Socialist Worker

How the rich got their money's worth

Issue No. 2296

What sort of perks can a “premier league” donor look forward to?

  • Michael Spencer boasted that he had been told by key figures in the government that a proposed financial transaction tax would be vetoed by ministers.
  • Adrian Beecroft has given well over half a million pounds to the Tories since 2006. He lobbied Cameron on workers’ rights and no-fault dismissal and even got to write a report on it.
  • Ian Taylor, whose oil firm was given government help to set up a £600 million oil deal in Libya, was a private dinner guest of Cameron at Downing Street in November.
  • Lord Ashcroft, who has given the Tories almost £5 million since Cameron took over, has campaigned for a new runway for the remote island of St Helena.

    The government last year announced it was building one—at a cost of at least £64 million.


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