Sunday, 14 February 2010

Donor Kebab

The inevitable mudslinging over donations has started with Labour getting all upset because the Tories are getting more money than they are.

Reading West Conservatives DO NOT get money from Lord Ashcroft. It's another typically outrageous Labour lie...

... because everyone knows it was Reading East Conservatives that trousered nearly £10.000 of the Belize tax dodger's cash to help pay for Rob Wilson's election victory even if Richard Willis did stand up in the council chamber and deny it. They get £7500 a year from Sir John Madejski, [Update: I was made aware that they didn't declare a prejudicial or personal interest but it has since been pointed out to me that the Conservative group did declare a non-prejudicial interest with respect to the offices that Sir John pays for, so apologies for any confusion caused. Happy to correct it.]. Still, times are hard so it's good to know that a top up from some of Rob Wilson's communications allowance went to the Reading East party to pay for delivery services except didn't he tell the Standards Committee that he used volunteers.  Hang on, I digress!

Silly Labour boys. As any fule kno, Alok Sharma gets his cash from plain old common or garden multi-millionairees. Roger Hancox, Richard Beynon MP, oh and what looks like a London based Indian textile firm and an Indian shipping billionaire. Didn't think a qualified Chartered Accountant could afford it all on his own do you? Of course, not. That's why Jamie Chowdary has to dig deep.

Perhaps Cllr Ennis is too shy in his wallet envy to ask tthe Communication Workers Union for a pocket money rise after his MP 'campaigned' to save Post Offices then voted to close them. Or maybe UNISON instead of writing begging letters to councillors about their pay deal have finally twigged that if they actually don't give the local Labour Party any more of their members' money they might get a better one? Perhaps UNITE? Nah. My union has treated their members as suckers with that fairy story about influence so they'll carry on handing over the cash. I guess the only option left is to have a word with Bernie Ecclestone. I'm sure they could cut another highly coincidental and unreated deal before the election.

It doesn't take much investigation to discover the truth. Now, if only Reading had a Private Eye style satirical web site we'd know all this wouldn't we?

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