Every British taxpayer is familiar with Gordon Brown’s wasteful use of their money. Conservative activists won’t be too surprised – or saddened – to read this morning’s Guardian exclusive that Mr Brown wasted £1m of Labour’s own money on aborted election preparations.
Much of the money, according to David Hencke who unearthed the figures, was spent on polling in marginal seats – undertaken by Opinion Leader Research. This further undermines the case – if proof was needed – that the PM was being less than honest when he said that opinion polls were not a factor in his decision to call the election off.
The Guardian estimates that the Conservatives only spent one-fifth of Labour’s outlay on preparations. Much of the Tory spend was on reserving advertising hoardings and those hoardings are now going to be used for the party’s campaign on the EU Treaty.