Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Tactical Briefing

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

Tactical Briefing

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From: The Unit

To: GB

Subject: Funding/Ray

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* Another pretty good week. Only lost one cabinet minister. Couple of mini funding scandals. But after the reshuffle think there's a strong and not at all weary sense in the party of another Fresh Start.

* On funding, think we need to make absolutely sure that all, and we mean all, skeletons are thoroughly out of the cupboard. Totally.

* However, we strongly feel we shouldn't rush to judgement. The public wouldn't like that. What polling suggests is that people want to feel that: yes, there are rules. Yes, they are complicated. No, not everyone necessarily totally understands or follows them. Yes, after a while other people check up on whether the rules have been followed. And yes, if they haven't, something is said to somebody and hopefully that might also be the actual person or regulatory body responsible. But if it isn't, hey-ho, hopefully it'll all come right in the end.

The really important thing is that British politics is basically clean. Not just because we say it is, but because almost everyone with a vested interest says it is. Not like France, etc.

* Anyway, assuming this is the correct stance to take (which it definitely is), we'd just like to mention a pretty insignificant fact. Which is that (and we're sure you'll find this as funny as we did) it seems some of our funding sources may not have been accurately lodged with the appropriate authority, which may or may not be the Electoral Commission. …

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