Over the last two years Guido Fawkes (with a walk on part by yours truly) has taken the Smith Institute to task over its role as a cheerleader for Gordon Brown. Last month the Charity Commission released its extremely critical report of the Institute. Guido reports today that Lord Haskel, its chairman has resigned, its Director Wilf Stevenson has resigned and that it has moved out of its New Statesman home. For all intents and purposes, it has ceased to be.
Of course, I am sure that all these three things are unconnected with the Charity Commission's findings are entirely coincidental. At least, that is the Smith Institute's apologists will claim.
Guido is claiming victory. It's hard to disagree with him.
UPDATE: Chris Grayling has just issued a press statement: “There have been a number of serious allegations made about the relationship between Gordon Brown and the Smith Institute. The fact that two of its most senior figures have resigned in the wake of the Charity Commission report suggests something was seriously amiss. There’s already been a complaint to the Electoral Commission about the Prime Minister’s links with the Institute. That complaint now needs to be fairly investigated.”