Another desperate Times headline

This is it: ‘Lib Dems accused over donor link to company in offshore tax haven’

The report continues:

The Liberal Democrats have been accused of hypocrisy after The Times discovered that the party’s biggest business donor is controlled by a company in an offshore tax haven.

Alpha Healthcare, a residential homes firm which gave the party £125,000 this year, is ultimately run by Harberry Investments in the British Virgin Islands.

This week the Lib Dem conference suggested a clampdown on the use of offshore companies as part of action on tax loopholes for the super-rich.

So, let me get this straight… The Lib Dems propose a policy which could hit hard one of our biggest donors, and this is somehow regarded as hypocrisy? Surely hypocrisy would be changing the party’s policy because of a big donation – y’know, like the Tories and Labour frequently do.

Would the party have been hypocritical accepting a donation from a higher-rate taxpayer at the last election, given our then policy to increase the top-rate of tax to 50%?

In the weird, distorted world of the right-wing Times, apparently yes.

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4 Comments

  • Geoffrey Payne 21st Sep '07 - 5:44pm

    I think Stephen is right and as far as the comments from Guildo Fawkes are concerned it would be pointless for the Liberal Democrats to apply rules to themselves that no one else does, and put themselves at a disadvantage in so doing.
    Fundamentally the system of party funding is unfairly biased against the Liberal Democrats anyway, and this is one of these stories that reinforces the need for the Lib Dem policy for state funding of political parties.

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