Lord Ashcroft appears to be making a takeover bid for the Tory Party;
I have occasionally been a passive investor in businesses, but not so occasionally that I am unable to say with certainty that it is not for me. I much prefer to be involved – to make sure that my investment is wisely placed and, where I can, to help. Similar rules apply in respect to the charities to which I give. I like to be involved. My financial contributions to the Conservative Party could be classified similarly, especially in recent years.
What began as admiration at a distance for the work of Margaret Thatcher has grown over a twenty-year relationship with the Party to a much closer association. During William Hague’s time as leader, I was Treasurer of the Party, and I have recently rejoined the Board. I have learned a great deal and believe I can contribute more effectively.
I am known to be a donor to the Party, and I am proud of that fact. But I would not wish anyone to imagine that my financial support comes, de facto, with strings attached.
Jon Bernstein, Online Project Editor, Channel 4 News asks for “Your thoughts in 150 – 200 words please by close of play Thursday 30 June.” That ain’t how blogging works mate, that’s called ’email’ or ‘homework’, so read the bloody blog yourself Jon.
UPDATE: The spoil-sports changed it within half-an-hour. The client reference read “RHODESIA”. Get on with some work chaps, stop idling. You are supposed to be spying on other countries, not blogs.
She is (relatively speaking) a hottie with a tendency to wear skirts a little too short, much to the satisfaction of many members.
- Tim Yeo is not going to run.
- Bercow might manage Alan Duncan’s campaign.
- David Davis’ weekend soldiering in the Territorial Army is going to come under the tabloid microscope. It’ll be less Basher Davis “can kill a man with his bare hands” and more Captain
She took it literally and started a new feature “Political Hotties”, asking readers to nominate good looking politicians.[…]
I see Rowan Williams has got on his high horse – “It is the world of the weblog and the independent media centre; it is interactive, restlessly conscious of its own transient nature. If the classical journalist just occasionally nurtured the illusion of writing or speaking for posterity, no such fantasy is possible in the electronic world.[…]
David Davis 8/11
David Cameron 6/1
Kenneth Clarke 9/1
Malcolm Rifkind 10/1
William Hague 12/1
Andrew Lansley 14/1
Liam Fox 14/1
Tim Yeo 16 / 1
Alan Duncan 20 / 1
Theresa May 50 / 1
Damian Green 50 / 1
John Redwood 50 / 1
What exactly is the question to which Tories come up with the answer “Malcom Rifkind”?[…]