The Liberal Democrats‘ biggest donor, who was due to face a multimillion-pound fraud trial within weeks, is on the run.
Michael Brown, 42, who gave the Liberal Democrats £2.4million in 2005, was on bail and expected to face trial in September, charged with 18 offences relating to money laundering, theft, perverting the course of justice and other fraud-related offences.
Hmm. Now, there’s still this matter of whether his donations to the Lib Dems were in fact legal. If they weren’t, then they’d have to forfeit them to the Treasury, bankrupting the party.
The Electoral Commission has put its investigation into whether they were or were not legal on ice until the outcome of this criminal case. All of which is really rather fascinating, for if he doesn’t turn up for trial then that decision could be one ice for ever.
So, anyone else suspect the Rinka solution?