What's next for Cruddas? I'm no criminal lawyer but it makes one wonder if soliciting donations from a rich foreign investor with the promise of influencing government policy is illegal. I would probably think it is, even if the he in question was 'just bragging' which is the current line from Number 10.
Certainly, after watching the tapes, Cruddas seems like he's no stranger to ferrying large amounts of cash via some pretty well-organised schemes - sounds like a job for the boys in blue. And yet, we're apparently getting an 'independent review' from the inappropriately-named Conservative peer, Lord Gold, all of which stinks like a cat on fire.
Why partial disclosure? We are told at Chequers they never really check anything or anyone. Although one would hope that at the country home of one of the most powerful men on the planet they might keep a record of who dropped by and for what purpose.
If Cameron doesn't come clean he faces two problems; 1) Partial disclosure suggests some degree of villainy took place and 2) Journalists have the scent now - and will always pursue a juicy scoop. Some kind of truth will be found, someone will let slip or a story, like so many promises, will simply be bought. At which point the Tory brand receives a fresh diet of battery acid.
Who works the Tory HR? Because they need to be fired as of two years ago. Wealthy people often have pretty nasty friends but David Cameron seems to have the entire circus of evil dancing around Downing Street on an almost fortnightly basis.
From Rebekah Brooks to Peter Cruddas, Coulson to Philip Green chances are if you've had a caricature with you licking Beelzebub over the lake of fire you've probably been associated with the Cammers crew at some point.
Crucially both Cruddas and Coulson have both been in the employment of Mr Cameron. He may have some pretty ghoulish buddies, but it's his own staff that keep causing him the biggest headaches.
Will they kick this into the long grass? The direct association between money, access and policy is so immensely graphic in the Cruddas tape it's sickening.
Suggesting prices and levels of access both 'Premier League' and Vauxhall conference completely undermines the idea of democracy for all. Kick this into the long grass and a party's electoral chances will be straight behind.
Something will need to change because of this and combined with the Werrity scandal, makes it seem like the Tory party is government for sale. The kind of accusations which won't just go away.
Lib Dems - Where are you? Labour and the Tories know how to put the boot in and/or twist the knife when the going gets tough - games the Lib Dems might be advised to play.
Liberal Democrats have been leading the way in encouraging greater political transparency and raising the "who funds what party" debate for nearly a decade - they shouldn't be afraid to point at the Tories and say 'I Told you so'.
Don't turn down political capital when you get it - Westminster isn't for the silent types.
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