Blunkett Coughs Up

David Blunkett tonight admitted he had been wrong to give a first class rail ticket intended for MPs’ spouses to his former mistress Kimberly Quinn and said he would repay the £180 cost. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, when will an MP go to jail for fraud? If a shop-girl in Woolies had given her best friend a few free sweets from the pick ‘n mix, she be sacked, or possibly prosecuted for theft. If the Minister in charge of the justice system and the police defrauds the public purse he should not be allowed to just say sorry and repay the money. Its not an accidental mistake

Yet a spokesman for the home secretary said that Mr Blunkett was sorry for the “genuine mistake” of giving a return train ticket from London to Doncaster to his mistress Mrs Quinn.

“Well he is blind”, bollocks, he must have known, “Spouse’s ticket” means your spouse, not someone else’s.

UPDATE: Daily Mail is publishing tomorrow some letters from the Home Office to the nanny which look incriminating.


Rumours around Westminster are that he is depressed and hitting the bottle. He’d be really down in the dumps if he could read today’s papers. Incidentally matters are already in the courts and sub judice. Guido is going to link to whomever puts up details on the web first and let them get sued by the Home Secretary – given he’s bonkers, authoritarian, in charge of the police, courts and intelligence services who is going to publish first? I’m too scared to even mention he’s launched a paternity suit.

Incredible Blogger?


James Malcolm, a mildly politically incorrect blogger has outed himself as the doppelganger of a joyously politically incorrect Incredible superhero.


UK Future is the name of the St Andrews student’s blog.

Let He Who Is With Sin Cast the First…

Former Home Office minister David Mellor today said that David Blunkett should quit as Home Secretary over allegations that he “fast-tracked” a visa application for his mistress’ nanny. Mellor resigned as a result of a toe-sucking expose by his mistress Antonia de Sancha, so when he says “The snowball of his private life is now careering down the mountainside picking up all manner of noisome debris.” he knows what he is talking about.



“And it is a process that can end only one way. By his career, hopefully only temporarily, going over the cliff with his judgement.” Mellor said it was impossible to be Home Secretary and do the job properly while preoccupied with such events. He added: “To be as we now see him robs him of the authority needed to do the job. The truth is inescapable… His position as Home Secretary is untenable.”

Parliamentary Questions… Bin ’em!

With characteristic disregard for parliament, hundreds of PQs have been binned under new procedures. Previously ministers wrote to MPs even if they failed to answer their questions before parliament was prorogued, as it was last Thursday. Now the questions are binned.

The worst performers were ministerial teams led by Geoff Hoon, the defence secretary; Patricia Hewitt, the trade secretary; Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, and Paul Murphy, the Northern Ireland secretary. The Treasury, Foreign Office and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have a handful of unanswered questions between them.

Father4Justice

Sadly it appears that Blunkett has lost it over Mrs Kimberly Quinn (née Fortier). The allegations are coming thick and fast in the Sunday papers. During the affair he is alleged to have;

  • Used his influence as Home Secretary to obtain a visa for Leoncia ‘Luz’ Casalme, Mrs Quinn’s Filipina nanny.
  • Sent his official government driver to pick up the nanny’s passport.
  • Arranged first-class train tickets for his mistress at public expense that were intended for use by him as an MP.
  • Shared confidential security information with Mrs Quinn during “pillow talk”.
  • Ordered a policeman to stand outside Mrs Quinn’s Mayfair home to safeguard her against anti-capitalist rioting that had been expected during a May Day demonstration.
  • Used his government chauffeur to drive Mrs Quinn to his home in Derbyshire for weekend trysts.
  • Took Mrs Quinn, the publisher of The Spectator, to Spain for a wedding, accompanied by four security men and a driver, with much of the cost allegedly met by the taxpayer.

    When Mrs Quinn’s son needed a US passport Blunkett pulled strings to help.

    Blunkett’s spin doctor says “He did not put any pressure on the American embassy. She needed to get a passport quickly for William and he rang the embassy and asked them how to go about it.” Seems like string pulling to me, when one of the most powerful government ministers rings an embassy official asking for how to get a passport for his mistress’ son, the official would surely get the hint.

    Since the affair ended it is alleged that;



  • Blunkett has sent Mrs Quinn as many as 10 letters from his lawyers demanding DNA tests to establish whether he is the father of her unborn baby.
  • Blunkett is alleged to have written to Mrs Quinn, who is heavily pregnant, detailing the times and locations of their meetings during a three-year affair.
  • Blunkett and Mrs Quinn have already obtained private DNA test results that prove her two-year-old son William was fathered by Blunkett.
  • Blunkett has sent letters day after day, 10 in total.

She began the three year affair with Blunkett three months after getting married. Mrs Quinn is said to have lost two stones in weight and to be on the verge of a breakdown because of his determined campaign. She finds him very bullying and overpowering, accusing him of being “paranoid” and of wanting to “nail me”.

I’d say nailng her is the cause of his troubles.

Inviting?

An invitation to Christmas drinks with Michael Howard at Policy Exchange / C-Change has arrived. Not at first glance the most exciting party to be invited to. Until I remember that one of the founding lights of the organisation was Dougie Smith, who the Sunday Times revealed last year to be also one of the founding lights of the up-market, posh sexy swingers Fever Parties.

Clearly he has sent me the wrong party invitation…

Thatcher Returns to Parliament

Yesterday Maggie was holding court at Portcullis House, Boris blogs a paean to her. Its obvious she was in a different league to the shower of second rate Tories we have now. Come back, all is forgiven…

Proud of Britain

At last, our youth lead the way in Europe.

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Propeller Head Wonk Watch

You know when some think tank brings out an idea ahead of its time, like nationalisation in 1945 or privatisation in 1979, which catches on and changes the world. Well that is very clever. But some ideas are just stoopid,

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Lib Dems : Dope Votes

As both Blair and Howard try to out do each other with promised crack-downs on drugs it occurs to me the polls showing that the Lib Dems have captured the 18-24 vote might have something to do with the spliff-head

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Hain’s Security State Breached by Wimmin

Anti-war protesters demonstrated the effectiveness of Hain’s election pledge of security by bursting into a high security government building just minutes after Her Majesty had just announced new government measures to tackle terrorism. As the whole of Whitehall swarmed with

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