This weekend in the UK the Tory Party were attacked with allegations of sleaze. Tory co-treasurer Peter Cruddas was caught on camera apparently offering access to the PM for a price. In the end Cruddas claimed it was all bravado and David Cameron insisted that no donors have had special access to the No 10 Cameron's dinner parties.The problem for Mr Cruddas was that the supposed perspective donors were in fact undercover reporters from the Sunday Times. All the apologies and excuses in the world cannot settle nagging doubts that "cash for policy making" in the UK has not been happening.
Yesterday Cameron was insistent that he would not be detailing publicly donors who had been wined and dined in the Cameron's private No 10 apartment. Today he has had a change of heart. Presumably the strength of public feeling encouraged him to come clean. The cynics amongst us may wonder just how we know he has finally told "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?"
The knee jerk reaction has also been to announce that from now on:
The dinners were kept secret until this weekend's events. In the past Cameron has been at pains to insist that any dinner party guests at these occasions were not open for public view. That these events were part of his private life. Hmm. More truth bending it seems.
One person seemingly over the moon with the Tory Party woes is media mogul Rupert Murdoch. Having been accused of much that is corrupt this year it appears that he is beginning to get revenge at last. Was this the purpose of those undercover investigators all along?
Murdoch tweeted happily, "@rupertmurdoch: Of course there must be a full independent inquiry on both sides. In great detail, and with consequences. Trust must be established." Yes it must but the irony of that tweet is not wasted on us.
Voicing what many in the UK have asked this weekend the Sun's editorial read, "Millions will wonder if Osborne scrapped the 50p rate after a few cozy lunches with millionaire backers." Ouch. They will indeed.
In the last year the Leveson Inquiry set up by David Cameron has been putting the likes of Rupert Murdoch through their paces. The government has had to make once secret backdoor, meetings with Mr Murdoch and other senior media folk. public.
Did the media mogul Murdoch engineer this weekend's events? Can Dodgy Dave survive? Probably on both counts but no doubt time will tell.
Mail online update March 2015: Peter Cruddas did offer access to David Cameron for donations, Court of Appeal rules