That may be, but we will know that he is just as slippery as Blair when it comes to covert funding. We’ll know that his big business friends with interests in government contracts, government preferment and personal advancement, backed his campaign with cold cash given behind closed doors. Gordon glad-handed them at events at No. 11 organised by the Smith Institute, subsidised the Sith’s events by allowing them to use No. 11 rent free, the Treasury paid tax kick-backs on donations to the “educational charity” and even went so far as to pay thousands directly to the Smith Institute’s private company to organise events.
Gordon then tried to get a peerage for his allies Wilf Stevenson, the director of the Smith Institute and Ronnie “PFI” Cohen, the financier and Gordon backer. When Blair goes will anything really change when it comes to New Labour sleaze?
*Hat-tip to Hencke
Of course mistakes can be made by anyone in pursuit of the truth.
Can you remind Guido which unfiltered, agenda-free broadcaster confidently predicted with a knowing, worldly-wise smirk to camera, that ‘the police will simply go through the motions of investigating allegations of “cash for peerages’? in March 2006?
So it is interesting to see that Demos have arranged a Valentine’s day lunchtime love-in with David Willets on the New Tory buzzwords social responsibility. Not sure who is wooing who here – the brand decontaminating Tories, or Demos who want to distance themselves from their Blairite New Labour heritage. The important thing is not so much what they are saying, as who is saying what to whom as the tectonic plates shift.
According to the Mail on Sunday he also had a few worries when he was a SpAd at the Home Office and they were clamping down on Acid House parties, parties to which he and Samantha were not strangers. Can’t recall seeing him, mind you, if you can remember anything…
This week will see some features and presentational changes to the blog, including an “about” section. The blog’s style of approach and mission to entertain at the expense of politicians will remain unchanged.
Can Gordon get his mate Ronnie “PFI” Cohen [pictured] to cough up