Police have questioned the British Prime Minister in the so-called “Cash for Honours” scandal. Blair is the first serving Prime Minister to be questioned by police since the 1920’s. It is alleged that seats in the House of Lords were handed out in exchange for raising funds for the governing Labour Party. The Prime Minister’s office said he was just being interviewed as a witness, not as a suspect.
Alex Salmond, Leader of Scottish Nationalist party: “I’m sure Downing Street spin doctors are saying it’s all just a cosy chat for the Prime Minister, but I think we should all stand back and just realise how unprecedented this is. This is the Prime Minister of this country interviewed in the course of a criminal investigation, helping the police with their enquiries in a situation where the only person with the ability to award peerages or knighthoods is the Prime Minister himself.” The police questioning has further tarnished the reputation of a leader whose popularity has plummeted since he first took office.