Well, Yes Nick

But dominating rich men prepared to subside websites and newspapers, as their predecessors in the 18th century oligarchy patronised political writers, will find that what they lose in profits they gain in political influence.

That is indeed one way of describing Michael Ashcroft.

It\’s also a fair enough way to describe the Scott Trust.

In fact, the Scott Trust itself defines itself exactly that way: make money anywhere at all, to be used to keep buying the political influence that publishing The Guardian gives.

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