Cameron remains silent on dinner party guestlist – what does he have to hide?

David Cameron is contiuning to keep secret his Downing Street dinner party guestlist today, as questions continue to mount over the "Cash for Cameron" scandal.

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David Cameron is contiuning to keep secret his Downing Street dinner party guestlist today, as questions continue to mount over the “Cash for Cameron” scandal.

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Labour stepped up the pressure this morning, and will try and force a minister to appear before Parliament today and explain why the Tory co-treasurer, Peter Cruddas, was recorded boasting of the access a donor could buy for £250,000 – and all this coming in the week the Tories unveiled their millionaire’s budget, with a headline cut in the top rate of tax.

Last night, Ed Miliband said:

“There needs to be a proper independent investigation into what influence was sought, what influence was gained and what impact it had.

“The independent investigation should look at what happened at the Downing Street policy unit, because apparently offers were made or cash was paid so that the people donating money would be able to have access to it. I think people are bound to ask questions about whether policy is being made in the national interest or the Conservative Party’s interest.

“That’s why these allegations are so serious.”

Tory minister Francis Maude, however, tried to brush the scandal off as “a bit of a nonsense” on the Today Programme, even going so far as to claim:

“We’ve always been very open… there’s no secret about it. You can join the leader’s group… The fact is that all prime ministerial meetings are disclosed… People will put forward ideas, whether they’re donors or not.

“What’s being alleged here is that you can buy influence, you can buy policy, and that’s simply not the case.”

That is to say, all meetings except those the government is attempting to keep secret – the dinners, held by the prime minister in Downing Street, “private suppers” in his “private space”, which he’s just so happened to spend £2 million of taxpayers’ money doing up.

 


See also:

Party funding reform could be a blessing in disguise for Labour 22 Nov 2011

Clegg attacks Labour/union link – but keeps schtum on Tory/City links 21 Sep 2011

Coalition’s party funding cap plans would be bad for our democracy 30 Aug 2011

Tory dependence on City money should come as no surprise 9 Feb 2011

More evidence of big donor culture shows urgent need for party funding reform 10 Feb 2011

Who runs the Tory party – Cameron or his rich donors? 26 Nov 2010

Party funding reform: Why the cap may not fit 18 Oct 2010


 

As the links above show, Tory reliance on the exceedingly rich, City fat cats, bankers and billionaires who’ll all benefit from George Osborne’s budget, comes as little surprise, and has been growing since David Cameron became leader. With each passing day, the impression that this is a Tory government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich becomes ever more entrenched.

And with it emerging today that one of those high up the “Premier Leauge” Tory donor list is Adrian Beecroft, who has proposed slashing workers’ rights – an idea enthusiastically backed by Cameron and Osborne – the idea the super rich can buy government policies with their cash, coming on top of the 50p tax cut, will become harder for the Tories to rebut.

 


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31 Responses to “Cameron remains silent on dinner party guestlist – what does he have to hide?”

  1. Kyron Hodgetts

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  2. Martin Steel

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  3. TheBiPolarBearMD

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  4. Selohesra

    Has Ed published the guest list from his Roland Rudd dinner yet or is their a faint whiff of hypocracy here?

  5. Shamik Das

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  6. Andreas Baader

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  7. Martin Steel

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  8. Alice in Blunderland

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  9. Nemesis Republic

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  10. Tristram Wyatt

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  11. Annmonty

    Is this where the UK is heading, or possibly are we already there? http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/26/creepy-cronyism/

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  14. Anonymous

    Is Ed the Prime Minister? Or any cabinet minister?

    Special pleading on your part.

  15. Selohesra

    Here we go its my psycho stalker again – actually I think its wrong for Dave, I think its wrong for Ed & I think its wrong from the Blair years.

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  17. Anonymous

    I don’t believe you for a second, troll. Were you one of the people involved? THAT I’d find believable.

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  19. Kevin Richards

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  20. Ed's Talking Balls

    Dissent will not be tolerated.

  21. Ed's Talking Balls

    I’m glad you clarified this. There’s no point in Maude banging on about Labour – the whole population must surely know by now that Labour is rife with sleaze. Hypocrisy is a pointless charge: you might as well call Wayne Rooney a chav.

    This stinks whole affair stinks and it’s an entirely Conservative problem.

  22. Anonymous

    Darn straight the government can’t tolerate it!

  23. Selohesra

    I enjoy my little chats with Fruitcake9 – its the main reason I come here

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  25. Anonymous

    So you admit you come here to troll? Right. You have nothing to offer except bile and spite.

  26. Selohesra

    You just can’t help yourself can you – bite every time!

  27. Anonymous

    No, unlike you I am not rabid and don’t “bite”.

  28. Selohesra

    And he bites again – do you never learn?

  29. Anonymous

    Ah right responding to your rabid venom somehow makes me a bad person. So you think that you should be free to propagandise at will without anyone responding.

    Typical far right, feral 1% bullshit.

  30. Selohesra

    Crunch 🙂

  31. Anonymous

    Yes, I’m sure you do support one of the most expensive ways to work, which badly impacts the lives of workers.

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