Priti Patel’s Eyebrows
Did you know British Home Secretary Priti Patel has got her eyebrows done? Hardly seems newsworthy does it? Why is this headline news? Why am I even writing about it? Well, Patel’s eyebrows apparently cost more than yours, and she didn’t even pay for them, you did. Patel’s Home Office Procurement Card has…raised some eyebrows when it states as a Home Office expense £77,269.40 on eyebrows! That is £77k of taxpayer money on Patel’s brows…I fear the Home Secretary has been swindled, because her eyebrows do not look like they cost £77k. The list also stated that £30k was spent on a beauty supply company, £7,697.05 on restaurants and £2k on a dietary consultant(don’t forget, although she herself abstained, the Tory Government voted against feeding poor children during a pandemic), and £5k on Primark.
This is crazy, right? The Internet was set ablaze with memes and jokes about Patel’s extraordinarily expensive eyebrows, and in response, the Home Office’s Twitter Page had this to say:
Right, so the whole Home Office had a nice day out spending taxpayer money — I suppose the Home Secretary wanted to treat them all for ‘getting Brexit done’ and overhauling the way people applying for asylum in the UK are treated. The new overhaul (that Patel calls “fair but firm”) would see those who arrive in the UK by what the government call ‘illegal’ means to claim asylum, no longer having the same entitlements as those who arrive through proper channels. For the first time, people could have their claim for asylum assessed on how they arrived here, or could be detained offshore — away from mainland Britain — until their claim is approved. Human rights groups have claimed that these laws violate the UK’s Human Rights Act 1998, which states that the UK is obliged to prevent people from being returned to places of torture. But sure, go and use taxpayer money to get your eyebrows done — you deserve it.
I joke about the eyebrows, but this tweet (nor any of the other tweets in this thread from the Home Office) actually account for the expenditure on all other expenses except for Primark and PPE. The £5k spent on Primark was, according to the Home Office, “for asylum seekers who would have not had appropriate clothing when arriving in the UK.” Ah that’s nice of them isn’t it…Where are the receipts? Show us these asylum seekers you’ve clothed? You are fact checking your own facts, but you provide no evidence to prove what your claiming. Patel claims that the asylum system is “collapsing” under the burden of demand…but then £5k seems like a relatively small amount to clothe all these incoming asylum seekers. Remember, Patel is the same woman who admitted that her own parents would not be able to enter the UK under her own legislation — why would she spend £5k to clothe asylum seekers? The very people she wants to detain offshore?
The Home Office have claimed that the £30k accredited to a beauty firm was actually on PPE, posting this tweet that sounds as if it were written by Patel herself:
So, £30k on PPE from a beauty firm, when our health workers have been provided woefully insufficient PPE, with numerous shortages plaguing the NHS over the past year. Yet again, no evidence was provided, and were supposed to believe this came out of Patel’s personal expenses.
The beauty firm in question was Global Beauty Products Limited, whose director, Michael Kossifou, was also the director of Beautiful Brows Limited, the company that Patel’s Home Office gave £77k to. Kossifou is a Director at three different companies: Global Beauty Products, Iliad (Liverpool) Limited, and Elysian Developments. Aneil Kumar Singh is registered as Company Secretary of Iliad (Liverpool) Limited and Elysian Development, as well as 18 (presumably subsidiary) Zoe Group Limited companies…all registered to the same address. It is illegal under section 203 (3) of the 2013 Companies Act to be Secretary to more than one business entity that is not a subsidiary company, but that’s not the dodgy thing about all this. Zoe Group Limited was incorporated by Temple Secretaries Limited (now Shenly Secretaries Limited), whose company director is Barbara Kahan, who was the Director of Beautiful Brows Limited…for one day after its incorporation.
What is going on here? And who is Barabara Kahan? Well Ms Kahan may be the busiest woman in Britain. Born June 1931, the 90 year old former consultant is listed as the founding director of 25,802 companies…equivalent to starting a company every day since April 22nd, 1946 — when she would have been 14. The alias ‘Barbara Kahan’ is a known fraud alias, and this was the name used to incorporate Beautiful Brows Limited, who Patel gave £70k to…and that has been dissolved since 2018. Kahan is well-known among business communities as a name used on companies that are set-up, incorporated, and then sold on to other individuals. This form of shell company is popular with organized crime and money laundering. The company also has an invalid VAT number, and its website is citing a dissolved company number. So just to make it clear, Beautiful Brows Limited is a dissolved company incorporated under a known fraud alias, who the Home Office gave £70k to, and who is owned by Global Beauty Products, the people she gave £30k to for ‘PPE’.
Patel also spent £3700 of taxpayer money on ‘Neptun Qtu Tirane’, an electronics store in Albania, a country listed by the US State Department as a “country of primary concern” when it comes to money laundering. This isn’t the first dodgy thing Patel has done. In 2017, she was sacked from the Cabinet by the then Prime Minister Theresa May for repeatedly having secret — and illegal — meetings with the Israeli government while on holiday, regarding the provision of British aid to them without even informing May or the Cabinet that she was doing so. There are too many Tory sketchy actions for me to fit into one article, from Hancock’s Covid contract cronyism to Dodgy Dave to Tory Minister Rob Jenkins who helped a friend avoid £45 million in tax and received a £12k donation from said friend to his local Conservative Party to Boris Johnson gifting his mistress Jennifer Arcuri a nice £126k contract.
This needs to be investigated, and yet, there is zero media coverage. To quote Henry Kissinger, “Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.”