Keeping the faith
The phrase “in good faith” has been deployed rather frequently in the controversy over the donations to Wendy Alexander’s campaign team.
It was used by Charlie Gordon who solicited the donation which subsequently proved to be illegal.
It forms the substance of Ms Alexander’s defence: that she did not break the law intentionally, that she acted in good faith.
Now that argument has surfaced again. This time from Paul Green whose cheque is at the core of the controversy.
I interviewed Mr Green today in the studios of BBC Jersey.
The interview was broadcast live by “Good Morning Scotland” and has since been used by other BBC outlets. (It is incidentally the lead story in Jersey itself.)
While outwardly affable, Mr Green is angry.
Furious that he has been, as he sees it, drawn into a political row by muddle, confusion and mismanagement on the part of the Labour Party.
He says he was approached by Charlie Gordon and asked for a donation to Wendy Alexander’s campaign. He sought and received assurances re legality.
That done, he stumped up, signing a personal cheque, with a personal covering letter – and despatching that from his Jersey home address to Mr Gordon.
Couple of clues there, one might think, to suggest that this not a corporate donation.
The cheque was payable to the WA Campaign.
The snag? Jersey, while part of the British Isles, is not part of Britain.
It is a Crown dependency. Its citizens, including Paul Green, can’t vote in the UK – and so can’t contribute to UK political parties.
Paul Green fervently hopes that his interview with me is the end of the matter for him.
One rather suspects it is not the end of the matter for Charlie Gordon, Wendy Alexander and the Labour Party.