Seems a bit odd that The Telegraph is dissing Lord Ashcroft. Still, I think the anger from the Labour side over his role can be found here:
But Lord Ashcroft is far more than a donor. "He\’s really about management not money," one frontbencher said.
Lord Ashcroft has by his own admission never liked being a "passive investor" in business or politics.
"I much prefer to be involved – to make sure that my investment is wisely placed and where I can to help," he wrote, shortly after the 2005 election.
All politicians are infested with the idea that they know how to run things best. It\’s the definition of the beast if you wish. Now someone has turned up and shown how business actually works: not the fantasy that so many have, of grinding the faces of the workers ino the dust, but actually looking at what is happening on the ground and then organising scarce resources so they can be used to best effect. And given the noises being made about this marginal seats operation they are indeed being used to good effect.
The furore is not actually anything to do with the money (as is noted, his donations are lower than Lord Sainsbury\’s to Labour) nor his residence, but the fact that he\’s showing up the pretentions of the policial class as a whole: businessmen really do know how to run things better than politicians.
They\’ll never forgive him for that, never.