David Cameron can run, but he can’t hide from the stench of Tory sleaze.
The Prime Minister attempted to look like an ordinary guy when he jogged a mile for Sport Relief in front of the cameras.
However, we are more concerned about what Mr Cameron gets up to away from the public eye – when he meets the wealthy donors who bankroll the Conservatives.
The PR Premier was indignant after Peter Cruddas was caught boasting about how much Prime Ministerial influence can be bought by slipping the Tories £250,000.
But how much of that indignation was really because Mr Cruddas inadvertently gave voters a peek into the murky side of politics that all parties seek to conceal?
Mr Cameron’s protestations may have carried more weight had he not, in the Budget, cut income tax bills for wealthy Conservative donors while picking on the pensions of the elderly and slashing welfare.
The PM must reveal who he entertains privately in Downing Street, Chequers and the homes of well-heeled Tory supporters.
Democracy in Britain should never be sold to businessmen with fat cheque books.
The disclosure that meetings with the Prime Minister were being sold was a triumph of investigative journalism.
Classic detective work culminated in covert filming of a Tory bagman offering access for cash – outlining how foreign tycoons could influence decisions by our Government.
The public interest wholly justified the subterfuge. After all, a polite request for information would have probably prompted only a deceitful denial.
We congratulate The Sunday Times on a fantastic piece of journalism. And we respectfully remind those who’d gag Fleet Street that a free press is a cornerstone of democracy.
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