Flashback : The Hounding of Elizabeth Filkin

Peter Oborne’s The Triumph of the Political Class analysed the hounding of Elizabeth Filkin.  She was the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards who was forced out of her job by the Labour whips in connivance with Downing Street.  They undermined her because she attempted to tackle the prevailing culture of corruption in politics. Excerpt here.

She who laughs last…

+++ Hoon, Hewitt and Byers Suspended from Labour Party +++

Political Whores Cost £3,000 a Trick

Dispatches shows it really is quite impossible to exaggerate the venality of our political class.

At least we now know the daily basic rate for a politician is £3,000…

UPDATE : Not the first time Byers talking sleaze has got him into trouble. (Via Public Interest.)

Six People per Minute Signing Up to
Strip Byers of “Right Honourable”

UPDATE : Some 2,300 people have signed a petition to the Queen in a matter of hours – a rate of 6 a minute.

That is even faster than the meter of his cab…

Click here to sign the petition.

Wince Cable

Though Guido doesn’t normally give the Treasury spinners much credit  they do have some pretty stunning put-downs from time to time. Vince spent the weekend briefing those few hacks who haven’t yet seen through his act that, in an unprecedented step, the Treasury had opened talks between Vince and Nicholas MacPherson, the Permanent Secretary. In a “go-back-to-your-constituency” moment Vince even said he was “ready to serve“. It was a tad embarrassing then when Whitehall made it clear what was going on. They said they were amazed what old Vince got out of a twenty-minute meeting – which he requested – and they hosted “out of politeness“.

The senior moment unravelled very quickly and far from being unprecedented these meetings were sanctioned by the Cabinet Office as a courtesy to the opposition and took place before the 2005 election as well. It’s a shame the old soothsayer didn’t “foresee” this bit of spin unravelling…

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Guy News : When Emily Met Charlie

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Fire the Liar : Strip Byers of “Right Honourable”

Membership of the Privy Council is what entitles one to be addressed as “the Right Honourable”. When Stephen Byers was made a member of the Privy Council he swore “by Almighty God to be a true and faithful Servant unto The Queen’s Majesty as one of Her Majesty’s Privy Council … And generally in all things you will do as a faithful and true Servant ought to do to Her Majesty.” Surely whoring yourself out to change Her Majesty’s Government’s legislation “like a taxi cab for hire” falls outside the terms of this Oath?

Being a member of the Privy Council is a great honour, it is the oldest political institution in the land after the monarchy itself, tracing its history back to the Norman monarchs.  Byers’ continuing presence on the Council sullies the institution, so given he is unlikely to resign himself he will have to be removed.  It is still possible to petition the Queen to have him removed and Guido has set up an online petition to do just that:

“We, the undersigned, call on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, to strip Stephen Byers MP of his membership of the Privy Council due to his involvement in offering to sell access to the British Government for personal profit.”

Click here to sign the petition.

UPDATE : 318 signatures in less than an hour. 756 in less than two…

How Many Laws Has Byers Confessed to Breaking?
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Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

Byers for Hire[…]

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How to Sting Greedy MPs

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The Media Blog has some background to the story…[…]

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Lobbyists are the Scum of Democracy

The Sunday Times sting that caught Byers, Hewitt and Hoon offering themselves for hire comes as no surprise.  Guido has said it before and will say it again: we have a parliament of whores. It is essentially the job […]

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