Fraser Nelson

This investigation won’t take long

This investigation won't take long
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Given that the Metropolitan Police are probably more familiar with Labour Party financing than Gordon Brown himself, this shouldn't be a long investigation. It could be over in as little as there months. The starting point here is the end point which Yates could not get to: that a crime has been committed. All that's missing is the handcuffs (and another couple of villains).

Brown will cooperate. He saw what happened when the last regime played silly buggers with the Met. The all important question is how far the police will investigate. Will they just nick Peter Watt, or ask who else used such circuitous donation routes. And does Watt look like the sort of chap who would allow himself to be demonised as the only villain?

The biggest problem for Brown is that not just that he may be the second prime minister in British history to be questioned in a criminal inquiry. As Lady Luck dumps on him, he is being tried in the court of public opinion. And as tomorrow's Telegraph/YouGov poll will show, they are fast making up their mind.

Written byFraser Nelson

Fraser Nelson is the editor of The Spectator. He is also a columnist with The Daily Telegraph, a member of the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and the Centre for Policy Studies.

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