Beyond Snouts in the Trough: Labour's False Accounting?
The story of loans to the Labour Party in return for peerages has had a sniff of being something bigger than it first appeared.
Jack Dromey launched an investigation into the loans, which have become the centre of "cash-for-peerages" allegations.
Whoa, hold on a minute, the Labour Party's treasurer was not informed about £3,500,000 worth of loans made to the party!?
Whiter than white?
I don't pretend to have any knowlege of accounting, so plenty of questions on this one:
How the hell did they manage to sign off on the accounts?
Are there two sets of books?
How were the loans to be paid off without the party treasurer's knowlege?
Were the loans handled by No. 10?
Are the Electoral Commission happy with this, or did they even know of it?
Why were the loans kept secret?
If Labour has nothing to hide about these loans, why did they hide them?
Who knew about them?
Watch Jack Dromey's interview for C4 News here. He is sounding more than a little hacked off, whilst maintaining that there was nothing illegal going on... Apparently he, as party treasurer, learned about £3,500,000 worth of loans to the party from media reports.
Given that he is married to Harriet Harman, former Solicitor General, and now a Department of Constitutional Affairs minister, their breakfast table conversation last week must have rivaled that of Tessa Jowell and David Mills!
Nobody could accuse me of being a lover of the Conservative Party - but this makes a few thousand quid in a brown envelope paid in return for a question being asked in the Commons look pretty pathetic.