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Started by Agaliarept on May 21, 2020 9:19:44 AM
Steve Coogan criticised for ‘furloughing his gardener and housekeeper’ at £4 million country home

Steve Coogan has been criticised for allegedly furloughing the gardener and housekeeper he employs at his £4 million country house.

It’s been suggested that the Alan Partridge star is “taking advantage” of the scheme due to his staff being unable to travel to his house as the pandemic continues.

But, on Wednesday (20 May), Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen commented on Coogan’s decision to stop paying his staff, saying: “The furlough scheme is to protect businesses that are suspended and can’t operate during the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/steve-coogan-furlough-gardener-housekeeper-staff-a9525386.html

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Agaliarept - 21 May 2020 09:24:13 (#1 of 122)

Err, that's a bit of a gift to the dark side. Coogan has been vocally critical about the government, then gifts them this own goal.

********If true, I accept the story says 'allegedly'**********

tasselhoff - 21 May 2020 09:27:38 (#2 of 122)

If they can't work they can be furloughed, no? Non story.

bossab2 - 21 May 2020 09:29:49 (#3 of 122)

Presumably the grass is still growing...

Moschops - 21 May 2020 09:30:34 (#4 of 122)

They can be. But, given that this money has to be paid back by all of us, and Steve Coogan is presumably rich enough to keep paying them without even noticing it, it's a bit shit

tasselhoff - 21 May 2020 09:32:21 (#5 of 122)

If no rich Tories have furloughed staff, then fair enough.

browserbutton - 21 May 2020 09:34:43 (#6 of 122)

this money has to be paid back by all of us

There's plenty more where that came from. You just have to have faith in Rishi Sunak and his magic money tree.

Steve Coogan makes me laugh, I don't really care how big his house is.

Arjuna - 21 May 2020 09:34:46 (#7 of 122)

I am sure there is a lot of abuse of the scheme and there has been a fair deal of media naming and shaming. Although I would be wary of MPs picking out out celebrity supporters of other parties, their job is to monitor how the scheme runs as a whole not indulge in point scoring.

darkhorse - 21 May 2020 09:37:01 (#8 of 122)

Oh why or why has some dirt been dug on hacking campaigner and previous litigant against the Murdoch press Steve Coogan?

It's a puzzler.

annetjie - 21 May 2020 09:40:31 (#9 of 122)

It's like when they went after Posh spice - and ignored the other million/billionaires who are mostly men.

Ginmonkey - 21 May 2020 09:40:34 (#10 of 122)

Technically he's done nothing wrong. His staff cannot work and he is using the government scheme designed to support people in that situation.

Whether he should is a different arguement.

HouseOfLametta - 21 May 2020 09:41:54 (#11 of 122)

Rich people can't furlough their workforce now?

Branson and Dyson will be horrified!

Agaliarept - 21 May 2020 09:43:39 (#12 of 122)

If no rich Tories have furloughed staff, then fair enough.

No I don't think that follows. It's only bad if no one else is worse?

Although I would be wary of MPs picking out out celebrity supporters of other parties, their job is to monitor how the scheme runs as a whole not indulge in point scoring.

That's fair. Which is why I call it an own goal. Of course Tory MPs are going to try to point score when they've done such a shit job.

Agaliarept - 21 May 2020 09:44:22 (#13 of 122)

Whether he should is a different arguement.

It's the argument.

No one is suggesting he's dong anything illegal.

browserbutton - 21 May 2020 09:45:30 (#14 of 122)

I wonder if Rees-Mogg has given Nanny a rigorous furloughing.

annetjie - 21 May 2020 09:49:48 (#15 of 122)

Eww!

Crayola - 21 May 2020 09:55:11 (#16 of 122)

If he is paying them through a proper PAYE process, and so can furlough them, he is completely entitled to. Whether someone rich should furlough people they employ or not is a different question. He's certainly likely to have lost work as result of this.

I have a cleaner. I am still paying her when she's not here as I don't know who else is and I am still working and getting paid.

Agaliarept - 21 May 2020 09:58:58 (#17 of 122)

Whether someone rich should furlough people they employ or not is a different question.

No it's the question.

I have a cleaner. I am still paying her when she's not here as I don't know who else is and I am still working and getting paid.

Is it asking too much to ask a millionaire to do this? Especially if he has so few staff.

Lagopus - 21 May 2020 10:03:07 (#18 of 122)

Well, I'm furloughed. My employer probably could afford to pay me even though I can't do any work, but it'd be a rather odd commercial decision to do so if they don't have to.

LemonGrass - 21 May 2020 10:07:20 (#19 of 122)

#5 - If no rich Tories have furloughed staff, then fair enough.

Word.

annetjie - 21 May 2020 10:09:42 (#20 of 122)

I have a cleaner. I am still paying her when she's not here as I don't know who else is and I am still working and getting paid.

Me too. I worked as a cleaner years ago and it really used to piss me off if I turned up and they'd left me a note saying I wasn't needed the following week as they were on holiday, or it was a bank holiday, and that would be it.

I always swore that if I was ever in the position to afford a cleaner, I would always pay them, and I do. Bank holidays and if I go away - I pay.

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