Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Labour's abrupt 'U' turn on no impropriety claim

The clunking fist Gordon Brown, was busily dismissing demands for a Whitehall investigation into the Byers, Hoon, Hewitt, etc. and the secret political influence for cash scandal, one strongly suspects hoping to sweep it under the carpet as soon as possible.

"Nothing to see here folks, move along please..."

He was desperately claiming it was not necessary to have a formal inquiry into whether Government ministers changed policy after being approached by bought colleagues.

Amid demands that the Prime Minister order a formal enquiry Brown let it be known he was "satisfied" that there had been no impropriety on the part of ministers in the Transport and Business departments. A spokesperson said "The Prime Minister has seen the statements from the departments and is satisfied that there is no impropriety."

Well it seems that after Byers and his chums were outed by the Channel 4 programme which secretly recorded the former ministers and everyone could make their own minds up directly the pretence could no longer be kept up.

One wonders how happy Mandleson and Adonis were to have been implicated in the matter, and how much truth there was in the original claims.

One wonders if Byers is now falling on his sword having belatedly realised he has transgressed against omertà. It must have finally dawned on him they know where he lives...

Those involved have finally been suspended from the Parliamentary Labor Party. Apparently the party's chief whip, Nick Brown finally decided enough was enough after back bench pressure, probably largely motivated by fear of the electoral damage Labour might suffer over the matter if they carried on pretending such behaviour was acceptable.

Maybe one day these so-called honourable gentlemen Wouldn’t that be refreshing…

Meanwhile... I am also contemplating the acquisition of a reinforced umbrella against the day geneticists develop a winged pig :-) In the previous case I am not planning on holding my breath waiting as the need for that umbrella is sadly probably far more pressing.

2 comments:

OxfordAccent said...

talking of Mandleson and Adonis, how many more of our masters are unelected?

Phil A said...

Oxford, If the question is rhetorical plenty of them still spring immediately to mind.

All the EU commissioners, up to and including the almost certainly unelectable Herman van Rumpoy the president and and Catherine Ashton.

There are also Labor's UK regional governmental Quangos, entirely unelected, unaccountable and incredibly expensive.

Then there are various creatures of the UN such as the much-criticised head of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AKA the IPCC, Dr Rajenda Pachauri, who wealds much power and holds the strings to a huge purse. The critiscisms by no means limited to scientific honesty.

What is frankly terrifying and made possibly even more so by the apparent complete unconcern of the average voter is just how many unelected rulers there are lurking quietly in all manner of places, where the light of critical public attention can not reach and and just how much power they weald.