Now the week long smokescreen of a peer's tax status, carefully managed and dragged out by the BBC and snake Mandelson is beginning to evaporate, perhaps we can turn to some of the real issues of the coming election.
How many times does it need to be said? News 24, Question time, This Week all on about Ashcroft.
Ashcroft has done nothing illegal. He has not evaded any tax. He has - as all sensible people should do - avoided tax.
Avoiding tax is legal for everyone - even all you people at the BBC.
It doesn't matter whether you are a Lord, MP, street sweeper or scare-monger for the BBC as long as you stay within the law. Ashcroft has stayed within the law by practising tax avoidance measures - despite what you may be led to believe.
Instead of pursuing a vendetta against Ashcroft and the Conservatives why does the BBC not focus on Labour's decision to reduce Capital Gains Tax to 18% from 40% which directly benefits its huge private equity donors at the expense of higher National Insurance contributions levied on those at the lower end of the income scale. Car and fuel tax, and home heating bills. Rising all the time on the basis of the discredited climate scam. This is worse than Ponzi. This losing to Ponzi at least had the choice (albeit with less than complete information|). The public KNOW that the climate thing is a scam, nurtured and exaggerated as a politically correct excuse for raising taxes.
This is hypocrisy and cynicism at its worst on the part of labour and the BBC.