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hutch0
Date: 2008-01-28 23:55
Subject: schadenfreude corner
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Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:not wildly surprisednot wildly surprised
Music:the divine comedy
Since we last visited the increasingly-fraught world of Peter Hain, the Work And Pensions Secretary (and also, let's not forget, the Welsh Secretary - ministers in Gordon's administration having to double up to save money) has resigned from the Cabinet because the question of his campaign donations has been referred to the police. What struck me most forcefully about this latest development was the political obituary broadcast on The World At One on the day of his resignation, and similar articles published elsewhere since. The media seem to think Hain's political career is finished. I wouldn't be too sure.

More recently, Alan Johnson, another candidate for Deputy Leader, appears to have accepted donations from someone he shouldn't have. So, that's Hain, Harriet, and Alan. Surely it's time someone investigated all the deputy leadership candidates? Who'd have thought anyone would be so keen to have John Prescott's old job?

Meanwhile, crossing the floor, we have Tory MP Derek Conway, who appears to have showered public largesse on his son for doing 17 hours a week for him as a Parliamentary researcher. This has been much in the news today, but I've linked to the BBC report because it has a link to video of Conway apologising in a not terribly-heartfelt manner to the House of Commons.

I think it's time the Electoral Commission, and whoever else has the power to do it, performed a root-and-branch investigation of every MP's financing arrangements. None of us is exactly stunned to discover that our elected representatives are on the take, in one form or another, but this apparent landslide of sleaze is beginning to damage the authority of Parliament. I don't care how many Labour, Conservative, Lib-Dem or Other heads roll, but this has got to stop. I'm not Gordon's best friend and The Boy Dave and Clegg Minor would probably cross the road to avoid me, but Parliament has a certain authority which transcends party politics, and we need to repair that. A long drawn-out series of scandals is not the best way to do it. Better to get it all out in one go, twilight of the Gods and all that, and whoever's left standing will know they have to stay honest.
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RealThog: morgan brighteyes
User: realthog
Date: 2008-01-29 03:40 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:morgan brighteyes
And now let me introduce you to Mr Tom DeLay . . .
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-29 22:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
We've met.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-29 22:39 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
That is interesting. Although, not being as familiar with how the parties work as the former party personnel, won't the ex-police and Customs & Excise personnel have a fairly steep learning-curve? And then, of course, they'll leave all the data to be stolen from a car somewhere...
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calcinations
User: calcinations
Date: 2008-01-29 16:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Schadenfreude corner? Surely it must be an entire room just now? I leave the decor to your imagination.

The thing is, because history is finished and the political system in this country is captive to the whims of certain interest groups, and as such fails to represent our interests much, all that is left corruption wise is employing your son as a researcher, and not filling in all the right forms when getting bribes, sorry, campaign contributions from people.

In "the good old days" they'd be trying to pay you to throw the election, or vote differently, or you would give your buddies a hand up, because it would benefit both yourself and the movement you represented, to some degree or another. Now its just you help your buddies up because thats the best way to maximise your own personal wealth and future happiness.
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hutch0
User: hutch0
Date: 2008-01-29 22:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Like I said, nobody's really surprised that this goes on, but I think there's an opportunity here to put the fear of God into these people. Investigate them all, root out the rotten apples no matter how many there are, and if they've broken the law punish them.
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