Tartan Cash for Honours

Officially Scottish bus-king Sir Brian Souter got his knighthood for services to transport and the voluntary sector. Scotland is in a bit of a tiff though given it has emerged that it the SNP executive that put him up for the gong. It’s apparently just coincidence that Souter is the nationalist’s biggest donor.  Guido remembers the days when the SNP led the charge in Parliament against the Cash for Honours scandal. What was it that Alex Salmond said in 2007?

“There is hardly a single person in the Palace of Westminster who would not freely concede that throughout the London based parties, there has been a political culture which allowed a relationship between financial donations and nominations for honours.”

It seems that has spread north…




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