Friday, November 30, 2007

+++ BBC Confirms Wendy Letter Genuine ++++

BBC 15.48 “Mr Green said he had received a personal letter from Ms Alexander thanking him for his contribution.”

Exclusive : Wendy Alexander Thank You Note Proves She Knew

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This letter should mean Wendy Alexander is toast. This personal note (dated October 5) to Paul Green shows that her telling the media that the first time she knew about the personal donation from Paul Green was 1 pm yesterday, is completely untrue.

Paul Green has also admitted that he gave two personal cheques of £950 which would have put him over the £1000 barrier and shown he was an impermissible donor.

Tom McCabe, her campaign manager, also said on Newsnight Scotland last night that David Whitton MSP was the treasurer for Wendy’s campaign. Yet it was David Whitton who put this statement out on Wednesday night:

“Paul Green was invited by one on the Campaign Team to make a donation as a longstanding Labour supporter. As required by the rules we made inquiries about permissibility and indicated to him that only a UK resident or UK registered company could donate. The registered donation was a UK corporate one. The allegation that a donation was accepted and returned is untrue. We acted in good faith at every stage. The Electoral Commission has been kept appraised.”

The Treasurer would have surely seen the personal cheques and Wendy could not have signed this without noticing the address was Jersey…

N.B. There is no wriggle room. She is on the hook completely;

4.3 It is the legal responsibility of a regulated donee, when receiving a donation to take all reasonable steps forthwith to satisfy themselves that the source of a donation is permissible within the relevant PPERA rules.

Friday Caption Contest (Watt, Abraham, Who? Edition)

Correction as Dictated by Labour HQ

Following on from yesterday’s story “Chris Lennie is now the registered treasurer with the Electoral Commission” according to a tad petulant Owain at the Labour party press office who has just called. Owain didn’t deny that, for a brief moment, under the law Gordon was the acting treasurer until the Electoral Commission was notified of the new treasurer.

Good luck Chris, be wary of lollipop ladies bearing gifts…

Today’s Picture Caption Contest

Like many sweating photo editors Guido would like to use a picture of David Abrahams and Gordon Brown today for his regular Friday competition. We know they were both at the April Board of Deputies event at which Gordon spoke, with Abrahams sitting next to Mendelsohn (they probably talked about the weather). But if you do have a photo, send it to the usual email. It is nearly Christmas, and Guido has been a good boy.

Is Harman Trying the "If I Go, You Go Too" Defence?

Guido is having difficulty understanding the maneuvering of the various Labour party players in the scandal. Dizzy is hinting that the source for the Evening Standard’s writ attracting story on Mendelsohn is the Harman nominating MP, Kevan Jones. He was seen dining with the journalist who wrote the article in Shepherds the night before. Not conclusive, but interesting nonetheless.

Another Labour source tells Guido plausibly that when Mendelsohn was appointed, Watt (a Blairite sympathiser) offered his resignation. When the Abrahams shit hit the Mail on Sunday fan, Watt was the Brownies designated fall guy. A political firebreak. Harman was to be kept in reserve in case the fires licked at the door of No. 10, hence the noticeable lack of support at the PM’s monthly press conference.* So did Harriet encourage Kevan Jones to drop Mendelsohn right in it, thereby protecting herself by linking her fate to Gordon’s fundraiser? Not sure if it makes sense, but it makes more sense than the Telegraph’s bonkers hint that Abrahams might be a conduit for Mossad money.

With Mendelsohn feeling the intense heat and Brown’s campaign manager Chris Leslie giving a bizarre explanation that he tore up a cheque from Abraham’s proxy because he thought it dodgy, yet recommended the donor to Harman’s people anyway. It gets better, Harman still has campaign debts, which are presumably financed with undeclared loans. Which is dodgy.

Hain’s campaign, which according to the wife of a well connected SpAd was derailed by Guido (it was a pleasure), forgot to declare £5,000 given by Mendelsohn. That is Hain’s story and he is sticking to it. For now. The police are really going to have their work cut out methinks. At least we have settled one thing, the consensus is that the name for the scandal is “Donorgate”.

*The transcript of which on the Downing Street website is suspiciously heavily redacted “on party political grounds” something Guido does not recall happening in the Blair era. Also the usual video record is not available. Guido of course has his own copy to use to highlight a few of Gordon’s untruths.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Enjoy A Night In

Even in Wexford, courtesy of Sky and the wonders of broadband, it is possible for Guido to watch both Newsnight and Question Time simultaneously. Newsnight is going to have some devestating revelations from David Grossman and Question Time should be a laugh.

Guido is on his second bottle, one of the better Margaux – well it has been a good day. Always liked that Grossman chap…

Police Confirm Investigation

Peter Watt could face up to 12 months for breaching the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 alone. There are various potential offences to consider. More here.

Roy Kennedy was the Director of Finance and Compliance when the illegal funding operation was under way. Labour sources have told Guido that he should have known, it is inconceivable that the third biggest funder of the Labour party could have gone unchecked. He was responsible for compliance with the law. The question is when did he first know about it?

He will be an early target of the police investigation.

Evening Standard : "Source is Excellent"

Jon Mendelsohn is running out of options, as an experienced spin merchant he knows that suing a newspaper is risky and the last option of the desperate. It buys a little time and than you may have to drop it or risk expensively losing in Court. Remember the Beckhams threatening to sue various kiss ‘n tell girls? Remember Aitken and his trusty sword of truth? Doesn’t work does it?

Every indication is that the Standard is sticking by the story. They say the source is excellent. Guido has to laugh whenever Mendelsohn’s “friends” peddle the “man of integrity” line. People who have done business with him say that is not a description they recognised. The last thing Labour needs is to wash their dirty linen in a bitterly fought libel case.

GQ’s Powerful, Political, Unelected

GQ contacted Guido to tell him to come for a photo-shoot with David Bailey. Mrs Fawkes was very amused, “See if he will do the kids as well”. It would have been to highlight a piece on the most powerful unelected men in Britain. Guido can’t even get his three year old to eat her breakfast.

Alex Hilton is rumoured to be flashing his smile for Bailey, Iain is very excited about it and Tim Montgomerie has been invited as well. Like Gus O’Donnell, Guido declined, since he will be too busy exercising his power…


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A confused Nick Griffin says Nigel Farage is a shill for the City, forgetting that City banks want to stay in the EU:

“Farage is a snake oil salesman, but a very good one. His supposed anti-immigration stance is all smoke and mirrors, as is his carefully cultivated image as a ‘man of the people’. The truth is that UKIP is a pro-immigration party that exists to lobby for the interests of the City of London.”



Nick Clegg says:

Do you want lies with that?


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