In the UK, the leader of the Conservative Party, which at present is not in government, is David Cameron.
Cameron is expected to win the next election.
PETER OBORNE, in the Daily Mail, 7 February 2009, has written : Rich men, dodgy money and the banana skin that could stop Cameron reaching No. 10
Peter Osborne refers to the following:
1. Some months ago, Conservative Party Shadow Chancellor George Osborne was accused of attempting to obtain money from a Russian billionaire.
Osborne, together with the Tory Party official Andrew Feldman, joined Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska on his yacht in the Ionian Sea.
There was a discussion about party donations.
It is illegal for British parties to receive donations from foreign nationals.
2. More recently it was revealed that Lord Laidlaw, one of the Conservative's biggest backers, has been forced to stop giving money to the party.
Laidlaw, who does not live in the UK, was recommended by the Conservatives for a peerage after giving about £5million to the party.
When he became a Lord five years ago, he promised that he would leave Monaco, live in the UK and pay British tax.
However, Laidlaw remains outside the UK.
And last year he was caught taking part in an orgy with prostitutes.
3. Lord Ashcroft is the Conservative Party's biggest donor.
He has an office in Conservative headquarters.
On the subject of tax, Ashcroft made a similar pledge to that made by Lord Laidlaw.
But Ashcroft now refuses to answer questions about what taxes he may or may not be paying..
4. Trevor Hemmings is a slot machine tycoon and owner of a huge leisure and property empire which includes Blackpool Tower.
He has made several large donations to the Conservatives.
These came shortly after the Tory culture spokesman Tobias Elwood changed party policy on slot machines.
The Conservatives now want the maximum stake for one-armed bandits to be doubled.
5. Over a year ago, the oil company Vitol, a Netherlands-based firm, pled guilty to 'grand larceny in the first degree' in a New York court. Vitol admitted having paid kickbacks in return for oil contracts in Iraq at the time of Saddam Hussein.
Vitol's president and chief executive Ian Taylor then gave money to the UK Conservative Party.
Some of the money went to the office of Alan Duncan who was then Conservative Party energy spokesman.
6. 'Playboy financier' David Ross donated more than £140,000 to the Conservative Party.
Ross secretly used his shares in Carphone Warehouse as collateral for huge personal loans.
7. Richard Caring is a clothing tycoon and owner of a number of top London restaurants and clubs.
Caring is giving money to the Conservative Party.
The Conservative Party seems to have links to a growing number of such people.
8. Dame Pauline Neville Jones is the Conservative Party's National Security Adviser.
She has 'performed poorly' in the Binyam Mohamed case.
It looks as if UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband may have (1) misled the High Court when he asked for the suppression of evidence of MI5 collusion (2) misled the House of Commons.
When Neville Jones appeared on BBC Radio Four's Today programme, "she addressed none of these matters."
"Her sole concern appeared to be maintaining the Anglo-American intelligence relationship."
David Cameron - likely to be Britain's next Prime Minister.
The Sunday Mirror, 24 August 2008, tells us about the holiday experience of David Cameron, leader of Britain's Conservative Party. (EXCLUSIVE: Lavish holiday exposes the lie of 'ordinary' guy David ...)
According to the Mirror, Cameron has been holidaying on a £21,000 a week yacht on the Turkish Riviera.
He has been accompanied by seven boats carrying 74 friends and family.
He has been eating 'in the finest restaurants'.
Each of vessels has 'its own personal chef, captain and two crew hands'.
Three weeks ago Cameron and wife Samantha posed for official pictures 'on a humble bucket-and-spade beach' in Cornwall, in the UK.
In Cornwall, he portrayed himself 'as a stay-at-home politician in touch with the electorate'.
In Turkey, Cameron celebrate the 60th birthday of his mother-in-law Viscountess Astor.
The total cost of hiring the seven gulets was an estimated £150,000.
According to the Mirror, 'they drank bottle after bottle of wine'.
One night, according to the Mirror, 'the party took over the Indigo Terrace restaurant in the pretty Turkish port of Kalkan' and the bill came to more than £2,000.
Reportedly, Viscount Astor had hired the five-star gulets and 'VIPs invited to join the celebrations flew in from Britain, France and Italy.'
According to Wikipedia:
David Cameron is the son of stockbroker Ian Donald Cameron and his wife Mary Fleur Mount the second daughter of Sir William Mount, 2nd Baronet.
His father was born at Blairmore House near Huntly in Scotland, which was built by Cameron's grandfather Ewen Donald Cameron's maternal grandfather Alexander Geddes who had made a fortune in the grain business in Chicago and had returned to Scotland in the 1880s.
His father's family had a long history in the world of finance: David Cameron's great grandfather Arthur Francis Levita (brother of Sir Cecil Levita) of Panmure Gordon stockbrokers and his great-great grandfather Sir Ewen Cameron, London head of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank played key roles in discussions led by the Rothschilds with the Japanese central banker (later Prime Minister) Takahashi Korekiyo concerning the selling of war bonds during the Russo-Japanese war.
His great grandfather Ewen Allan Cameron, a senior partner with Panmure Gordon stockbrokers was also a notable figure in the financial world serving on the Council for Foreign Bondholders and the Committee for Chinese Bondholders set up by the then Governor of the Bank of England Montagu Norman in November, 1935.
His grandfather Ewen Donald and father Ian Donald also worked for Panmure Gordon stockbrokers, his father also serving as a director of the estate agents John D Wood.
Cameron is a direct descendant of King William IV (4th great grandfather) and his mistress Dorothea Jordan (and thus 5th cousin, twice removed of Queen Elizabeth II) through his father's maternal grandmother Stephanie Levita.
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Gaby Hinsliff and Ned Temko, in The Observer, 23 October 2005, listed the members of David Cameron's inner circle:
1. George Eustice started his political career with the UK Independence Party (which is reportedly pro-Israel and pro-Pentagon.)
2. Oliver Letwin has links to the Rothschilds.
3. Michael Gove is an admirer of the American neo-cons.
4. George Osborne is a fellow Oxford party animal.
5. Steve Hilton is in advertising.
6. Daniel Finkelstein is a Times journalist.
7. Matthew d'Ancona writes for The Telegraph.
According to the Observer article:
The brains of the operation is Michael Gove.
An article on Michael Gove at en.wikipedia:
He takes a pro-Israel line and has criticised anti-Americanism, anti-Semitism and several United Nations peace processes.
A self-confessed neo-conservative, he called for early intervention against Saddam Hussein.
Surprisingly, he stated in October 2004 of Tony Blair: "I can't hold it back any more; I love Tony!"
He is also a signatory of the Henry Jackson Society.
Gove is seen as part of an influential set of young up-and-coming Tories, sometimes disparagingly referred to as the Notting Hill set, including David Cameron, George Osborne, Edward Vaizey, Nicholas Boles and Rachel Whetstone. They are seen as modernisers, but also close to Michael Howard.