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23-02-2012, 13:38
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There’s been a lot of press coverage recently about Emma Harrison, whose company A4e has raked in millions from the government (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2102892/Living-state--Inside-16-bedroom-42-loo-mansion-Governments-families-tsar-8-5m-payday-provoked-outrage.html) for securing jobs for the unemployed, many of which on closer examination have proved to be non-existent.

What isn’t so widely appreciated is that she is the chatelaine of Thornbridge Hall in Derbyshire, and that:

Emma’s husband, Jim, runs Thornbridge Brewery, housed in a converted outbuilding on the estate and another site in nearby Bakewell. One of his ales is called Jaipur, a nod to the city where he and Emma married. He also owns a number of pubs and restaurants, all of which operate at a loss according to the latest accounts. None of which matters, as long as Emma is doing her bit for the unemployed.They may produce some fine beers, but you get the impression the brewery is something of a vanity project funded by your taxes and mine.

And put that belly button away, love!

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