A Second Breach of the Ministerial Code

While we are mooting the idea of an investigation into Fox and his dubious relationship with the Ministerial Code, shouldn’t the Cabinet Secretary be having a look at the weekend’s other casualty? Huhne has admitted to lying on the record about briefing against his cabinet colleague Theresa May. He said the message he accidentally sent to the world was meant for a staffer when in fact it was to his old Westminster School friend, and Guardian political editor, Patrick Wintour. Psycho-Huhne was also caught telling a barefaced untruth about Philip Hammond, he also arguably has fallen foul of the rules by undermining May and her policies:

Media interviews, speeches etc

8.3 In all cases other than those described in paragraph 6.6, the principle of collective responsibility applies (see also paragraph 2.1). Ministers should ensure that their statements are consistent with collective Government policy. Ministers should take special care in referring to subjects which are the responsibility of other Ministers.

8.5 Ministers invited to broadcast on radio, television and/or webcasts in a political or private capacity should consider if such a broadcast would have a bearing on another department’s responsibilities, in which case they should clear the matter with the ministerial colleague concerned before agreeing to the invitation”

What if GOD was one of us, eh…




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Jo Swinson on Chris Rennard…

“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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