Reading the Runes? or would that be runiczny?

Twitter: Denis is an inveterate tweeter, normally averaging more than five tweets daily. Sometimes up to ten! Denis MacShane on twitter.

Astonishingly for Denis, he has suddenly stopped!

No posts at all since 11:11pm on the 18th, when there was one preceded by just a couple on the two previous days. It takes an awful lot to shut this arrogant politician up.

Perhaps he has now significantly altered his opinion of the police’s  intelligence and range of investigative tools at their disposal. Alternatively he may have been the beneficiary of some serious advice, of the ‘when you’re in a hole, at least stop digging’, variety. We shall see?

Stop Press: 23rd October 2010. It would appear that I might have at least one reader? Within hours of  making a point about lack of activity by Denis on Twitter, low and behold a sudden flurry of posts, well two actually.

Political Blonde: Joan Smith’s Website. Who is Joan Smith?  Denis MacShane’s partner!

On the 13th, hope she is not superstitious? republished a Guardian piece she had written, originally published on the Guardian website last year as; I am sick of my country and this hysteria over MPs, published 25th May 2009. Strange that she re-published her original defence of parliamentarians in general, and Denis in particular, the day after the Parliamentary Standards Committee met and made their decision and a day before their decision was made public on the 14th!

This has the potential to make her look rather foolish or naive at best, if the ‘boys in blue’ find differently?

Where the story of Denis’s liberal interpretation of the provisions of the ‘Green Book’ started, back in June, 2009.

Mail on Sunday story 20th June 2009. Former Labour Minister’s £8,000 cash for his poet brother’s ‘translation services’

I quote from the story:

‘On the 19th June 2009, when he was initially contacted by the Mail, Mr MacShane said: ‘It is no secret that I do more work for Europe than any other MP, and people connected with the institute help me with that. That is all I can really help you with.’ The line then went dead.

A couple of hours later, Mr MacShane, who served as Europe Minister between 2002 and 2005, sent a text message saying:

‘The EPI was set up 20 years ago by a network of people on the Left working in Europe and the US. It has organised conferences and published books and reports.

‘Ed is my brother, but simply administrates it. The claims refer to work in connection with my well-known Parliamentary activity on European and global politics. When I stopped being Europe Minister, I used the EPI to claim for research and translation* relating to my work as an MP on European politics.’ * My emphasis.

The Mail, clearly touched a raw nerve with MacShane when they asked about this little arrangement with his brother, Edmund Matyjazek.

When Denis MacShane makes a statement it usually requires careful textual analysis to determine exactly what it means.

This phrase from the text statement is instructive: ‘I used the EPI to claim for research and translation’.

What is he saying here? The use of the term ‘to claim’, not ‘to carry out’ is perhaps, more revelatory than he intended?

Gerald Shamash, of Labour Party solicitors, Steel & Shamash, has reportedly, been engaged by MacShane to help him. I myself have previous experience with this firm of solicitors and found them less than thorough about checking that ‘facts’ were actually true! I will probably tell the full story of this episode at a later date. It would be quite instructive! On their website they claim ‘Steel and Shamash, has established a fine reputation in criminal cases over many years. They claim to specialise in serious cases, such as fraud’. Gerald Shamash, himself, claims among his specialities; (Cases involving) Parliamentary rules relating to the conduct of Members of Parliament. Probably got the right solicitors then.

Edmund, Denis’s older brother, is unlikely to be at all happy that he is being dragged into a situation of considerable potential embarrassment, by his younger brother. Edmund is owner and proprietor of an Isle of Wight, private school as well as being it’s Headmaster. He is also poet and luminary of the Poetry Society. A lot to lose therefore.

I know from personal experience that younger brothers can end up causing a lot of pain, embarrassment and more than a little money, through their own stupid actions. Just when you least expect it!

Seen Elsewhere:

Neil Clark Blog on Denis

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