CONSERVATIVE Party treasurer and chief paymaster, Lord Ashcroft, is the subject of a fascinating piece of reporting in today’s Sunday Times.
There’s plenty for the party’s critics to get their teeth into. To me, the most damaging quote is this:
He was initially blocked for a peerage, but was made a peer in 2000 on the condition that he would become resident in the UK and hence start paying British taxes.
To this day he has not said whether he has honoured that pledge.
And there’s the rub: if Ashcroft actually had lived up to his promise, and had become resident in Britain, he would surely have said so a dozen times before now, wouldn’t he?