So much to blog on, so little time. Strange as it may seem, I do have a life and have been somewhat busy at work (inc a shift swap) and sorting out other things this week, and I am a bit busy today so I will be brief, but to the point I hope :).
I notice that Labour have been urging the Conservatives to mention their hidden donors, and this is something that has plagued the Tories this week. After hurling mud at the Labour Party all-too-freely did they not expect for a few awkward questions to be asked of their finances. Clearly not, which is somewhat remiss and naive of them, but then they are not used to being in opposition and having brickbats thrown at them like another Party had suffered at one time!
Now they are playing the martyr card and have stated that some donors are afraid to mention their contacts for fear of losing government contracts.
That is somewhat unfair, and indeed arrogant, as it indicates that they would be more generous in government and I doubt if the tables were turned, i.e. Labour in opposition when this broke out, the Tories would be so gracious to Labour. Besides, this isn't school politics, we live in the real world and we accept that people have varying political opinions. If ministers started withholding contracts out of malicious spite then they would be in trouble very quickly (and rightly so) with the regulatory bodies concerned and the relevant companies can make an appeal. There are rules and regulations to deal with these things.
Put simply, Labour in government have put forward various laws on donations, the Party has fallen through the netting, as it were, so the laws will be tightened. The Lib Dems agree with the changes, as far as I know, so why aren't the Tories, what have they got to hide? Incidentally the BBC News website have quoted backbench Tory MP Roger Gale as stating that Labour are:
"trying to distract attention from their own "wholly unacceptable" fundraising tactics."
So it's okay to slur and attack the Labour Party but not for pertinent questions to be asked of the Tories in return!
How arrogant, but unsurprising.
Incidentally, do you recall these negative posters during the general election campaign! Aside from the fact they were nasty and indeed inaccurate (as the PM had already stated that this would be the last general election he would fight as leader), much of the campaign funding from the Tories came from loans donated. How many of them were secret remains to be seen!
Are you thinking what we're thinking! :/
BTW, B4L has an excellent posting on this.