Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Did Cherie Pay for the Hutton Report She Donated?

Cheriegate (that's the 2006 version - nothing to do with Peter Foster) took a new twist today when Telegraph journo Alice Thomson alleged in her column that not only did Cherie sign a copy of the Hutton Report for auction, she actually donated it to. If that is the case, who paid for it? Cherie - or us, the poor bloody taxpayer?

11 comments:

Nigel said...

Sign the petition at:

http://www.petitiononline.com/hutton/petition.html

Devil's Kitchen said...

Iain,

As I pointed out when this story first broke, the issue of who paid for the report is almost more pertinent than whether or not the whole thing was grossly insensitive.

If the Labour Party had not paid HMSO for the reports that have been auctioned, then they are not theirs to sell. If Cherie donated a copy that Toni had "liberated" from HMSO, it is still not theirs to sell.

The physical copies of the report belong to the taxpayer: if the Labour Party -- or their donors -- has not actually handed over £70 to the taxpayer (or their representative), they are effectively selling stolen goods.

So: have they paid?

DK

P.S. Got my copy of the book yesterday: very nice and informative (although, as a designer, I have mild issues with the typesetting. But that, when all's said and done, is just quibbling). Anyway, I know that my father has purchased a copy, having -- amongst other things -- seen it advertised in The Speccie bookclub.

Anonymous said...

Probably sponsored from The Loan Vault - no doubt commissions were skimmed from the Peerage Pot

Womble on Tour said...

I think I can take a shrewd guess. God, this stinks. It stinks of a contempt for the people of this country and an appalling abuse of power. I find it very depressing.

Poverty Is Thrift said...

Devil you do have a point,
even if the document had been discarded it still remains property of the crown and not the Labour party, let me make an analogy, if I were to put a skip outside my huge west London house and fill it with all my unwanted Piccassos and Henry Moore crap and leave it there for removal to a land fill site and Cherie were to walk past and help herself, she would be guilty of theft, even though I didn't want the stuff.
I need other things to occupy my mind,btw I have a nice v6 mondeo for sale if anybody is interested.

Poverty Is Thrift said...

PS
I bet when the Bailiffs finally turf this scum out of no 10/11 they take all the light bulbs with them.
David Cameron will probably leave a bunch of flowers, Champagne and a best wishes note for the new occupants.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps someone might ask Mr Blair how he might feel if a political party sought to profit from a report about the attempted suicide of a member of his family.

A wholly hypothetical example, of course.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps someone might ask Mr Blair how he might feel if a political party sought to profit from a report about the attempted suicide of a member of his family.

A wholly hypothetical example, of course.

nadders said...

Great news!

Cherie lead item on Sky 915 news synopsis and second lead on BBC at same time

All we need now is to find out that Cheries been shagging DPM and the fun is complete

David said...

The PM spokesman said it was nothing to do with him as it was a party matter and she is not a member of the government etc. So why is she given an armoured car etc when the troops in Basra don't have enough? She is either treated as 'wife of' or 'a member of the public' - she cannot chop and choice which she wants to be depending on how much money she can make!

tony flaig said...

This women appears to have utter contempt for those affected by the WMD scandal, now clearly politics is a pressured environment but what did she think she was doing signing an autograph book!


This behaviour is nothing less than dispicable, its an insult to the friends and families David Kelly and those service men and women who have serve in Iraq.

I think we all know that Cherie Blair is not barking bonkers mad, or an ageing bimbo so why can't she take accept that she's made a mistake apologise and try to regain some dignity.