Capita and Ruth Turner (Part II) “Unanswered Questions”

Ruth Turner has recently attracted a lot of attention with questions being asked by two Tory MPs about her role. None of the questions however have as yet been answered. Growling Chris Grayling, a frontbencher, asked what meetings Cabinet Office ministers and officials had held with Capita since the start of January 2004. He basically meant Ms Turner. Stewart Jackson was even more explicit with his question tabled two weeks ago;

Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list meetings his Adviser on Government Relations has had with (a) Capita, (b) organisations acting on behalf of Capita and (c) Mr Rod Aldridge in the last 18 months; what the purpose of the meeting was in each case; and if he will make a statement.

The very next day after that question was put, Rod Aldridge, the CEO of Capita, resigned saying of his million pound bung to Labour “There have been suggestions that this loan has resulted in the group being awarded government contracts. This is entirely spurious.” So far the government has dodged giving answers to the questions claiming “To provide the detailed information requested would incur disproportionate cost.” How much does it really cost to ask Ms Turner simple questions?

  • Have you met Mr Aldridge?
  • If so, when did you meet Mr Aldridge?

< font>Total cost of a two minute phone call to Ms Turner? 5p.

To see Guido’s previous Capita and Ruth Turner stories click here.

to be continued…

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Quote of the Day

Jeremy Corbyn in the Evening Standard

“… we must also face the uncomfortable fact that a small number of our members and supporters hold anti-Semitic views and attitudes, which need to be confronted and dealt with more rapidly and effectively.

The evidence is clear enough. Labour staff have seen examples of Holocaust denial, crude stereotypes of Jewish bankers, conspiracy theories blaming 9/11 on Israel, and even one member who appeared to believe that Hitler had been misunderstood.

So let me be clear. People holding those views have no place in the Labour Party.

… we have not done enough to get to grips with the problem, and the Jewish community and our Jewish members deserve an apology. My party and I are sorry for the hurt and distress caused. … We must strive to understand why anti-Semitism has surfaced in our party…

… when criticism of or opposition to the Israeli government uses anti-Semitic ideas — attributing its injustices to Jewish identity, demanding that Jews in Britain or elsewhere answer for its conduct, or comparing Israel to the Nazis — then a line must be drawn.  Anti-Zionism is not in itself anti-Semitic and many Jews themselves are not Zionists. But there are also a very few who are drawn to the Palestinian question precisely because it affords an opportunity to express hostility to Jewish people in a “respectable” setting. Our movement must not be a home for such individuals.

Second, there are people who have come to see capitalism and imperialism as the product of conspiracy by a small shadowy elite rather than a political, economic, legal and social system. That is only a step from hoary myths about “Jewish bankers” and “sinister global forces”.

These views do no service to the struggle for a just society.”


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