despite the dodgy video (watch here)
Cameron asked Tory peer (aptly named) Lord Gold to start an internal inquiry into the scandal – that was in 2012. A freedom of information request has been put in to access the results of the inquiry because since we’re now in 2015 it should be ready.
Sadly though Lord Gold has links with Lord Feldman, the co-chairman of the Conservative Party, who is in charge of fundraising and was responsible for hiring Mr Cruddas so we shouldn’t expect this report to reveal much if it does exist.
The thing is we know Tory donors are granted favours in return for their money. There are many examples of this. Tory donors Adrian Beecroft and Sir Anthony Bamford called for business taxes and workers’ rights to be slashed in dossiers for the PM – and as you know both things were done.
In 2012 the Tory leadership invited Beecroft to draw up Tory employment policy for them. What Beecroft came back with was nothing short of a corporate wishlist of pro-business anti-worker regulations, including proposals to introduce sack-at-will legislation, to restrict access to unfair dismissal claims and slash awards that are made to those that are not excluded entirely, to create immunity from prosecution for employers that hire illegal immigrants and to remove carry-over legislation to allow new owners of businesses to rid themselves of long established workers.
Tory donor and Carpetright founder Philip Harris has been using his pseudo-charity Harris Academies to hoover up state schools and convert them into academies.
Tory donor Stanley Fink was given a seat in the House of Lords by David Cameron in 2011. As a director of several financial institutions, Fink has benefited from the Conservative refusal to regulate the City of London in the wake of the financial sector meltdown as well as gaining from other Tory policies such as their huge cuts in corporation tax and their reduction of the top rate of income tax.
Fink is a hedge fund manager with an estimated fortune of £120 million. He has donated over £2.6 million to the Tories over the years. After Peter Cruddas was forced to resign over the “cash for influence” scandal, Fink took over as Tory party treasurer.
In 2013 David Cameron gave Tory donor John Nash a seat in the House of Lords and immediately made him a government minister with responsibility for overseeing the development of the new national curriculum. This is a classic example of the anti-democratic nature of the House of Lords. If the Prime Minister of the day wants to appoint one of his cronies as a government minister, there is no need to seek any kind of electoral approval, the guy can just be parachuted into the House of Lords and appointed a government minister. Do we really want to see party donors parachuted into the House of Lords and gifted responsibility for deciding what our kids are taught in school?
Cameron gave Tory donor Dolar Popat a seat in the House of Lords and then he was appointed as a government minister.
Let’s pretend we didn’t know about cash for peerages. Are we really expected to believe that Cameron’s dinner guests who pay a minimum fee of £50,000 per year to Cameron in order to be members do so without wanting anything in return?