Sunday, October 15, 2006

Guido looks the other way...

Has anyone else noticed the deafening silence from mega-bloggers Guido Fawkes and Iain Dale vis-a-vis the scandal of the secret funding of the Tories by the shadowy Midlands Industrial Council (apparently, if Cameron's admission that Constituency Campaigning Services at Coleshill Manor is "part of the Conservative Party" is accurate, in violation of the rules on party funding)? Iain Dale lists Guido as an "independent" blog, not a Tory one. My arse.


Blogger Iain Dale said...

it's not secret. Any donations are declared to the Electoral Commission. But you wouldn't want to say that would you as it doesn't quite fit into your view of the world, where all businesmen are corrupt and out to swindle political parties. Grow up.

1:40 pm  
Blogger politaholic said...

Neil Tweedie wrote in The Daily Telegraph (14/9/06) that: "The MIC was founded in 1946...It has been giving money to the Tories for 60 years but only since the introduction of the Act has its existence become more widely known. Between April 16, 2003, and March 14, 2006, the Conservative Party received 52 donations from the MIC totalling £968,690...Only three of its members are known: Sir Anthony Bamford, the head of the JCB tractor empire, the truck firm founder Chris Kelly and Robert Edmiston, the head of the car importer IM Group...Explaining why members' names did not appear on returns to the Electoral Commission, (David Wall, the Council's secretary) said: "No one can say precisely who that money has come from, therefore the MIC is described as the donor...".
That looks pretty secretive to me.

2:32 pm  
Blogger skipper said...

I agree that Guido, whilst being an uber blogger without doubt is not exactly without prejudice on the left-right spectrum, with the bias to the right. I also note many of his commenters seem to be sneering City types of the kind I tend not to associate with any party except the Blue Corner one.

6:34 pm  
Blogger skipper said...

PH Forgot to say well argued in your last comment. It definitely does seem secretive.

6:36 pm  
Blogger politaholic said...

Vis-a-vis many of the commenters on Guido's blog: "sneering City types" gets it to a "T", I think.

10:53 am  
Anonymous Michael Oakeshott said...

To be fair to Guido, he has always admitted a right bias, but is careful to point out that he is not pro-Tory, just anti-Labour. It is no secret.

4:19 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guido is not just anti-Labour, he's also anti-LibDem. Notice his continual obsession with Labour and LibDem donation troubles (the latter involving possible incompetence by party officials rather than criminal activity), but little or no mention of Tory donor woes.

6:43 pm  

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