What planet is MacShane on?

The Rt Hon. Dr Denis MacShane MP, or the Rt Dishon. Dr Denis MacShame as some of his blogger friends are wont to call him and much worse besides, has embarrassed himself yet again.

On Monday, MacShane rose as if to ask a pertinent question of the Prime Minister who had just given parliament a report on the situation in Afghanistan, but no, he gets up on his hind legs, more supportive than they were during the rape adjournment debate, at least at this early hour and started to read out previous words of wisdom from the Queens Speech of 26th May, it is recorded thus for posterity:

Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham) (Lab):

On 26 May, during the Queen’s Speech debate, I said:

    “It is time to assert the principle that war is too important a matter to be left to generals. We need to assert the authority of this House and the authority of a politically elected Government over the lack of strategy in Afghanistan.”-[ Official Report, 26 May 2010; Vol. 510, c. 246.]

Therefore, I welcome the Prime Minister’s keen interest. We have had too much of this war dictated by the red tops, with their jingoism, and the red tabs, with the generals’ priorities before those of the nation. I wish the Prime Minister well in what is clearly a change of strategy, with a politically elected Government in charge.

The Prime Minister, more than a bit surprised and amused at this unusual approach from MacShane and without delay came out with a suitable riposte:

The Prime Minister:

“I thank the right hon. Gentleman. I was once told that the first sign of madness is to read out one’s own speeches”

No madness here! but the most illuminating episode yet of this arrogant, self important, self aggrandising, egotistical, greedy, ignorant  and frankly embarrassing Labour MP.

Everyone in Rotherham flinches with embarrassment and shame as they see him perform in public, on television or in Parliament.

Rik

David Laws, the real lesson?

The Daily Telegraph unmasking of David Laws less than honest basis for expenses claims, coupled with his outing as gay, serves as a lesson to any politician with skeletons in their cupboard. Personal details can no longer be expected to remain private for very long.

It also raises questions as to Cameron’s  judgement, because he must have been aware of David Laws sexual preferences that would have surely been included in the security file, unless of course the security services missed it too?

Closet homosexuality would once have rung alarm bells, not because they were gay, but because they were open to all kinds of blackmail or undue influence in trying to keep up a public façade that is far from reality.

Whatever Law’s own personal family circumstances, the fact that he was living a lie, is what  actually matters here. His lack of personal candour does not fit well with any concept of openness, honesty and integrity. How can we be expected to place our faith in someone who casually lies to his own parents and family?

The money matters, but it is of secondary importance to the central issue of trust and honesty that he failed so spectacularly in his private life, to live up to.

I am not a perfectionist, I do not have unreasonable expectations of politicians, nor do I really care about such issues as gender, sexual preference, colour, religion or school they went to or for that matter any of the false distinctions that culture or society try to impose upon us to make us compliant and know our place in the scheme of things but I am afraid, I think that David Laws duplicity should now result in his political career coming to an end.

Rik

Oh Dear! Sex and Money again in the Liberal Party!

David Laws has thoroughly disgraced himself and although clinging on currently, will be gone soon.

If he doesn’t stand down, Cameron will inevitably be forced to sack him by Monday.

Not the best start to the ‘New Politics’ when the old greed, sleaze and corruption is still working it’s way out of the woodwork.

Nice to see the traditional approach of concealment of sexuality, taken by Liberals of the past, still afflicts it to this day, Jeremy Thorpe anyone? or more recently Simon Hughes and Mark Oaten.

News just in, Laws resigns! More about this later.