October 10th, 2011

Downing Street Response – Fox Wins the Day

Downing Street says:

“The Prime Minister has now seen the interim findings of the Ministry of Defence’s permanent secretary review into Liam Fox’s relationship with Mr Adam Werrity, and discussed them with the Cabinet secretary. 

It is clear, as Liam Fox himself said yesterday, that serious mistakes were made in allowing the distinction between professional responsibilities and personal loyalties to be blurred – and this has clearly raised concerns about impropriety and potential conflicts of interest.

While the permanent secretary’s initial conclusion is that no classified or other defence related official information was discussed with or given to Mr Werrity by the secretary of state or the department, it is clear that much tighter procedures are needed within the department to ensure that the ministerial code is properly adhered to in future. 

Following these interim findings the Prime Minister has asked the Cabinet secretary to work with the permanent secretary to complete the report, addressing all the remaining questions that have been raised by this issue.”

Fox survives to fight another day, but new procedures are not needed, the old rules just need to be stuck to.


117 Comments

  1. 1
    Director of Public Prosecutions says:

    Our interim and final solution is

    There is nothing to see

    Pass on please gentlemen

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    • 51
      David Laws Lib Dem fiddler says:

      When is someone going to clean up politics and stop the pervasive corruption?

      In response to revelations about MPs’ expenses, Clegg set out his plans for reform of Parliament in The Guardian.[77] Speaking about the plans, he said: “let us bar the gates of Westminster and stop MPs leaving for their summer holidays until this crisis has been sorted out, and every nook and cranny of our political system has been reformed.” He argued for the “reinvention of British politics” within 100 days, calling for a commitment to accept the Kelly expenses report in full; the power to recall members suspended for misconduct; House of Lords reform;

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  2. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Fox has to go, along with Hunt and laws who needs to be prosercuted oh and Bill wiggin

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  3. 3
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Sounds like his Private Office screwed up – yet another cock-up at the MoD

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  4. 4
    Director of Public Prosecutions says:

    Gotcha Billy

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  5. 5
    capt apollo says:

    sack him

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  6. 6
    Gordon Brown says:

    I always let my personal prejudices get in the way of my work

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  7. 9
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    you know, I did used to visit a site where they had a pop at politicians who were tossing about and doing dodgy stuff.

    Can’t seem to find it any more.

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  8. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Another nail in Dave’s credibility.

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    • 13
      Josiah Bartlett says:

      Is it a cast iron nail?

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    • 15
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Dave’s got a party and a government to run, which means he has to make compromises and can’t go for straightforward speaking, as he’s got to keep a party line together.

      Fancy that, what the public could really do with in times like this is someone being uncompromising, straight speaking, and no party line to toe.

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    • 18
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Dave’s got a party and a government to run, which means he has to make compromises and can’t go for straightforward sp0aking, as he’s got to keep a party line together.

      Fancy that, what the public could really do with in times like this is someone being uncompromising, straight spaaking, and no party line to toe.

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  9. 11
    Cressida's Dick says:

    What cracks me up is members of the village of the damned (Also known as the shadow cabinet) popping up screaming for blood. It’s as though the Blair/Brown years never happened.

    So Fox is a twat. It’ll take longer than 18 months to live down 13 years of fucking Liebour chaos.

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  10. 12
    FavershamAss says:

    MP acts badly, gets caught, apologises and says he’ll refrain in future – and that’s an end to it!

    Perhaps Kenneth Clarke could use this strategy to stop prison over-crowding – but only if the transgressor apologises sincerely – like Liam.

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  11. 14
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Dave needs to this Fox in a box for a while or just make him resign.

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  12. 16
    nell says:

    It’s no good it’s NOT right!

    Nowhere in that report does she talk about whether she has ascertained if liam fox was and is a shareholder of werrity’s companies and whether she is investigating if werrity has used fox first for hiso opposition health minister contacts and now his ministerial mod contacts to benefit those companies.

    If they are not going to specifically investigate this angle of those 40 visits werrity carried out with fox then this is essentialy a whitewash.

    cameron needs to bring forward a reshuffle if he can’t find enough backbone to sack liamfox and reshuffle him out alongside huhne whilst he’s at it.

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  13. 17
    Bent City Solicitors says:

    There is no offence under English law called Influence Peddling

    So flog all your contacts, demand payment for any introduction and make millions like Blair and Mende”lson, among others,

    And we will defend you (all in the name of human rights, you understand)

    Like we defend bankers who flog toxic securities and take their bonuses thereon before the bank has to be saved by taxpayers and the shareholders raped

    And like we defend all those oligarchs who thieved billions from the Russian people and are now living “respectably” in London…

    We are marvellous

    And we are paid MILLIONS to do so…

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  14. 19
    Border Terrier says:

    I hope Liam should spend more solo time with Mrs Fox [no she isn’t a dog] in future. Looks almost fanciable in today’s Mail.

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  15. 20
    Baronness Houdini says:

    What’s all the fuss about ??? Oink, oink !!

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  16. 20
    I hate Blue Labour says:

    More decisiveness from Tin Cup Cameron then.

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  17. 23
    Mark Jones says:

    Guido – are you seriously going to allow this liar to get away with this? I don’t want Labour getting in on the back of Cameron feeling he owes favours to people (whatever those “favours” might be in this case?!).

    If we’re not careful Milibollocks and Watson etc will make hay with this story, and with Huhne, Clarke, May etc etc. And speaking quite frankly I don’t want those Liebour wankers back in charge of downing street thankyou very much!

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    • 69
      Anonymous says:

      Fox and Werritty were at the 2009 Herzliya Conference, which is Israel’s global policy gathering to address issues of concern to Israel.
      Atlantic Bridge was partially funded by BICOM (British Israel Communications and Research Centre), which is an ‘unincorporated association’ or collection of individuals who don’t need to be transparent.
      Werritty had access to the inner corridors of power at the highest levels.
      Atlantic Bridge received donations from BICOM, and is close to the CFI (Conservative Friends of Israel) and the Conservative Party.
      With friends like these why would Fox be concerned? – he isn’t; and why would Cameron break into a sweat? – he hasn’t.

      Tony

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  18. 24
    viva la beast says:

    A big cock up for Dr Fox

    Maybe a new euphemism could enter into the rich lexicon of the English language when it comes to man on man sodomy

    “We met to discuss rugby”

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  19. 25
    In Gold we trust. says:

    Is there anyone normal left in UK politics ? Or are they all mad or bad ?

    Is something in the water leading to ‘weirdo syndrome’ development ?

    What is going on ?

    Come back John Major. I never had a problem with you in the first place.

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  20. 27
    Fake Blood says:

    So Cameron and team are even more like Labour than we had thought. Christ knows why the leftist filth here and elsewhere think they have a right to complain though; they were very considerably worse.

    Yes, lefties, you were much, much worse than this so shut it, filth.

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  21. 27
    Nina says:

    So Prince Andrew gets a drubbing for trying to promote British industry abroad and mixing with some dodgy people. Fox’s alleged beard gets to promote his company alongside Fox and change the focus according to Fox’s government brief. No conflict of interest? No lack of probity? Bad move Cameron – this will come back to bite you.

    Nina

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  22. 30
    Labour hounds outfoxed says:

    Fox was brilliant but contrite in his one hour long trial in the Hof C. Reading this morning’s papers and especially lsitening to the BBC, I thought he was a gonna, but now all the facts are out, including bribes to labour party to discredit Fox, the ones in the dock should be LABOUR and Fox should get on with running a very demanding job.

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    • 41
      Engineer says:

      The BBC are revelling in this. It saves them having to talk about the Euro crisis for a couple of days.

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      • 42
        Fake Blood says:

        Close the BBC down.

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  23. 31
    Nemo says:

    “but new procedures are not needed, the old rules just need to be stuck to.”
    I think you have got it in one, the same applies to a lot of things to do with government, so why don’t they do it, can’t be arsed, too much trouble, B’Liar & Gordoon’s answer was to create more legislation.

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  24. 33
    confused says:

    What about the lying Doesn’t say much for Dave does it as apparently lying is all part of the game Will we EVER be able to believe a politician agian

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  25. 34
    confused says:

    again

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  26. 35
    Chris Hoon says:

    This is great news !!!

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  27. 40
    wotson says:

    all so cozy. allowed things to get blurred=should ave gone to specsomthing. bit like the expenses over charging. how many mps have been charged with undercharging for expenses. zero balls

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  28. 43
    Taxfodder says:

    A pitifully weak conclusion from Wavey Davey APN.

    Scared and not afraid to show it…..

    Self first, Party second, country last…electorate suck it down or I will lock you up at 32K pa per pop!

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  29. 45
    Sludge Pump Political Spinner (for hire) says:

    It was all a terrible mistake and any suggestion about laws for society being non-applicable to the higher echelons of power in this country are totally miss-placed and show a sad lack of understanding of the true situation!!

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  30. 46
    Jess The Dog says:

    He is fine until something else pops up …. as it usually does in these scandals.

    These ministers are useless! They need to be ‘reminded’ of so many rules and regulations. Does a permanent secretary stand beside them in the toilet with a roll of Andrex in hand, ready to wipe, ‘backwards, not forwards, Minister…’?

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  31. 48
    Tinned Fruit says:

    The way the BBC have been plugging at this story you would think Liam Fox had been accused of selling government secrets and sleeping with the enemy.

    Is this really more important than the really big story – news that a major european bank has had to be saved with yet another multibillion-euro bailout. This the second bailout in three years for Dexia.

    What message does this send to big banks? Don’t worry if you fuck up. The government will be there to bail you out with taxpayers money!

    From now on its win-win for banks.

    When is it going to end?

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    • 64

      I thought he had been accused of something of the sort. We don’t know who else Werrity is friends with, do we?

      If Werrity is going to pose naked like Christine Keeler, he’s going to need a bigger, stronger chair.

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    • 115
      Jesme the unloved Fox says:

      Look spunk bubble, it’s about fox, not banks. Rabid fucking loon.

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  32. 49
    Bucket of whitewash says:

    Ffs! Whitewash. Same old dodgy politics just done under a different name. Throw as much shit at them as you can and none of it sticks.

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  33. 52
    joescotus says:

    groundhog day, fox at the fiddle, some tory councillor gets bit of porridge,,emmm jim devine ee porridge .. sweating the small stuff
    vaz urrggh ..mandelson urrrggh..draper urrggh mcbride ..vomit projectile
    was it the parents fault or are they just a shower of “fuck you jack im all right”
    uumm . how come in the bookies betting tit brigade … tory now and again , libs 10 to one against .. labour put your house on them

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  34. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Just watch Julie Kirkbride in future, Liam.

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  35. 55
    Radge says:

    So we have denials of stuff no-one really suspected (disclosure of classified information). The nub of the issue, whether Fox’s boyfriend benefitted financially from his relationship (and therefore gained pecuniary advantage by deception, vide the business cards), is denied in a linguistic construction so bizarre none of the journos have so far been able to work it out. Some verbiage about transactional advantage? I dare say we’ll need to wait for Hansard to find out whether it was plagiarized from Jonathan Lynne and Anthony Jay.

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    • 57
      It is a truth universally acknowledged says:

      It appears(unless something more damaging surfaces)that Team Miliband have failed disastrously to get Fox’s scalp… all pretty ineffectual stuff especially by Jim Murphy as Labour MP and Labour MP got to their feet to read from the Briefing Note as Chief Whip Rosie Winterton stared gimlet-eyed at their dismal performance to land a punch this afternoon and even “The Beast of Bolsover”(sadly diminished from his prime scarcely laid a claw on our Liam who cracked back that sometimes a bottle doesn’t improve with age….as Sam Weller used to say “A Werry werry good afternoon to you !”

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  36. 60
    Mark Jones says:

    A decade ago or so, I spent around 3 days a week in London between 1994 and 2002, and often drank at bars in and around Westminster. It was well commented on that Dr Fox apparently liked the company of men, and some men more than others at times, allegedly!

    We all have “friends” Dr Fox. But most of us don’t take our “friends” to work with us!

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  37. 61
    Anonymous says:

    More holidays than a Travel Agent

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  38. 62
    Chuck Fadanoid says:

    So what happened to the ‘new way of doing things’ after the expenses fiasco?

    Looks like the same old shit to me.

    How the fuck did he get away with taking his, cough, ‘mate’ on several important foreign trips where matters that might have ‘appeared’ to have benefited both (Fox holds shares in bumboy’s company) may have been discussed. Not to mention aspects of national security.

    If there’s been a case for fucking off sharpish in the last ten, years, I can’t for the life of me see why it isn’t this one? He ought to be in jail pulling shit like this.

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  39. 63
    SpinStripedChancer says:

    ‘Serious mistakes’ eh? Put’s him in line for a K then.

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  40. 67
    Mrs Oliphant says:

    Much more will be revealed as these ‘interim findings’ are worn away by the piecemeal emergence of the truth.

    Why put off Fox’s dismissal, Dave? Everyone but you knows he’s a thoroughly bad egg.

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  41. 68
    Margaret Thatcher says:

    The bottom line is, for both Fox and Hague, is that the Tory blue rinse brigade now know that they are both raving Benders.

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  42. 72
    david says:

    Ah! you can’t beat the Tories, (well not unles you are Miss Whiplash) life is never dull, one week its all about cats, then its all about catamites: what ever next?

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  43. 74
    Edgar Lustgarten says:

    Dave seems to get more and more keen on ‘cracking down’ on everyone and everything except the rottenness and corruption in his own ranks.

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  44. 75
    50 Calibre says:

    The reason Dave hasn’t sacked Fox is the same reason that Clegg hasn’t got rid of Huhne.

    They’re both shit scared of the consequences. Thatcher would have sacked them on the spot. No bottle in No 10…

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  45. 77
    Julie Kirkbride Former MP says:

    This is all so so much nonsense. I can personally vouch that I have given so so much advice to both David and Liam, that it is so so shocking to think that anyone could doubt my simply simply absolute integrity or that of David. It is all simply simply beyond question and it is so so annoying.

    Will the Conservative Party ever move forward in the modern way we have all worked so so hard for.

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  46. 80
    Geoffrey G Brooking says:

    Guardian journalists are such a bunch of left wing tossers.

    They can’t even get there facts right.

    And what’s more there’s a good rumour doing the rounds that one Guardian journalist stands to gain from smearing Fox in order to save his own skin.

    Dirty guit should go and take a running jump and leave our Liam alone!

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    • 83
      The Third Roundel says:

      Yes, there is so much dirty work afoot on this, mostly in fact from the advisory attachments to the Tory Party.

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      • 93
        Obadiah Llewellyn says:

        So many tumours and parasites to be cut away before anything approaching healthy tissue can see the light of day.

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    • 85
      Anonymous says:

      Geoffrey, you are just too tribal.

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  47. 87
    Sally Cinnamon says:

    Dr Fox

    Give or receive ?

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  48. 91
    Anonymous says:

    Fox is nowhere near as bad as Cameron and his cronies.

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