Page 3 girls and UKIP donations: Inside the mind of Liverpool’s Lyceum owner
Andrew Perloff reveals his thoughts in financial overview of his company
The owner of one of Liverpool’s architectural gems has recommended his company donates £25,000 to UKIP and credited Margaret Thatcher with the liberation of topless models.
Amid tales of partying with bikini-clad models Andrew Perloff, whose company owns the Lyceum on Bold Street, also questions “wimmin’s” groups for campaigning against topless photos appearing in national newspapers.
His comments come in a remarkable financial overview of his firm’s 2014 dealings and offer an insight into the mind of the man in charge of one of the city’s most prized buildings.
Mr Perloff, who told the ECHO he is on the look out for tenants of the building and believes the Grade II listed complex would make a “beautiful” arts exhibition space, has previously contributed thousands of pounds to the Tories but switched his support to UKIP around summer 2013.
And, writing at the end of April, the businessman appeared keen to support the party in the run up to the General Election.
In an in-depth financial report on Panther Securities, the company he is chairman of, he wrote: “Whilst it may be too late for the election this year I still believe it is important to support a political party that stands for what I and a lot of other people believe in. Thus I have once again asked for a resolution to be put before the shareholders at the forthcoming AGM to donate £25,000 to the UK Independence Party.”
Shareholders were due to vote on the donation towards the end of June.
The Lyceum building on Bold Street
The suggested donation comes ahead of a section called “chairman’s ramblings”, in which Mr Perloff recalls holidays in Thailand and parties with bikini-clad Page 3 girls before slamming modern politicians and taxation.
He recalls meeting a glamour model photographer from Liverpool while on holiday in Thailand in the 1980s and allowing him to set up a base in Panther’s London HQ.
As a result Mr Perloff partied with Page 3 girls, offering him an insight into their lives.
He writes: “With the benefit of hindsight, it was clear that this was the beginning of the celebrity era which a lot of these models became. Many of these girls became very high earners; some of the most popular ones commanding up to £5,000 just to open a new store or supermarket.
“The anti-Page 3 Girl’s focus groups would have restricted their freedom to earn a good living. These models, like footballers, mostly have only a limited window of opportunity for high earning and in my opinion there is only one person who gave these women true liberation and that was Margaret Thatcher and her various chosen chancellors.”
According to Mr Perloff, who has more than 50 years of experience in the property sector, Mrs Thatcher’s governments heralded “the beginning of a form of freedom for those who wanted to work hard and earn their way in the world”.
The successful businessman then goes on to condemn modern politicians, adding “common sense and truth are almost impossible to get at election time” before ending his comment piece by saying: “The Chinese have a curse “May you live in exciting times.”
Only part of the Lyceum is currently in use, with the Co-Op bank based in a section of the historic building. The 1802 site is just one of more than 100 around Britain owned by Panther Securities and is listed for let on the firm’s website.
From The Liverpool Echo . 11.07.15. Report by Joe Thomas.
Liveraf Comment. So Mr. Perloff believes in rich rewards for those who work hard? Don’t you? Don’t I? Doesn’t everybody? But if a page 3 model can earn £5,000 for the “hard work” of opening a supermarket, where does that place the earning power of the shelf stackers, till operators, cleaners, and all the other people who lubricate the profits of the place?
My God, the number of demonstrations against poverty, injustice, homelessness, anti-fascism and the devil only knows what, which have started off outside this building. Little did we realise that the cat which collared the cream owned the place, and doles out great wads of money to UKIP!
The next time you’re assembling to protest against Israel, austerity, maltreatment of asylum seekers, or whatever, make sure you give this sleazy so-and-so a good loud heckle.