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Lord & Paymaster

by | 20th, March 2006

”I’M bound to say not all the information is out yet, and we’re still looking at it.’ So says Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott in his customary obfuscating manner.

‘Sold to the man in the ermine coat’

But whatever more information needs to come to light, and whatever members of Labour’s national executive committee discuss when they meet tomorrow, how can it be that Tony Blair thought accepting loans from people who wanted to be members of the House of Lords would not look iffy?

Especially those loans to the party totalling £4.75 million made by four businessmen who were all subsequently nominated for awards.

The House of Lords’ Appointment Committee has blocked all four nominations, but damage has been done. As the Telegraph says, a poll for the Sunday Telegraph showed that 70 per cent of voters now thought Blair’s Government was as “sleazy” as John Major’s “or sleazier”.

The paper also notes how a poll in the Sunday Times showed that 56 per cent thought Mr Blair had given peerages for money.

And this is hardly the first time money has made the Blair Government look grubby. The Guardian looks back at “A history of sleaze”. It notes that Formula One ringmaster Bernie Ecclestone once gave £1million to Labour “in return for

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