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The Indy reckons Levy ‘feels let down and is about to turn on the Labour Party, the Sunday Times says Blair aides ‘plotted’ to foil police.
If (as is widely believed around Westminster) McTernan has grassed about the alleged cover-up, then Powell, previously perceived as too clever to get caught, could also be in trouble and dodgy donor Chris Evans can expect his day in court as well.
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Osborne banged the drum for the government switching to Open Source and, although he didn’t say it explicitly, abandoning Microsoft. The comparitive imagery is very potent, the Tories are the Google party (“Do no evil”) to New Labour’s Microsoft party (“Evil Corp.”).
Online libertarians have a gut suspicion of the Microsoft/New Labour alliance, when Big Software meets Big Government one thing you can be sure about – we’re going to get screwed financially. So Osborne is obviously hanging out with the right kind of geeks nowadays.
The speech would not have been out of place at a Labour party event, in fact it is clear that Beckett saw the 11 Downing Street gathering as a Labour party event, she talks about the “history of our Party”, what “we as a party did”, the virtue of being a “scourge of the Tory Party” – peppering her speech with criticisms of the contemporary Conservative party and David Cameron.
Gordon Brown attended as did most of the trustees, Lord Haskel brought knowing laughter from the audience when he said they would vigourously fight the Charity Commission’s investigation into their non-political status. Nevertheless Beckett went on to deliver a partisan speech with no regard to their charitable objective of education. She praised Gordon to the skies, lauding his record in office saying “..if, as I certainly hope we do, we have the architect of that amazing record, Gordon Brown, as our next Labour Prime Minister” and “Gordon – a man in whom the flame of social justice burns every bit as brightly as it did in John [Smith]” and so on.
It is hard to see how the Charities Commission can allow them to continue to have charitable status any longer. The only beneficiary of this charity is Gordon Brown. Judge for yourself by downloading the speech obtained by a co-conspirator here.
Guido has already passed this speech to the Charity Commission investigation team.
*Mervyn Druain is so expensive that (according to Vogue) he allows clients to pay in installments, according to Harpers his Smile Lift and Wrinkle Remover procedure costs a mere £3,000. Gordon had his smile sorted recently.
Say if someone equivalent in Downing Street was caught leaking… oh hold on, Downing Street deny leaking. The PMOS actually said today “Suggestions that we leaked or were trying to leak this information are just plain wrong – and that’s not based on my personal hunch. It’s because there are inaccuracies in reports which mean it can’t have come from No. 10.” When we leak, we get it right..
Oh, but McTernan is not in Downing Street now, he is in Scotland…
Beckett is speaking about John Smith. Maybe the co-conspirators / Jedi should ask her about the secret political slush fund she operated during his period of leadership which was only closed down shortly before it became illegal.
*The Metropolitan Police Force.
Well perhaps he should stop ringing up political editors and briefing them in that case? All those unnamed “friends” quoted in the press are him, briefing…