Friday, July 21, 2006
Bow Group Says Blair Honours are Cheaper than Lloyd George's
Looks like another 'Sleazy Friday' for the government as John Prescott is about to hold his arm out for a slapped wrist from Sir Philip Mawer. Apparently the conclusions from his inquiry will be announced within the hour. All the news outlets report that Prescott will get a 'mild rebuke'. So that's alright then. I do not detect any sign that the media pack will try to force Prescott out because of this. I suspect they are waiting for the rich pickings he will provide them when he takes over from Blair in August. In some ways I can't blame them. If I were a newspaper editor with proof of another bimbo eruption it would be far more entertaining and a far bigger story to print it while he was in charge of the country.
ConservativeHome carries a full report of the Bow Group paper on how much honours have cost under Labour HERE. It's written by Chris Philp, the editor of the recent Bow Group book on the future of Conservatisim, Conservative Revival. The report is published today by The Bow Group, and is being sent to Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Yates, investigating Labour’s cash for honours scandal. It doesn't pull its punches. A large donor to the Labour Party is 1,657 times more likely to receive an honour than a non-donor. Large Labour donors are 9,955 times more likely to receive a Knighthood than anyone else and 1,549 times more likely to receive an OBE. As Chris Philp says...
Looking at these figures, it is very hard to avoid the conclusion that Labour has been blatantly selling honours and selling places in the House of Lords.
I am sure the eager beavers at Labour HQ will now be busy compiling the equivalent stats for the Conservatives and LibDems.