By Dr Matthew Ashton
Regardless of how David Cameron and the Conservatives might try to dress up the donation row, there is no getting round the fact that this is a huge scandal for the party.
You have the treasurer of the Conservative party, Peter Cruddas, on tape talking to two undercover reporters and making some pretty serious claims about what they can get in return for donations. While it has to be made clear that no laws were broken because no money changed hands, anyone watching or listening to it would certainly get the impression that there was something wrong. Reading the transcript, there are at least four points that stick out as being problematic.
Firstly is the fact that Cruddas does seem to be making the argument that if you give money you'll get special access to the prime minister. Also that it has to be a pretty sizeable donation in order to get that access. Sums as large as £200,000 and £250,000 are bandied about. In a democracy like ours, even the suggestion thatRead More »from Donation scandal reveals staggering Tory incompetence