David Cameron speech JCB

Unexpectedly finding himself on the wrong side of a dividing line over party funding reform at PMQs, Cameron parroted his pre-prepared line about unions buying influence in the Labour Party. But here’s what multi-million donations to the Tories get you …

As Scrapbook reported at the time, the companies Cameron decided to mention in his keynote October 2011 party conference speech were instructive:

“The only British company to be namechecked in David Cameron’s conference speech hasdonated more than £4 million pounds to the Conservative Party in the last ten years, figures reveal. After citing a string of American firms based in the UK and alluding to manufacturing sectors, the only UK company to be mentioned by name was heavy vehicle manufacturer JCB.”

Could this citation have something to do with the £4,043,1919 in donations and loans of helicopters and private jets, donated by a JCB subsidiary controlled by Anthony Bamford, who was refused a peerage after HMRC raised concerns about his tax affairs?

Bamford was personally nominated for that peerage by Cameron who also wined and dined the donor … not in his private flat but within Number 10 itself.

  1. Labour’s rebuttal to accusations that their party is run by unelected unionist oligarchs: “David Cameron mentioned JCB in his conference speech”. Well, they’ve got us there…

  2. Pffffttttt,could the fact that Ca-Moron won’t stop the Wonga loan company from charging absolutely humungous interest,be anything to do with the fact that Wonga donate many millions every year to the Tories,he’s bitten off more than he can chew now.At least the unions are favoured by billions of workers,unlike Wonga who are hated by that number!! 1-0 Milliband! Bring it on inbreeds!

  3. “Unions are favoured by billions of workers” – would those be the same trade unions that have less than 6 million members and falling? Who still think that the union laws on secret ballots and secondary picketing should be repealed? Pfft to you too for such a silly comment.

    Wonga may be unpopular, but you seem to mistake Labour’s urge to limit the number of high street outlets for opposition to them. They are just as much in favour of them, just as they were in favour of banks like Northern Rock lending to sub-prime customers. Be assured that, if Labour win in 2015, Wonga will switch their money to support them – thus is the nature of political donations.

    Both sides need to sort their funding out, and pretending Milibland is somehow better for being more a Union stooge than a Wonga w*nker is missing the whole point.

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