You might want to be sitting down for this. The Telegraph has revealed that a group of rich business people, including a number of Tory peers, would prefer a Tory government.
The paper claims a co-signed letter from a group of 100 "is the biggest ever endorsement by business leaders of a political party".
So who has signed it?
Well there's Joanna Shields, David Cameron's digital advisor - or Baroness Shields to give her the title Cameron bestowed upon her in August 2014. Then there's Karen Brady (also a Tory peer since August 2014) and Stuart Rose (ditto). Major party donor Lord Bamford (made a Tory peer in October 2013) is also on there.
So some Tory peers want the Tories to win the general election.
Who else has signed? Other big names include Topshop boss and Conservative supporter Philip Green who in 2010 was appointed by Cameron's government "to identify inefficiencies and savings in Whitehall departments".
Reading the list it quickly becomes difficult to tell where the news story ends - if it ever really started - and David Cameron's Christmas card list begins. There's the boss of Smythson, where Samantha Cameron earned a reported £400,000 per year as creative director, who is reportedly friends with the Camerons. His wife in fact, is described as Samantha Cameron's "soul mate", no less, by the Daily Mail.
Throughout the list there are people with all sorts of personal ties to the Camerons and senior party members, with personal as well as business reasons why they would want Cameron to be successful - from family friends to people who holiday with the Camerons, to party donors, to government contractors and advisors.
Although the list stretches the definition of "business leaders" in some places there's no denying many are successful business figures and major UK employers but they are also rich Tory supporters declaring their entirely predictable support for a rich Tory goverment. That's politics, of course and I'm not suggesting any of these relationships are not above board but they're also not news. The Telegraph, or anybody else, claiming there is a news story here, just because they've all lent their support on the same day in this contrived way, is at best disingenuous at worst deliberately misleading.