In times gone by honourable men when disgraced would enjoy a last brandy before reaching for their revolver. Now “right honourable” men when disgraced become lobbyists. Andrew MacKay was the “senior political parliamentary adviser to David Cameron” (according to a statement he made to the police).
Having with his MP wife Julie Kirkbride double-claimed for mortgage expenses for years he is lucky not to be facing charges. He tried to spin his way out when he was caught but an enraged local Conservative Party membership ousted him acrimoniously. So much for MacKay’s crisis management spin skills.
On Monday Dave told us that about
“… the next big scandal waiting to happen. It’s an issue that crosses party lines and has tainted our politics for too long, an issue that exposes the far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money. I’m talking about lobbying – and we all know how it works. The lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear, the ex-ministers and ex-advisors for hire, helping big business find the right way to get its way… It arouses people’s worst fears and suspicions about how our political system works, with money buying power, power fishing for money and a cosy club at the top making decisions in their own interest… if we win the election, we will take a lead on this issue by making sure that ex-ministers are not allowed to use their contacts and knowledge – gained while being paid by the public to serve the public – for their own private gain.
Andrew MacKay is Cameron’s ex-adviser, his dubious ethics are now a matter of public record. Why wait until he is Prime Minister, Dave can demonstrate the truth of his words by signalling that MacKay is no longer part of the “cosy club at the top”, that he will take a lead and not let MacKay use his contacts for his private gain. MacKay should be shown the cold shoulder by the shadow cabinet.