The Labour Party has accepted £608,975 from a very dodgy property developer named David Abrahams. The General Secretary Peter Watt rightly fell on his sword, but the claims that Watt was the ONLY person that knew about this, and that the money had been fenced via third parties, is frankly risible and an insult to the intelligence of us, the rank and file of the Party, plus the British People.
Anyone with even a smattering of knowledge concerning the working of the Party will know that it’s just complete bollocks being spoken from the top today and if this were the Tories, we would be jumping up and down with cries of; “corruption”.
It isn’t of course, although the mere fact that this even crossed my mind for even a second is very depressing.
Abrahams wanted to buy influence. And it worked as Brown admits to having been introduced to the man. What was said? Surely it was mentioned that he was a donor? Why did he get to be in the front row at the Leadership Conference? Why did he give money to Harman and she never asked where it came from?
A local newspaper reports that his tenants knew Abrahams -a private landlord – by another name, David Martins, under which he also held company directorships.
Abrahams said he used the separate name for his business activities at the behest of his late father, who wanted his son’s success to be "independent of the family name".
To compound the local party’s doubts, a woman then alleged that Abrahams had persuaded her to pose as his wife at a selection meeting when he attempted to secure a nomination to stand for Parliament.
Anthea Bailey said she and her 11-year-old son, had pretended to be his family as a "business arrangement" to enable him to create "the right impression".
It is reported that Abrahams’ multimillion-pound business park development at Bowburn in County Durham was initially blocked by the Highways Agency because of a blanket ban on further development beside the congested A1.
But in October last year the agency lifted the ban on the development – and a separate one near Newton Aycliffe further south.
Douglas Alexander, a close confidant of Brown, was Transport Secretary at the time.
The Media will slaughter us for this.
It is completely and utterly unacceptable, and added to the Northern Rock fiasco, the database mess up last week and the general state of paralysis in the wake of the Election That Never Was, we will lose the next election, and deservedly so as we are becoming guilty of the very things (inertia, economic, incompetence and sleaze) that saw the Tories swept from office in 1997.