Scottish Daily Mail

The dastardly Mr Deeded


Don’t expect newly-appointed Tory treasurer Sir Mick Davis to throw any lavish celebratio­ns at next week’s conference. I’m advised the bearded, £80m former Xstrata boss, 58 – aka ‘Mick the Miner’ – is a reserved sort, and not prone to unbridled extravagan­ce. How honourable members must long for those halcyon days of former treasurers Lords McAlpine and Hesketh, who threw uproarious beanos with ice-filled hotel baths brimming with native oysters and premier cru champagne. Lawyers at City firm Macfarlane­s’ private client division, which advises filthy rich customers on tax, have been banned from taking holiday between January and April next year. The firm is expecting a frantic start to 2017 due to the change in the non-dom laws. Staff are moping as the fatwa wipes out the ski season. Cue the world’s smallest violin, maestro! Hammy Metro Bank founder Vernon Hill doesn’t understand why we put cashpoints outside. He says: ‘In the US we have them inside the foyers. Not only do you Brits like to queue, you like to queue in the rain.’ Fair point. yankee doodle Vern, 71, worth £400m, is a stickler for customer relations. New account holders at Metro are entitled to a free doggie from Battersea dogs home. Boisterous Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary’s decision, announced yesterday, to sack champion trainer Willie Mullins is being blamed on a dust-up over fees. Others wonder if he had grown tired of playing second fiddle to Mullins’ other multi-millionair­e owner, the fat cat-in-the-hat, former Barclays executive Rich Ricci, 52. Behind £3m-a-year O’Loudmouth’s bluster, some say that there lurks a frail, delicate ego. The next Lord Mayor of London is tipped to be Andrew Parmley, 60, the principal of senior school at London’s £20,000-a-year Harrodian School, who will succeed shipbroker Lord Mountevans, 68, next autumn. The post is largely ceremonial, but tough graft. As Lord Mayor for a year, incumbents can expect to address 10,000 people a month, make 700 speeches and spend 90 days promoting the City, all without salary. On the plus side, it’s pretty much a nailed-on knighthood.

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