Clinton shock with council estate Christmas card, Zoella's book ghostwritten and Lords reject bill over cheap champagne

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Clinton shock with council estate Christmas card, Zoella's book ghostwritten and Lords reject bill over cheap champagne
8th December 2014

Clinton shock with council estate card 

Clinton cards may have been aiming for all the viral success of Buzzfeed with listicle card “10 reasons Santa must live on a council estate” but their seasonal greetings have been met with a distinct lack of festive cheer. 

The list, which lists reasons such as “He only works once a year” and “He drinks alcohol during working hours” has been met with outrage online. 

While Clintons webpage originally read “This funny card is great for sending at Christmas time”, users on the company’s Facebook page clearly didn’t agree. 

One wrote: “Disgraceful! I live on a council estate – never have I been in trouble with the police, I don’t drink, I worked full time for the council until I became very sick this year so I attend university whilst I recover. I cannot believe that your company has allowed this vile prejudice – I’m sure a number of your employees live on estates since you only pay minimum wage…”

Clinton have withdrawn the card, and a spokesperson said: "It is in no way reflective of our views and we apologise without reservation.

“We are investigating how this offensive card got through our quality control procedures, which we will review and tighten as a result of this incident. This was a mistake and we deeply regret the upset that this has clearly caused.”

Zoella’s bestseller "Girl Online" ghostwritten 

The Youtube star Zoella released “Girl Online” in November to immediate, startling success. It achieved the highest first week sales for a debut novel ever, shifting 78,109 copies. 

However, speaking to the Sunday Times, a spokesperson for Penguin Random House said "to be factually accurate you would need to say Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own".

Zoella, whose real name is Zoe Sugg, defended her actions on Twitter with a message which read: “For the doubters out there, of course I was going to have help from Penguin's editorial team in telling my story, which I talked about from the beginning.

"Everyone needs help when they try something new. The story and the characters of Girl Online are mine.

"I want to thank all of you who have taken time to support the book."

Sugg is signed to a two-book deal with Penguin. Some on Twitter have suggested she was wrong to take credit for writing the book if she didn't do the actual writing. 

The author of the book is thought to be Siobhan Curham, who is thanked on Zoella’s acknowledgement’s page and is a freelance young adult fiction writer. 

House of Lords refused catering budget cut in fear of inferior champagne 

A cost saving plan to combine the catering in the House of Lords with the House of Commons was rejected by the Lords after peers feared they would end up drinking champagne of a lower quality than they were used to. 

The refusal to downgrade was revealed by Sir Malcolm Jack, clerk of Commons between 2006 and 2011, when giving evidence to a committee reconsidering how the palace of Westminster is run. 

In the eye opening exchange, Sir Malcolm said: 

"The Lords feared that the quality of Champagne would not be as good if they chose a joint service."

To which a surprised committee chair Jack Straw asked: “Did you make that up? Is that true?”

Sir Malcolm said: “Yes, it is true.”

The Lords has bought more than 17,000 bottles of Champagne since 2010, for £265,770. However, champagne in the House of Commons is actually more expensive than at the House of Lords. 

Former Commons Leader Peter Hain said: "Parliament can sometimes be a complete pantomime of itself and I am afraid this is a case in point. The case for continued reform is now overwhelming."

In response, a spokesman for the House of Lords said: "The House of Lords would not reject a merger of catering services with the House of Commons simply on the supply of Champagne.

"The House of Lords catering department and subsidy is significantly smaller than that of the House of Commons, and it is not clear that any merger would produce savings in the costs of the House of Lords. All alcohol sold in the House of Lords is sold at a profit."

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