Sunday, 27 January 2008

Johnson - pleasure at Lib Dem Response

There but for the grace of god go I must the non atheist MPs be saying today over the supposed Alan Johnson "scandal".

As far as I can see Mr X didn't want to be associated directly with funding the campaign so he asked Brother Y to give the money instead. Y was a legitimate donor and campaign Z having checked him out made the formal declarations.

For the Mail on Sunday to cry sleaze is I have to say a bit over the top this wasn't a deliberate ploy by the campaign to hide donations it was an act of deception on the part of an individual against a member of parliament.

Of course the time is ripe for reform of the party funding system part one reform that I am sure will get cross party backing is the creation of a new offence of paying a proxy to make a declarable donation under the PPERA legistation to an individual party or campaign

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