Perhaps undercover Sunday Times journalists are entitled to feel ripped off by the Tories’ disgraced former co-treasurer Peter Cruddas.
While £250,000 can get you one-to-one dinners with Dave at his Downing Street flat, the Conservative Party’s website is advertising dinners with the prime minister by committing to a donation of £50,000 per year:
The top donor clubs on the Tories’ website have names such as “Treasurer’s Group” and “Front Bench Club”, implying access to particular levels of the party. A donation of £25,000 per year opens the door to dinners with “senior figures”, while lesser donors (£5,000) will get lunch with Nicholas “Fatty” Soames.
Perhaps Cameron should have taken his own advice …
… he predicted in February 2010 that lobbying was “the next big scandal waiting to happen”.