Monday, September 25, 2006

Brown jailed for two years


No, not the next leader of the Labour Party.

THIS one.

The generous donor to the Liberal Democrats - the one who lent his private plane to Charlie Kennedy (clearly before Limpid Optic opened his own airline) - has been convicted of perjury and making a false declaration. He was sent down for two years for what the judge described as 'very deliberate and pointed' dishonesty.

Which sums up the Liberal Democrats quite nicely.

The BBC story trots out the LD line that it has nothing to do with the party and does not affect the legality of his donation - £2 million that the party can't afford to return without scrapping Vince Cable's proposed charisma transplant or delaying the repayments on Mark Oaten's laundry bill - and that the investigation is apparently over.

Except that it isn't. The Electoral Commission reopened the investigation to see if the assorted legal actions against Mr Brown might yet throw up some interesting evidence. There's still some mileage in this story yet.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

While we are on the subject of honesty,any more arrests in the the peerages for donations case?

elephunt said...

Surely you can glean such info from Guido's site.In the meantime let us Focus (pun intended)on the fate of the LDs biggest ever donor. During the 2005 election we were all surprised to see the number of poster sites the LDs bought up. It was only AFTER the election that the LDs were open enough to tell us where the money had come from...

Stuart Ritchie said...

Labour Spin (or lies as everyone else knows it) alive and well!
The electoral commission have completed their investigations and have concluded that the Lib Dems did nothing wrong. (Unlike Labour trying to hide Donations by calling them 1000 year Loans). When contacted by the media yesterday they said that if the Police came up with any new information they would look again but as far as they are concerned the matter is closed.

elephunt said...

Are you suggesting the LDs told everyone (by which I mean the public and media) they had received a massive cash donation just before the 2005 election? Did they bugger...

Anonymous said...

When the Labour Party is funded completely by the political levy from the trade unions again, it can embrace a socialist programme.