Sunday, March 18, 2007

Cash for Peerages, has it just got worse?

The reason why I ask is that I am in two minds about this report in today's Sunday Telegraph.

It reports on a letter sent by Sir Christopher Evans, Labour donor, lender and the man who had that note written in his diary talking of P's and K's.

The essence of the letter is that of course he talked money with Lord Levy, as that was hos job. They talked about a possible future role in politics for Sir Christopher Evans, in the Lords for example, what is wrong with that?

Legally it is difficult to tell. After all a jury will make the final decision if and when charges are brought. it will depend on whether the conversations amount to an inducement.

I do wonder if Sir Christopher has been as candid with the police. I do hope so or otherwise he can expect what I am sure will be an unwelcome visit.

What is certain though is that politically this is very damaging. Lord Levy is at the end of the day he money man. He has claimed to have had little or no role in nomination for peerages, (though the police may now want to ask supplementary questions) . Clearly that line is looking less tenable by the day.

Sir Chris and Lord Levy seem to feel they have been hung out to dry. The implication of that statement is that they will be bitter if that is the case. I wonder if charges will make them more talkative?

For more on the cash for peerages saga see here.


CityUnslicker said...

we can but hope, however it all depends if they are actually charged. They won't talk until then and this may never happen?

Benedict White said...

CityUnslicker, I suspect some charges may be laid.

If what is in the press is any indicator there looks to be a fair case for PCJ.