Private Prosecution : Pledge Support

Graphic courtesy of Beau Bo D’Or

Guido has been in discussion with some of m’learned friends after a careful reading of the CPS statement. The CPS has decided on a bar set very high to justify not prosecuting under the Honours (Prevention of Abuses) Act 1925 (‘the 1925 Act’).

The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act, 2000 (‘the 2000 Act’) was dealt with far too perfunctorily in the CPS statement. More than one legal authority consulted by Guido thinks that there are avenues open to a private prosecution via the 2000 Act which have the advantage of not requiring the proving of a conspiracy.

The weakest part of the CPS statement is point 30:

In relation to possible breaches of the 2000 Act, we are satisfied that we cannot exclude the possibility that any loans made – all of which were made following receipt by the Labour Party of legal advice – can properly be characterised as commercial.

There are a number of related suspected offences under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 governing the evasion of restrictions on donations which provide a firm and clear basis for action. Crucially, a prosecution on this basis would avoid the difficulties of having to prove a conspiracy. It would also have the advantage that there are statements from donors already in the public domain which, contrary to the stated view of the CPS, exclude the possibility that the loans were made, or intended to be made, on a commercial basis.

The attempt by Levy et al to portray themselves as the victims of an over zealous policeman are contemptible. They deliberately subverted the law in a secret attempt to cover up donations made by persons they later put forward for honours. A fact they deliberately and disingenuously hid from House of Lords Appointment Committee. If you want to see justice done and the law upheld, pledge your support for a private prosecution here.

Rumours of CCHQ Recriminations

Guido is trying to get confirmation of senior Cameroonie quitting / threatening to quit. Wasn’t this scripted for Cowley Street not Millbank?

UPDATED : George Bridges has quit according to unofficial but reliable sources.

Full text of the CPS Decision


Full text PDF here.

Do You Believe there is No Connection Between Cash and Honours?

Tony Blair created 292 peers. Millions were raised from the recipients of those honours.
The correlation between making large donations to the Labour Party and receiving an honour is extraordinary. Statistical analysis shows that 58.54% of all donors giving more than £50,000 to the Labour Party receive an honour. This compares to just 0.035% of non-donors. Large Labour Party donors are 1,657 times more likely to receive an honour than a non-donor and 6,969 times more likely to receive a peerage. It is almost impossible to avoid the conclusion that the Labour Party has been selling honours, including places in the House of Lords. An analysis of all donations over £50,000 since 2001 reveals that Honour certainly has its price. We publish below the average amount donated by the recipients of various honours – an “Honours Price List”. Those receiving a Peerage have given £1.07 million on average, and a Knighthood £747,000…

Source : The Price of Dishonour

Funding Facts:

  • 80% of Labour’s election funding came from the covert Loans for Lordship program.
  • Every donor who has given the party more than £1 million has been given a knighthood or a peerage.
  • Three quarters of those individuals who have given more than £50,000 to the Labour Party since 2001 have received an honour.

Laughing at Chris Bryant

Croydonian draws Guido’s attention to Chris Byrant’s question to Michael Wills, the new Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice “Does he believe that one of the most important British values is our ability to laugh at ourselves.”
That would be the same Chris Bryant who won £10,000 off the Guardian for parodying him, threatened Iain Dale with a writ and told a Press Commission sponsored event that Iain and Guido would get a kicking in the courts soon. Chris Bryant strikes Guido as someone who does not have much of an ability to laugh at himself.

Though, as this picture illustrates, he has provided us with a few laughs over the years…

CameroonHome

Last week Guido reflected on Fiona Melville’s planned rival to ConservativeHome.com known as Platform 10. Guido jokingly described it as potentially CameroonHome.com. So it was with some amusement that Guido learnt from a co-conspirator that Fiona had taken note of the suggestion and registered the name.

Domain Name: CAMEROONHOME.ORG
Created On: 17-Jul-2007 22:18:07 UTC
Last Updated On: 18-Jul-2007 00:37:28 UTC
Expiration Date: 17-Jul-2008 22:18:07 UTC
Registrant Name: Fiona Melville

Coincidence? Get in touch Fiona…

BBC – Criminal Conspiracy?

If BBC staff knowingly deceived viewers into believing that they could win a prize by calling a premium rate phone number when they knew they could not, isn’t that a conspiracy to defraud?

What do m’learned friends think?

Snouts in Trough : Cash for Passes

Sam Coates in The Times has a piece on Lords lining their pockets with lobbying consultancies and doling out handy Westminster security passes to lobbyists in return. These Cash for Passes deals mean that some of the bars in the Palace of Westminster are packed with twentysomething lobbyists who do nothing but lubricate the Mother of Parliaments for vested interests.

In the U.S. lobbyists have to register and publicly declare their clients. We need a similar system that also forces them to declare any payments to lawmakers.

Boris : School Days

[…]

Why Boris Will Win

Turnout was 36.95% in the 2004 Mayoral elections. Ken actually got the support of only 10% of the potential electorate. The Tories are more popular now than before and they have in Boris a likeable candidate. Is that alone enough

[…]

Boris Campaign Under Way

Guido hears that Dan Ritterband, who was key in Cameron’s leadership campaign, has switched from backing Nick Boles (pulled out due to serious illness) to campaigning for Boris. A campaigning web-site will be live soon…

UPDATE :

BackBoris.Com is live.

[…]

Boris! Confirmed!

There is joy unabounded in Guido’s cellar.

In fact this calls for a drink…

UPDATE : You can call Tory Radio now on 0845 257-0-427 and leave a message of support for later broadcast - “I’m Backing Boris because…”

[…]



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