If you believe today’s “Telegraph” headline, then Gordon Brown will be dreading the New Year. Sources have revealed to the paper that criminal charges will be made with regard to the David Abrahams “Donorgate” affair. Unlike the Cash For Honours fiasco that lasted nearly 15 months, this scandal has been done and dusted in weeks, with files already on their way to the CPS. The main suspect appears to be Peter Watt, ex Party General Secretary, and considered by many to be the “man in the know”. What he actually did know has been kept pretty much under lock and key, but the police appear to have fathomed out in record time the circumstances that led to Abrahams adopting a serious of non de plume to hide his identity.
With the Inland Revenue, the Electoral Commission and the Metropolitan Police all interested in this affair, Brown must be praying that all the evidence is put on a disc, popped in the post and never seen again.
It is highly probable that he may be the second modern day serving PM to be spoken to by the police with regard to financial irregularities, with the previous incumbent also being a Labour leader.
Pretty much sums up the last 10 years doesn’t it?