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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Horses for courses

Today's Observer gives an interesting glimpse into the sort of government that David Cameron may lead with speculation that billionaire Tory donor Lord Ashcroft may be given a top foreign policy role in a future Conservative government. The source of this sopeculation is that he has accompanied the shadow foreign secretary to key meetings overseas.

The paper says that the peer, who pumps millions of pounds into marginal seats but refuses to say whether he pays tax in Britain, is flying William Hague around the world and went with him on his recent trip to the US, during which Hague met Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, and other key US figures.

Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Lord Oakeshott sums up the views of many of us when he says that Ashcroft's role is a matter of deep concern and shows that Cameron's claims to be promoting transparency at all levels of the Conservative party were "bogus".

"Why is Lord Ashcroft at the heart of Hague's discussions in the US? The shadow foreign secretary taking a free trip on Ashcroft Airways is distasteful enough. But having Lord Ashcroft as a key player is worse. Refusing to say whether he pays full British taxes and his extreme anti-European views should disqualify him from any government position."
All parties do it, the problem with the Lib Dem's they are never in power. Labour have given donors the honour of being called sir, others have had jobs which in the end returned the money they have donated.

Its a shame which is why I do not bother walking to the polling stations anymore.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have, of course been in power, as have the Scottish Lib Dems. If you are unhappy with the choices facing you then you should stand yourself. That is what I did and it is the only way to maintain a healthy democracy.
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