Stephen Pollard has an interesting and informative article about the history of senior Labour Party contacts with David Abrahams, the would-be-secret donor to the Labour Party, who seems to have achieved not only a spectacular degree of unwanted publicity, but to have been the source of the most devastating blow to Gordon Brown's premiership since he came to office.
I'm not that interested in the story anyway--it seems to be yet another in a series of insights into the realities of funding political parties, which from time to time highlights the murky and shamefaced side of each and every major political party's funding practices in the UK.
What I was however expecting any day soon was that this story would morph into the latest version of the UK slant on the international-Jewish-conspiracy angle, which we last saw in full cry over the way in which press innuendo was applied to Lord Levy over his role in both organizing funding for the Labour Party and acting as Tony Blair's envoy to the Middle East.
Here we have today's Telegraph report which of course does not mention the word "Jewish" or even "zionist", but hints with no more evidence than a photo op shot of what could have been a chance charity event encounter at links between David Abrahams and the outgoing Israeli Ambassador, Zvi Heifetz, who Tony Blair has appointed as an adviser in his role as Middle East envoy to the Quartet:
Mr Abrahams is described by friends as a "secretive" person who spends little money on himself but likes to rub shoulders with the great and the good at political and charity events.
Last year he was pictured shaking hands with the then Israeli ambassador, Zvi Heifetz, who was questioned then cleared over money-laundering allegations. Mr Heifetz was recently appointed as an adviser to Mr Blair in his role as Middle East peace envoy.
The idea that Zvi Heifetz or any other mysterious politically experienced donor who wished to keep his identity secret would choose a man like David Abrahams, with a track record of having been rejected by even a local Labour Party as a constituency candidate after his clumsy attempts to present himself as having a fake family is....well...ridiculous. If you do want to hint at a conspiracy, it's hardly convincing to present as main frontman for the plot a character who's a great deal more like Mr Bean than Gordon Brown, or even Harriet Harman.
What I suspect here is that perhaps an enterprising Mr John Rifkin, whose name is credited for the charity event photo showing Abrahams shaking hands with Zvi Heifetz, realised that he had a very nice little earner and seized his opportunity to cash in on it.
But that doesn't stop the Telegraph from building up a further story, which does repeatedly mention the Jewish angle, full of hints and draw-your-own-conclusions innuendoes based on the following:
Mr Abrahams is Jewish
Mr Abrahams is a strong supporter of Jewish and Israeli charities
Mr Abrahams assiduously attended Jewish and Israeli charity events
A former Israeli ambassador once visited his house
A doesn't-want-to-be-named friend of Mr Abrahams suggests:
"David attends dozens of Jewish and Israeli charity events. Even back in the 1980s... he was always attending functions at the Israeli embassy and I believe he carried out some unofficial diplomatic duties in Israel."
Er, diplomatic duties? On behalf of which country was that? Seems that this is the Telegraph's attempted recycling of the Lord Levy as-agent-of-the-international-Jewish-conspiracy saga being shifted onto the pathetic shoulders of this bungling millionaire nebbish.
Not that that will stop this story and this angle from growing and growing....