Labour are trying to sell the idea that the donations situations with Osbourne and Hain are basically the same. Really? Well lets look at just how "the same" they are?
One takes money from people whose companies he then goes on to endorse, he then fails to register the bulk of the donations anywhere. He admits to the donations one by one as they are exposed by bloggers and the media. Much of the money is still unaccounted for.
The other receives donations which he fully discloses to the electoral commission, unprompted. He then asks the parliamentary authorities if he also needs to record the donations in the register of members' interests, he is told "no" so doesn't. Not exactly the actions of someone trying to hide anything.
Is it just me or do these two cases look like chalk and cheese?
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