-year-old Black Lives Matter supporter from Bulgaria.

Maria Bakalova, who graduated from film school last year, has skyrocketed to international fame after it was revealed last night she honey-trapped Donald Trump‘s lieutenant and former mayor of New York Giuliani in the new Borat movie. 

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter which feature among the raft of luxurious poolside selfies she has taken in LA.

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova, who graduated from film school last year, has skyrocketed to international fame after it was revealed last night she honeytrapped Donald Trump’s senior lieutenant and former mayor of New York Giuliani in the new Borat movie

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Maria Bakalova enjoying the sun by the poolside in a picture from her Instagram

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many of the titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter 

Bakalova posted in June for 'Black Out Tuesday,' which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

Bakalova posted in June for 'Black Out Tuesday,' which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

Bakalova posted in June for ‘Black Out Tuesday,’ which saw many people posting a black square on their social media feeds to highlight the Black Lives Matter movement

Bakalova, in the foothills of her Hollywood career, has followed in the footsteps of many A-list titans with Instagram posts in support of Black Lives Matter which feature among the raft of luxurious poolside selfies she has taken in LA.

She made a hilarious appearance on Jimmy Kimmel’s chat show alongside Cohen on Tuesday night.

Both actors in character, Bakalova demanded that Kimmel take his trousers off and marry her.

‘I am already married!’ Kimmel insisted, to which Borat asked: ‘How many wives do you have?’ 

Bakalova has appeared in feature-length Bulgarian films, earning two awards for her performance in Transgression in 2018, where she plays the lover to an ageing rocker, and also as the leading lady in 2020’s comedy Last Call. 

Like father, like daughter: Tutar strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Like father, like daughter: Tutar strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Like father, like daughter: Tutar strolled in carrying a framed photo of Jimmy interviewing Jennifer Aniston before demanding the host remove his trousers

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes on the table

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes on the table

Bakalova with a drink and a packet of Sobranie cigarettes on the table

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova smoking a cigarette and having a drink

Bakalova at the beach

Bakalova at the beach

Bakalova at the beach

She has also appeared in several TV shows, with an appearance in an episode of the Italian hit mafia series Gamorrah three years ago.

Born in Burgas in 1996, Bakalova studied at the National School of Arts and is a classically trained flautist as well as an actress. 

She attended the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia and graduated in 2019.

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Latest Stories

US Election 2020: Joe Biden calls Rudy Giuliani a ‘Russian pawn’

Published

on

By

us election 2020 joe biden calls rudy giuliani a russian pawn

President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden started off their final presidential debate on Thursday without interrupting each other but disagreeing on the coronavirus pandemic in a head-to-head match with a dramatically different tone from their first one.

The microphones of each candidate was muted for the first two minutes of their response and that moment of discipline, put in place by the Commission on Presidential Debates after Trump repeatedly interrupted Biden in their first meeting, carried through the first segment of the debate.

But the two men disagreed with one another on the coronavirus – the topic of the first segment – with Biden repeatedly criticizing Trump’s handling of the pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 Americans.

‘Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,’ Biden said.

President Trump cited his own experience with the virus and said the country was turning a corner. ‘It will go away and as I say, we are rounding the turn, we are rounding the corner, it’s going away,’ he said.

The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker.

The change in tone was remarkable from their first meeting in Cleveland, which resembled a boxing match.

Biden argued the situation with COVID was going to get worse.

‘We are about to go into a dark winter. A dark winter. And he has no clear plan and there is no prospect that there’s going to be a vaccine available for a majority the American people before the middle of next year,’ he said.

The president, who has pushed for the country to reopen and return to normal, said the country has learned more about the disease and is ready to move forward.

‘We will not have a dark winter at all,’ the president said. ‘We are opening up the country, we’ve learned and our understanding the disease, which we didn’t at the beginning.’    

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicked off in Nashville Thursday at Belmont University's Curb Event Center arena with 200 people in the audience

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicked off in Nashville Thursday at Belmont University's Curb Event Center arena with 200 people in the audience

The second presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden kicked off in Nashville Thursday at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center arena with 200 people in the audience 

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

The night started with the topic of COVID-19 and both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage

34734134 8870603 image m 62 1603416586484

34734134 8870603 image m 62 1603416586484

President Trump brought Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinksy (pictured) to the debate as a way to confront Biden on his son Hunter’s foreign business dealings 

The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker

The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker

The two men were careful to make their points in a presidential way, letting each other talk and requesting time to respond from moderator Kristen Welker  

The debate took on its first urgency as the two men clashed on their visions for reopening the country.

‘He did virtually nothing,’ Biden said of Trump’s response to the pandemic.

Biden took on Trump’s repeated statements not to ‘worry.’

‘There’s not another scientist in the world who thinks it’s going to be over soon,’ Biden said.

‘We can’t lock ourselves up in a basement like Joe does,’ Trump responded, turning to a personal attack. 

‘But he has this thing about living in a basement,’ Trump claimed, pointing to Biden’s decision to drastically cut back appearances and travel, although both men have campaigned around the country in recent weeks.

‘It’s his ineptitude that caused the country to have to shut down in large part,’ Biden said.

Biden shot back with a reference to Trump’s golfing, and brought up a relief bill the House passed in March that hasn’t been enacted.

‘Instead of in a sand trap in his golf course he should have been negotiating,’ Biden said.

‘All he does is talk about shutdowns,’ Trump said, as the most substantive contrast got going.

‘Democrats, they shut down so tight and they’re dying. And he supports all these people,’ Trump said.

‘All he talks about are shutdowns. We’re not going to shut down and we have to open our schools,’ Trump said.

Trump pointed to his former hometown of New York. ‘It’s a ghost town,’ he said, with the two men separated by plexiglass, a precaution that began following his coronavirus infection.

‘You talk about plexiglass? These are restaurant that are dying,’ Trump said. ‘It’s not the answer. You’re going to sit there in a cubicle wrapped around in plastic.’

This debate is different from the last, as the candidates' microphones are muted and therefore can't interrupt each other

This debate is different from the last, as the candidates' microphones are muted and therefore can't interrupt each other

This debate is different from the last, as the candidates’ microphones are muted and therefore can’t interrupt each other

'Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,' Biden said of Trump's handling of the pandemic

'Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,' Biden said of Trump's handling of the pandemic

‘Anyone who is responsible for that many deaths should not remain president of the United States of America,’ Biden said of Trump’s handling of the pandemic 

Biden took on Trump's repeated statements not to 'worry' about the pandemic. 'There's not another scientist in the world who thinks it's going to be over soon,' Biden said

Biden took on Trump's repeated statements not to 'worry' about the pandemic. 'There's not another scientist in the world who thinks it's going to be over soon,' Biden said

Biden took on Trump’s repeated statements not to ‘worry’ about the pandemic. ‘There’s not another scientist in the world who thinks it’s going to be over soon,’ Biden said

Both Trump and Biden took coronavirus tests Thursday and tested negative before meeting onstage. 

On Air Force One he tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. ‘We tested him on the way here and he tested negative,’ Meadows told reporters. 

Earlier, the Biden campaign said he, too, tested negative for COVID-19.  

Tonight’s debate is the final debate of the election – the previous one got scratched after Trump refused to take part in a ‘virtual’ format after getting the coronavirus – and represents an opportunity with dwindling time for the president to try to reset the race.

President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden's former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to be his debate guest

President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden's former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to be his debate guest

President Donald Trump has invited Hunter Biden’s former business partner Tony Bobulinski (pictured) to be his debate guest 

Trump hoped he could throw his rival off balance and demonstrate that his mind is ‘shot’ by repeatedly attacking and interrupting him during the first debate in Cleveland. But Biden ended up getting a slight bump in national polls taken afterward.

Now, the president has telegraphed he will accuse his rival of ‘corruption’ just like he has at his campaign rallies leading up to Thursday – and will not hold back from torching Hunter Biden after the release of emails that Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani put out and said came from Hunter’s laptop. 

President Trump brought Hunter Biden’s ex-business partner Tony Bobulinksy to the debate as a way to confront Biden on his son’s foreign business dealings.  

Bobulinsky spoke to reporters at the Marriott in downtown Nashville three hours before start time of the final presidential debate – and said he will turn over three cell phones to the FBI and meet with Republican senators about his former business deals.

He said he was angry with Hunter after he wanted to use funds for a prospective deal with a Chinese energy company was his ‘Hunter’s personal piggy bank.’

‘I will be providing to the FBI the devices which contain the evidence corroborating what I have said so I will not be taking any questions at this time,’ he told reporters who make up President Donald Trump’s traveling press pool.

‘I have heard Joe Biden say he’s never discussed the business with hunter – that is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family including Joe Biden, said Bobulinsky. 

‘I was told this past Sunday by somebody who was also involved in this matter that if I went public with this information, it would bury all of us, the Bidens included. I have no wish to bury anyone.’

He described what he said was a May 2, 2017 meeting with Joe Biden to discuss a business venture involving China that would invest in infrastructure, real estate and technology in the U.S.

‘At my approximately hour-long meeting with Joe that night we discussed the Biden’s history, the Biden’s family business plans with the Chinese with which he was plainly familiar at least at a high level,’ he said.  

‘After that meeting, I had numerous communications with Hunter, [partner Robert] Walker, [James] Gilliar, and Jim Biden regarding the allocation of equity ownership of the sinohawk, the firm they created. 

Daughter and Senior Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump (L) and daughter of the US President Tiffany Trump (C) wear facemasks as they arrive to attend the final presidential debate

Daughter and Senior Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump (L) and daughter of the US President Tiffany Trump (C) wear facemasks as they arrive to attend the final presidential debate

Daughter and Senior Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump (L) and daughter of the US President Tiffany Trump (C) wear facemasks as they arrive to attend the final presidential debate

First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the final presidential between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the final presidential between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

First Lady Melania Trump arrives at the final presidential between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden

Wife of former US Vice President Joe Biden Jill Biden wears a facemask as she attends the final presidential debate

Wife of former US Vice President Joe Biden Jill Biden wears a facemask as she attends the final presidential debate

Wife of former US Vice President Joe Biden Jill Biden wears a facemask as she attends the final presidential debate

Golfer John Daly looks on before the second 2020 presidential debate

Golfer John Daly looks on before the second 2020 presidential debate

Golfer John Daly looks on before the second 2020 presidential debate 

The carpet is vacuumed as final preparations are made ahead of the second and final presidential debate

The carpet is vacuumed as final preparations are made ahead of the second and final presidential debate

The carpet is vacuumed as final preparations are made ahead of the second and final presidential debate 

The televised statement came after Bobulinsky told conservative media outlets that text messages that appeared to show Hunter Biden’s business negotiation and references to his father were authentic.

‘To me it seems like distraction and spectacle,’ Biden backer Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware told Fox News, which aired Bobulinsky’s statement in full.

‘We’ve got Rudy Giuliani with one hand coming up with a hard drive and a computer, and this man on the other hand coming up with last minute cell phones,’ he said, saying it makes him ‘seriously wonder.’ 

He said the emails and texts ‘aren’t being sourced, aren’t being verified,’ and noted that Biden unlike Trump, has released his tax returns.

The Biden campaign released a statement calling the attacks a ‘smear’ and saying there is ‘no indication’ Joe Biden ever got ‘any money from anybody in these business deals.’

‘Joe Biden has never even considered being involved in business deals with his family, nor in any overseas business dealing whatsoever,’ according to the statement.   

Musician Kid Rock, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, puts on a face mask at the final presidential debate

Musician Kid Rock, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, puts on a face mask at the final presidential debate

Musician Kid Rock, who is an outspoken Trump supporter, puts on a face mask at the final presidential debate

Former South Carolina Governor and former Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley arrives at the final presidential debate

Former South Carolina Governor and former Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley arrives at the final presidential debate

Former South Carolina Governor and former Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley arrives at the final presidential debate

Guests are sitting in the audience where masks are required. If you take your mask off and decline to put it back on you will be escorted out

Guests are sitting in the audience where masks are required. If you take your mask off and decline to put it back on you will be escorted out

Guests are sitting in the audience where masks are required. If you take your mask off and decline to put it back on you will be escorted out

Trump pulled a similar stunt in 2016 when he paraded three women who accused President Bill Clinton of varying degrees of sexual harassment and assault – Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey and Juanita Broaddrick – around before and after the debate and had them sit in the audience to face his rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

Trump had also invited Kathy Shelton. Hillary Clinton had been her accused rapist’s defense lawyer.  

Trump says he’ll bring up Hunter Biden, after days of disclosures from Hunter’s laptop.

Biden sent a signal of his own – blowing up at a reporter who asked him about the subject several days ago. 

34716544 8870603 image a 9 1603412709197

34716544 8870603 image a 9 1603412709197

 

On Wednesday, he teed off when a local Wisconsin reporter asked him about it in a TV interview. ‘This is the same garbage Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s henchman, it’s a last-ditch effort in this desperate campaign to smear me and my family,’ Biden said.

Trump can also use the Hunter saga to point to China – a country he repeatedly accuses of bringing the ‘plague’ into the U.S. He named China as the nation’s top adversary on ’60 minutes.’

Most political observers agree the pressure is on Trump to get something out of the debate. Biden’s leads have been durable, and millions of his supporters have already voted. He also has an advertising advantage on air, with more money in the bank, after the Trump campaign blew through the more than $1 billion it raised since 2017.

Trump left the White House with first lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate

Trump left the White House with first lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate

Trump left the White House with first lady Melania Trump shortly after midday for the flight to Nashville, TN, for the debate. It was the first time she has been seen since being diagnosed with coroanvirus after the first debate 

Off to debate: Joe Biden flew from New Castle in Delaware to the debate just after Donald Trump, with a thumbs up as he boarded his chartered jet

Off to debate: Joe Biden flew from New Castle in Delaware to the debate just after Donald Trump, with a thumbs up as he boarded his chartered jet

Off to debate: Joe Biden flew from New Castle in Delaware to the debate just after Donald Trump, with a thumbs up as he boarded his chartered jet

Jill Biden (left) and Joe Biden (right) arrive in Nashville, Tennessee before Thursday night's presidential debate

Jill Biden (left) and Joe Biden (right) arrive in Nashville, Tennessee before Thursday night's presidential debate

Jill Biden (left) and Joe Biden (right) arrive in Nashville, Tennessee before Thursday night’s presidential debate

Jill Biden arrives in Nashville, Tennessee wearing a 'VOTE' facemask, similar to one sported by President Barack Obama in Philadelphia on Wednesday

Jill Biden arrives in Nashville, Tennessee wearing a 'VOTE' facemask, similar to one sported by President Barack Obama in Philadelphia on Wednesday

Jill Biden arrives in Nashville, Tennessee wearing a ‘VOTE’ facemask, similar to one sported by President Barack Obama in Philadelphia on Wednesday 

Trump was holding a fundraiser in Nashville just five hours before the debate was set to start.

Biden’s national lead is up to 8 percentage points in the Real Clear Politics Average. Analyst Charlie Cook suggests observers look to Senate races for the real ‘drama.’ A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday had the two men tied in Texas, 47-47. 

Trump has softened up the ground by going after moderator Kristen Welker. But he is still likely to face follow up questions from the first debate and town hall about the coronavirus (with more than 1,200 U.S. deaths reported Wednesday alone), and his tax returns, which got leaked to the New York Times.

A Times follow-on report this week revealed Trump’s company had an undisclosed bank account in China.

Biden has struggled when pressed on whether he supports court packing, but may have found his answer in his 60 Minutes interview, saying he would appoint a bipartisan commission to study court reforms.  

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Latest Stories

Coronavirus UK: £4bn of furlough cash was fraudulently claimed

Published

on

By

coronavirus uk 4bn of furlough cash was fraudulently claimed

British companies may have fraudulently claimed up to £4 billion intended for furloughed workers – with £2 billion being taken by organised criminals – a damning report has found.

The National Audit Office (NAO) estimated that fraud and error on the furlough scheme could have ranged from five to 10 per cent on claims totalling £39.3 billion. Fraud on the first round of the self-employed scheme could have ranged from 1-2 per cent. 

Of these, it is ‘almost certain’ that more than half – around £2billion – has been paid to organised criminals posing as legitimate businesses to make claims under the emergency scheme, tax officials have told the NAO. 

A fifth of the money wrongly paid out is blamed on error, either by employers or HMRC.

British companies may have fraudulently claimed up to £4 billion intended for furloughed workers - with £2 billion being taken by organised criminals - a damning report has found

British companies may have fraudulently claimed up to £4 billion intended for furloughed workers - with £2 billion being taken by organised criminals - a damning report has found

British companies may have fraudulently claimed up to £4 billion intended for furloughed workers – with £2 billion being taken by organised criminals – a damning report has found

The spending watchdog had praised the government for rolling out support schemes for employees and the self-employed ahead of schedule when COVID-19 forced much of the economy to close down in March.

But the NAO said that under huge pressure to set up the scheme it did not have time to fully test the schemes and as a result the total scale of fraud and error was likely to be considerable.

It is worth mentioning that HM Revenue and Customs’ IT team usually needs 18 months to deliver major projects, but the furlough scheme was up and running in four weeks. 

It will not know the numbers until the end of next year at the earliest.

Around 9.6 million people were put on furlough through the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme, while another 2.6 million were helped through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme. 

The National Audit Office had praised Rishi Sunak's Treasury for rolling out support schemes for employees and the self-employed ahead of schedule when COVID-19 forced much of the economy to close down in March

The National Audit Office had praised Rishi Sunak's Treasury for rolling out support schemes for employees and the self-employed ahead of schedule when COVID-19 forced much of the economy to close down in March

The National Audit Office had praised Rishi Sunak’s Treasury for rolling out support schemes for employees and the self-employed ahead of schedule when COVID-19 forced much of the economy to close down in March

But the NAO said that under huge pressure to set up the scheme it did not have time to fully test the schemes and as a result the total scale of fraud and error was likely to be considerable

But the NAO said that under huge pressure to set up the scheme it did not have time to fully test the schemes and as a result the total scale of fraud and error was likely to be considerable

But the NAO said that under huge pressure to set up the scheme it did not have time to fully test the schemes and as a result the total scale of fraud and error was likely to be considerable

Companies could have bent the rules by keeping staff working in lockdown or claiming payments and not passing them on to employees in full.

It said a fraud hotline had received 10,000 reports and an NAO survey found 9 per cent of respondents admitted working at the request of their employer.

But since the line was set up in August, officials have only blocked £10 million worth of claims. 

For a future Job Support Scheme, the government will publish the names of those employers making claims and notify employees through their tax accounts.

‘It appears that the scale of fraud and error could be considerable, particularly for the furlough scheme,’ said Gareth Davies, the head of the NAO.

‘HMRC could have done more to make clear to employees whether their employer was part of the furlough scheme.’

It also noted that 2.9 million people were not eligible for the schemes. 

34712340 0 image a 22 1603415709777

34712340 0 image a 22 1603415709777

 

Now HMRC faces the challenge of how to chase possible fraudulent claims, or payments made in error.

The department believes it would take 500 staff members to track down £275 million from 10,000 of the most high-risk furlough grants.

This is a high rate of return, but the department would have to take those workers away from its tax compliance team – which has an even higher return rate.

It takes 18 months to recruit and train new staff to perform the jobs, HMRC says, so that option is off the table. But this month the department decided to take on private contractors to do some of the work.

Initially, HMRC considered publishing the names of all employers that had claimed furlough, but it later decided against this, saying it could have deterred too many legitimate claimants.

34650696 0 image a 23 1603415730747

34650696 0 image a 23 1603415730747

Another £36.1billion was borrowed in September – the third-highest month on record and compared to just £7billion a year ago – as tax revenues slumped and the Treasury poured out bailout money

Getting in touch with staff individually to say that their employer was claiming furlough cash to cover their salary, which might have alerted employees that their workplace was making fraudulent claims, was ruled out as too time-consuming.

It means that staff did not know if their employer was claiming money to cover their salary, unless the employer told them directly.

But HMRC has no qualms against such measures in the Jobs Support Scheme, which is due to come into force next month when furlough ends.

It will publish the names of employers who claim under the JSS, and will notify employees that their workplace has claimed support money to cover their salary.

A Government spokesperson said: ‘The Government’s priority from the start of the outbreak has been on protecting jobs and getting support to those who need it as quickly as possible, and our employment support schemes have provided a lifeline to millions of hardworking families across the UK. We make no apology for the speed at which they were delivered.

‘Our schemes were designed to minimise fraud from the outset and we have rejected or blocked thousands of fraudulent claims. We will not tolerate those who seek to defraud taxpayers and will take action against perpetrators, including criminal prosecution.’

This post first appeared on dailymail.co.uk

Continue Reading

Trending

Copyright © 2020 DiazHub.