Arron Banks: Anyone who sees the face, hears the name, and says “Who?” needs to take a far greater interest in the matters that influence their lives [Image: Jonathan Brady/PA].

Most readers of Vox Political will know Arron Banks was a major funder of the Leave campaign in the run-up to the EU referendum.

But that’s because we’re all hugely educated followers of political affairs.

Much of the rest of the UK’s population probably wouldn’t know him from Adam, and may confuse the two if their spelling is bad or the ink runs in a document with Mr Banks’s name in it.

And the possibility that he threw his money around in an unacceptable way will be alien to many – and the first resort of a cynical few.

The simple fact is that few people know much about this man, yet he worked very hard to wield a huge influence over the biggest decision taken by the UK in most of our lifetimes.

If it was undue, illegal influence, then there are knock-on implications for the referendum’s result.

But that leads to further questions. The establishment has dug its heels firmly into the ground whenever any possibility of reversing the decision for Brexit has arisen.

How much evidence do we need to void this obviously-dodgy decision?

The election watchdog has launched an investigation into whether donations and loans from the Brexit campaigner Arron Banks and one of his companies broke campaign finance rules in the run-up to the EU referendum.

The Electoral Commission will investigate donations worth £2.3m, assessing whether Banks was the “true source” of loans made in his name. It will also establish whether Better for the Country was the “true source” of donations made to Brexit campaigners or whether it was “acting as an agent” for some other source of funds. Banks is a director of Better for the Country and the majority shareholder.

The money given by Banks to Leave.EU in the run-up to the referendum was believed to be the biggest donation in British political history.

Source: Electoral Commission to investigate Arron Banks’ Brexit donations | Politics | The Guardian


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