Labour’s attempts to paint itself as ‘purer than pure’ really didn’t withstand much scrutiny. In his first four years in office Tony Blair appointed more peers than Mrs Thatcher managed in her entire 11-year tenure of Downing Street. And there was a startling similarity between the list of Labour’s major lenders and donors, and the lists of newly appointed knights and peers of the realm. It seemed to me that there was an overwhelming body of circumstantial evidence that Labour was – not to put too fine a point on it – selling peerages.
Saturday, 17 March 2007
House of Cronies
I came across this article by Angus MacNeil MP, in which he discusses his role in the "cash for peerages" affair: