Tories find a good day to release some bad news…

The World at One today is going to major on the Robinson crisis, which is great timing for the Tories to get the news out that Zac and Ben Goldsmith’s donation to the party was hidden in a bundle of others under the name of Unicorn Administration an intermediary company that helps run the finances of the super-rich… The Electoral Commission is to investigate… That Andy Coulson learned his trade well…

  • Drumlins Rock

    so almost 5 yrs ago a couple of multi billionaires give less than 40K to the tories, making it clear it came from them, some one made a mistake in the office and recorded it as the company it came through. They have made several similar donations since openly and according to the rules so there is surely no evidence of an attempt to hide anything? just a minor admin cockup so far as i can see, 40k is buttons to both parties in the scale of things and certainly would have no bearing on any decisions made.

  • Frustrated Democrat

    Donations are now subject to a high level of due diligence and I suspect all the parties are checkng out all their historic returns to make sure no errors remain that could be exposed during a General Election.

    This was not hiding a contribution it was misrecording its exact source and that error has been voluntarily disclosed.

    A mistake was made and has been publically corrected. It is now up to the Commission to decide if it needs to take action.

  • Wow! That was quick!

    The Tory apologising ever-ready bouncing bunnies are off the mark so smartly it arouses suspicion in itself.

    All of the excuses conveniently skate over some dodgy businesses:

    Why would, why should any political donation come gift-wrapped and under-the-counter from a faceless company? This, for example, would be an illegal practice in the USA.

    Why should the Goldsmith brothers and the Tory Party wish to disguise that the money was coming from ex-pat sources? D’Oh!: that one’s obvious.

    Another kind contributor in this shady deal was Motcomb Estates, a vehicle of one Robin Turner and the Reubens brothers. “Motcomb Estates is almost as much of an enigma as the Reubens themselves…” [pipl.com]. David and Simon Reuben, “billionaire businessmen who have built up interests ranging from property to retirement homes” [Independent 21 July 2007], were last seen losing £1.1bn on the purchase of retirement home builder, McCarthy & Stone, with backing from HBOS. One address for Motcomb Estates is 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP: so it wouldn’t be too big a stretch to deliver the brown envelopes to the Conservative Party, at 30 Millbank, London, SW1P 4DP. Moreover, if I read propertyweek.com [8 Nove 2002] Motcomb Estates are the landlords of Tory Party HQ.

    It really is a very small world.