Saturday, December 01, 2007

Where does the money come from?

So who is David Abrahams? According to Wednesday's Guardian his father was Lord Mayor of Newcastle in the early 1980's and "built up an empire of rented housing, much of it of a standard which might now be called "sub-prime"...". Abrahams inherited this and in 1992 was convicted of "illegally evicting a tenant from a flat" (although the Guardian does not describe how this was accomplished).

So there we have it...local politics...."sub-prime" rented property....illegal evictions....

Of what does this remind you?

Then again, a letter in yesterday's Guardian by Peter Walker hit the nail right on the head. The Conservatives have received "hundreds of thousands of pounds" from "unincorporated associations" such as the Midlands Industrial Council (which donated £300,000) and Scottish Business Groups Focus on Scotland (which donated £200,000). Walker asks whether these bodies could possibly be "comprised of individuals who wish to hide their identity" (for whatever reason). Again, at the end of PMQ's on Wednesday a Labour backbencher (whom I couldn't identify) suggested that the internal enquiry (I know, calling it an enquiry is a joke) widen its remit to look at "the audit trail of the Ashcroft money".

Anyway that's all I have time for now. I have my domestic chores. Right now I'm off to the laundrette.


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