I remember tracking the appalling shiny suited con man Tim Bell throughout his career from Thatcher’s pet liar, Saudi butt boy, coup denier, Murdoch poodle, Bush enabler and now -to prove nu-labour really are just Tories- here he is selling access to Brown’s people and ideas:-
The lobbying firm, set up by the Tory grandee Lord Bell, courted controversy last September when it admitted charging clients to meet cabinet ministers at Labour’s annual conference. Dinner with the Treasury Chief Secretary, Stephen Timms, was among highlights of a programme of events offered to the lobbyist’s clients. Mr Timms, who had not been told he was being “sold on”, refused to attend on discovering the truth.
The man behind the drive to cash in on the incoming Brown administration is Peter Bingle, managing director of BPPA. Bingle, a former Conservative councillor, has close personal links with Nick Brown, the former agriculture minister and a leading backbench ally of the Chancellor. He is godfather to one of Mr Bingle’s children and the two men share a passion for opera.
Firms including the fast-food chain McDonald’s and BAE Systems, the weapons giant, are being offered a 130-page “in-depth analysis” of “what a Gordon Brown government will mean for business in the UK” for £5,000.
A manager at Bell Pottinger Public Affairs (BPPA) told colleagues that The Brown Book “promises to be a lucrative initiative. Just 40 of these sold means an injection of £200K to our results.”
In another money-spinning wheeze, around a dozen clients were charged around £250 each for a dinner with Geoffrey Robinson on 14 November last year.
BPPA was disowned by its own industry watchdog, the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC)-
Even among shifty liars he & his chums are reviled.