And so the Michael Ashcroft show rolls on, despite attempts by the Tories to drive it off the news agenda. The release of new documents has seen William ‘Ague at last admit that he was wrong to pitch the idea that Ashcroft would pay “tens of millions of pounds in UK taxes”, but Master ‘Ague’s confident fielding of questions on Radio 4 this morning hasn’t stopped them coming.
Ashcroft’s peerage, it seems, was waved through while confusion over his “undertakings” reigned. There appeared to have been no-one in place to ensure that he had taken up residence in the UK. Of course, this could be a simple misunderstanding. But if it is not, the Tories could be deep in the brown smelly stuff.
Meanwhile, the Independent, against which Ashcroft has initiated legal action, has today reported that the Beeb, who have produced a Panorama programme about the Tory peer, have shelved transmission after apparently being leaned on by him. The thought occurs that the legal action to stop the programme might do the Tories more harm than letting the broadcast go ahead.
Expect more “non story” flannel around the Tory cheerleading elements in the blogosphere, which on current form looks like the web version of peeing into the wind.