Posted by dizzy @ 5:56 am on November 30th 2007

From crisis to police investigation – the Government is falling apart

Dear Merkins,

I’m ever so sorry that it has taken so long for me to write this letter but unfortunately politics has run away with itself in the UK. Once upon a time a Conservative Prime Minister called Harold Macmillan, when pressed about why his best intentions had been thwarted uttered the now timeless words, “EVENTS DEAR BOY! – EVENTS!”. For it is events that will get you in politics not necessarily your policy.

This is a lesson that the current Prime Minister Gordon Brown is now learning to his cost. When he rowed back from the General Eleection fever and said he wanted to set out his “vision” a month or so ago it was a bad moment for him, but the next six weeks were key to his future. If events went his way then he would be alright, if they didn’t he would be…. well he would be screwed.

And ‘Lo, it came to pass. Six weeks of plague upon the House of Labour and the House of Brown. It began with the news that the Government’s figures on the number of immigrants entering the country were below reality by hundreds of thousands. They corrected them. Then it transpired that their correction was still wrong. They corrected it again.

Then last week it was revealed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer (the Finance Minister and considered Number Two) that Her Majestys Revenue and Customs (the IRS) had copied 25 million records from a database onto a cd, including names, addresses, childrens names and bank details and popped it in the post. The cd never arrived. A strike at the heart of the very competence of Government at a time when identity theft and fraud is ever increasing.

Could it get any worse? Well it did this last weekend. A stroy broke saying that the Labour Party of which the Prime Minister leads had accepted over $1 million dollars in donations from a businessman through secret intermediaries. This action is a criminal offence under the very law created by the Labour Government a few years previously. The General Secretary of the Labour party resigned when he admitted he knew about it, and they hoped that was the end of it.

But in the last few days the plot thickened ever so slighty. It transpired that the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman had accepted money from the same intermediary for her deputy leadership election campaign. Last night she made a statement saying that Downing Street aides from the Prime Minister’s personal campaign pointed her in the direction of the intermediary – the “if I’m going down I’m taking others with me” strategy for all to see.

A few hours earlier to her statement the Evening Standard newspaper ran a story implicating the Prime Minister’s chief fundraiser as someone involved in a cover-up of secert donations even though he had publicly said the opposite. Legal threats were made and the paper stood by its story saying its source was good.

Who could the source be? Well late yesterday afternoon I learned that a prominent Parliamentary supporter of the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party was seen dining withthe journalist that wrote the story in a very expensive restaurant in Westminster the previous night. The briefing circus had clearly come alight and the knives were not only being sharpened but stabbed in the backs of colleagues in the hope of taking some other out at the same time.

As the evening progressed, the Electoral Commission (who monitor donations) said that they had passed the matter to the Police. The Police then made a statement that a full-scale investigation into Downing Street and the Labour Party would begin. Less than a few months since the Police were knocking on the door of Downing Street to interview Blair about the possible sales of seats in the Upper House they would be knocking again about dodgy donation in what is now becoming known as “Donorgate”.

The crisis for the Government is now unrolling at a pace that even experienced journalists as saying is extraordinary. New revelations are appearing thick and fast. Late last night another deputy leadership contender and member of the Cabinet, Peter Hain, admitted that he received a donation from the man from Downing Street implicated in a cover-up and failed to register it. The Government is quite simply falling apart.

I shall bring you more news soon.

Yours excited and amused,



  1. Honestly, I have been to the BNP web site and listened to some audio and video clips, and really can’t see anything that outrageous.

    They seem pretty mainstream to me.

    Also, every article I read on immigration in UK papers is followed by a string of comments complaining about immigration.

    Why can’t the BNP be legit? What views or positions do they hold that are outside the bounds of reasonable dialog?

    Comment by daveg — 11/30/2007 @ 10:31 am

  2. That’s not off-topic at all now is it. The BNP are legitimate. They are a registered political party that stand in election and get very few votes because they’re white power socialists.

    Comment by dizzy — 11/30/2007 @ 10:46 am

  3. Where the hell did the BNP discussion come from? I’m already severely disadvantaged in trying to understand the scope of this story, and then you throw in “white power socialists”?

    Back to the point: Dizzy, can you give us yanks a feel for how big of a scandal is this in terms of public perception, how much is it or will it resonate? Perhaps a comparative example. Bigger than Plame/Libby-Gate?

    Comment by Jack — 11/30/2007 @ 10:58 am

  4. Good Times.

    Nothing I like more than the misery of men in power. Their tears make me happy..

    Comment by Mark — 11/30/2007 @ 10:59 am

  5. Jack, I am of course horribly biased being a Tory and all, but this is huge and defintely on the scale of Libby-gate. Gordon brown has alread admitted the law was broken, the guy who has so far resigned is looking at 12 months in jail. The Police are going to be knocking on the door of number ten. Only one PM has ever been interviewed by the police in a criminal investigation and he was in Annapolis this week, now his successor will be.

    This morning the donor that has been concealing claimed he has met Brown many time. Brown says he cannot recall it. If a photo is found it could be bad. Harriet Harman the deputy leader (notional Vice President) could be charged in a criminal court over the donation. So yes, it’s pretty big.

    Comment by dizzy — 11/30/2007 @ 11:14 am

  6. Because the two leading parties don’t seem to serve the English people very well and this type of corruption is a symptom.

    Why do you say “white power”? What exactly does this mean and where do they say it?

    Comment by daveg — 11/30/2007 @ 11:23 am

  7. I too am baffled where the BNP comments are from. But, as I understand the party, BNP is against immigration because the are white nationalists that believe in the inherant inferiority of anyone that isn’t Anglo-Saxon.

    Comment by Mark — 11/30/2007 @ 11:38 am

  8. Daveg, the BNP’s website is, surprisingly, not entirely representative of the reality of the party. I know, it’s shocking.

    In other news, great stuff, Dizzy. Tony Blair has handed Gordon Brown a handful of excrement. I bet Gordon’s glad he waited so long for this. Not.

    Comment by Adam — 11/30/2007 @ 11:59 am

  9. because the [BNP] are white nationalists that believe in the inherant inferiority of anyone that isnít Anglo-Saxon.


    If this is true, fine. But I have not seen evidence of this.

    Comment by daveg — 11/30/2007 @ 2:12 pm

  10. I am not about to access the BNP website from here, so I can’t check to see if it has the policy positions ascribed to the BNP (as quotes) on the wikipedia page on the BNP. Nick Griffin has done a pretty successful job in toning down the old psuedo-nazi rhetoric of the BNP, but he’s pretty clear (as you can see from some of his speeches on youtube) that this is done for political value (no one is going to take people questioning the holocaust all that seriously).

    I am not sure that they’ve moved far from their roots and they would have to move a really long way from their roots to not be a bunch of racist scumbags (sufficiently far that I don’t understand why they’d keep the very tarnished ‘BNP’ name); membership of the BNP is restricted to those who are ‘racially’ British or European, which means that it’s a party that refuses to have members who aren’t white, in effect. That, in itself, is pretty bothersome.

    Comment by Adam — 11/30/2007 @ 2:28 pm

  11. Let’s get back to the weirdness of what’s befalling Gordon Brown, though. Jesus wept.

    Comment by Adam — 11/30/2007 @ 5:35 pm

  12. Adam is right, let’s keep this discussion on topic. For instance, how will the Donorgate effect the tube lady? I sense a marked, dare I say convenient, willingness on Dizzy’s part to leave this aspect of the scandal uncovered.

    Comment by Jack — 11/30/2007 @ 6:41 pm

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