Sunday, 2 September 2007

More Labour corruption?

I am disgusted by the latest revelations about this Labour government. You can read in today's Telegraph about how "Deborah Mattinson, the Prime Minister's favourite pollster" has a business, Opinion Leader Research (OLR), which "has won nearly £3 million worth of contracts across an astonishing array of government departments and agencies...Lucrative contracts were awarded to OLR by the Treasury and other departments overseen by Mr Brown while he was chancellor. The market research firm also received substantial contracts from the Department of Constitutional Affairs when it was led by Labour's deputy leader, Harriet Harman, a close friend of Miss Mattinson...Just months ago, OLR was paid nearly £800,000 by the Department for Work and Pensions to organise a forum to discuss pension policy. The Department for Education and Skills paid OLR £153,000 for a similar event in February..." Read the whole article to get a flavour of how a Labour supporting pollster can do "unpaid" work for the party and coincidentally obtain millions of pounds worth of work from the same government.

Now take a read of Guido Fawkes article on this matter which links this affair to the Sith Smith Institute and explains clearly how the arrangement works.

Now take a read of the comments at Guido Fawkes's site and digest some of the anger that this sort of New Labour sleaze is creating.

Now take a look at this previous article from Guido Fawkes on the Sith Institute affair.

So what is to be done?

An anonymous contributor to Guido Fawkes says "Why isn't this a big story? Narrative, I think. It took years, nine or ten, of incompetence and corruption at the heart of the Blairite establishment to hammer into the public (or at least media) consciousness that "sleaze" wasn't just a synonym for "Tory". Gordon Brown is Mr Probity. It will take years, I fear, for the message to get through that "sleaze" isn't just a synonym for "Blair"." I have blogged about the "narrative" before, it is the Main Stream Media that control the "narrative" and that means above all, the BBC. As I have blogged before, so many times, the BBC will support Gordon Brown by all possible means. The "project" must continue and succeed, nothing must be allowed to stand in its way.

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