It has emerged this week that some (clearly a bit dotty) pensioner left some £500,000 to whoever is in government“. Now when I first heard that line, I assumed it meant the money went to the treasury (as is normal when someone leaves money to the state). But then I learnt that the lib dems and tories had simply pocketed it and put it into party coffers. How out of touch can you get? I mean even the Daily Mail is furious (though no doubt theyll blame the mistake on Nick Clegg!)
Inevitably theyve since backtracked, realising it looks, as one labour member put it dodgy as hell. Theyve tried to blame the executors of the will itself (whats the bet one of them turns out to be a Tory party supporter?) for misleading them. However the very fact that they divided the money on the basis of party membership hints that there was some level of actual discussion at senior party level as to what to do with this cash, which presumably must have involved some queries as to what the will actually said and if it didnt then its yet another example of bungling amateurish government at work.
Indeed I would point to my earlier statement, it should have been blindingly obvious what this lady meant. If shed wanted it to go to the Tories/lib dems Im sure shed have said as much in the will. Clearly she was bequeathing it to the nation. But instead they stood by slack jawed as a lawyer forced the money into their hands. And then, under duress they had to sit down and decide how to divvy it up. And if you believe that Ive got some magic beans to sell you!
I mean I know the Tories/lib dems are running scared and desperate for cash, given that opinion polls show theres a good change of them being beaten by (of all people) Ed Miliband 88|. But picking the pockets of pensioners aint up there with a strategy for winning friends and influencing people.
Not least because it suggests the Tories (and increasingly the lib dems) see no difference between “public money” (that’s our money from our taxes) and their personal wealth.