Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"Enron-Labour Sleaze". (Don't Believe It)

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"Enron-Labour Sleaze". (Don't Believe It)

Article excerpt

It may be two months since the US energy giant ENRON crashed, but only recently have the British press linked the company to the LABOUR Party. The Tories gleefully told the Westminster lobby hat Enron had donated funds to Labour, only to find out a few hours later that they too, had received money. None of this bothered the right-wing end of the market, which launched a "guilt by association" campaign: anyone who had ever met or been seen with anyone from Enron or its accountants, Arthur Andersen, was guilty.

I'm not one to leap to the defence of Peter Mandelson, but he would have been guilty of not doing his job had he not met anyone from Enron. It is easy to link Viandelson with any scandal, and the same goes for the New Statesman's owner, Geoffrey Robinson, who was probably too busy sorting out Coventry City FC to be worrying about his links with Andersen.

At the start of the week, Robinson was in the frame for accepting free research on the windfall tax when Labour was in opposition. …

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