On Saturday The Telegraph followed up
on Guido’s story from earlier this month
about the Smith Institute and today it has a leader
and an article
on the subject. The Charity Commissioners received calls from the Times, Bloomberg
and The Telegraph
chasing the story, which seems to have galvanised them into action. They have announced that they intend to re-investigate what is effectively Gordon’s slush fund and charitable successor to his “blind trust”
, the Industrial Research Trust.
All are chasing what could be a dynamite scandal for Ed Balls and Gordon Brown, the Smith Institute’s use of Treasury tax rebates on donations to the “charity”
to fund Ed Balls’ salary and subsidise what is the secretariat for Gordon’s government-in-waiting
. The prospect of being able to lay abuse-of-office charges at the door of No. 11 has hacks salivating.
Now call Guido cynical if you will, but on the day the Charity Commissioners announce their intentions, and the Telegraph articles show the press chase has begun, we learn from a deftly placed story in the government’s favourite mouthpiece, The Sun, that tragically Gordon’s son has cystic fibrosis. A good day to front-page the tragic news?
DEVELOPING – MORE TO FOLLOW
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