Lord Ashcroft

The Lib Dems keep ‘em guessing

18 March 2010 12:21

Last week, Nick Clegg was singing the blues.  But, this week, it’s clear that he’s doing as much as possible to distinguish his party from the others.  Indeed, his performance… Continue reading


The Tories and Lord Ashcroft – stupidity rather than wrongdoing?

18 March 2010 9:12

So the Lord Ashcroft story is back on the airwaves, courtesy of a document leaked to the BBC.  That document shows William Hague was "satisfied" with the discussions about Ashcroft’s… Continue reading


For the workers?

17 March 2010 9:05

One of the defences that Labour types are mustering over Unite is, bascially, that it’s better to be funded by a body which represents some two million workers than by… Continue reading


The Tory campaign is getting back on track

16 March 2010 17:59

Whisper it quietly, but there is a sense that the Tory campaign is getting back on track. The Tories have had three good days in a row, have Labour on… Continue reading


At last, the Tories get organised

12 March 2010 10:49

Three weeks ago, James argued that the Tories’ incoherence emanated from their disjointed campaign management. Steve Hilton, Andy Coulson, George Osborne and George Bridges were not communicating and the stark… Continue reading


Tornado in the chamber

10 March 2010 15:04

It was like a volcano going off. At PMQs today Cameron was calmly dissecting the prime minister’s underfunding of the Afghan war when he quoted two former defence chiefs who’d… Continue reading


The Tories will have waves of dirt thrown at them

10 March 2010 13:01

If you want a flavour of what is going to be thrown at the Tories between now and May 6th, read Jonathan Freedland’s column today. Freedland has a fair point… Continue reading


A well-timed change of heart from Lord Paul?

9 March 2010 10:32

Previously, there were rumblings that Lord Paul was considering quitting the Lords to keep his non-dom status. Today, he has confirmed that he will end his non-dom status and remain… Continue reading


Guess what Miliband and Mandelson are going on about…

8 March 2010 9:04

Fourteen years on from "education, education, education," Labour seems to have hit upon three new priorities for government: "Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft".  Sure, we all knew that they would push this… Continue reading


Cameron Must Show a Ruthless Streak

7 March 2010 8:53

There is an excellent piece on the Ashcroft affair from Martin Ivens in the Sunday Times today. He quotes a member of Team Cameron: "Why didn’t David just take Ashcroft… Continue reading


Any fallout that the Tories face over Ashcroft is of their own making

4 March 2010 16:08

Although the heat seems to be coming off Lord Ashcroft himself, attention is now rapidly focussing on the Tory leadership.  I mean, it was one thing when William Hague admitted… Continue reading


Ashcroft in the clear?

4 March 2010 12:39

The Beeb were reporting it an hour or so ago, but now it’s been confirmed: the Electoral Commission has cleared the Tories and Lord Ashcroft of any wrongdoing over £5.1… Continue reading


Hague gives Hattie a PMQs kicking

3 March 2010 15:37

Brown bunked off PMQs today, claiming a prior luncheon engagement with President Zuma of South Africa. Downing Street blamed the Queen for double-booking the PM. Can that be true? The… Continue reading


Labour will relish this opportunity to prolong the Ashcroft story

3 March 2010 11:27

When Gordon Brown pulled out of PMQs this week because of Jacob Zuma’s state visit there was much chortling that he didn’t much fancy PMQs. But I suspect that Labour… Continue reading


Labour’s pursuit of Ashcroft could backfire

2 March 2010 12:18

I wrote yesterday that Lord Ashcroft’s statement about his tax status should have drawn a "rather neat line under the issue".  Sure, it’s hardly ideal that someone with such influence… Continue reading


Are the Tories over the worst of the wobble?

1 March 2010 16:45

We are expecting at least one poll tonight, the YouGov tracker, and I think there will be one other. If these polls show the Tories ahead by six—a level that… Continue reading


Lord Ashcroft confirms his tax status

1 March 2010 9:30

Lord Ashcroft has just released a statement admitting that he’s a non-dom, and suggesting that he’ll soon become a full UK taxpayer.  Here’s the key passage: "My precise tax status… Continue reading


Ashcroft has unleashed hell in the marginals

24 February 2010 10:40

Alistair Darling’s sudden and poetic ejaculation is sure evidence that the government is a rabble of warring tribes. Against such opponents, the Tories should win, and win big. Daniel Finkelstein… Continue reading


Ashcroft returns fire but the ‘scandal’ rolls on

14 February 2010 14:48

Lord Ashcroft looks like a man not to cross and he will do anything to protect his privacy. He faces down criticism with complete silence, patient before turning on his detractors. According… Continue reading


Unless they defuse the issue, the Tories will face Ashcroft questions every day until the election

16 December 2009 17:18

If PMQs today showed anything, it’s just how eager the Tories’ opponents are to bring up the issue of Lord Ashcroft.  Vince Cable set the ball rolling by referring to… Continue reading


Cameron and Ashcroft should come clean

7 December 2009 9:04

David Cameron’s ‘nothing to do with me guv’ response to the Ashcroft tax question on yesterday’s Politics Show has not put the issue to bed. In fact, his obfuscation has… Continue reading


Is it Possible to Have a Twit-Scoop?

5 November 2009 10:07

I was interested to see the Observer story at the weekend about Lord Ashcroft accompanying William Hague to Washington.  I tweeted this on October 23rd. I even teased Iain Dale… Continue reading


Until Ashcroft is clear about his tax status, the press will make a mountain out of everything he does

1 November 2009 11:55

I have long thought that the secrecy surrounding Lord Ashcroft’s tax affairs is a strategic liability for the Conservative party. The Conservatives should be able to say if their party… Continue reading


Why is Lord Ashcroft so important to David Cameron?

23 February 2009 23:55

The Conservative Party’s reliance on Michael Ashcroft has always mystified me. How a once great political party has allowed itself to become quite so dependent on one man, I will… Continue reading