Saturday, July 21, 2007

The Whiff of Scandal

So, there's "insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction against any individual for any offence in relation to this matter". But does that mean they are all entirely innocent?

Whatever happens in the future the main players in all of this, including Tony Blair, will be forever dogged by rumours and the whiff of scandal. Anyone who doesn't believe there have been sleazy dealings in Downing Street is either a fanatical TB supporter or a fool. We live in a 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' society, and have for many years. It's just that it's all become so widespread and so contemptuous of public opinion. I hate hypocrisy, am none too keen on hypocrites and while I understand that it's all part of the system I just resent the smugness of Levy, the arrogance of the Labour Party and the pious sanctimonious Blair.

4 comments:

r morris said...

Scandal and politics are inseperable. Power corrupts all but the greatest of men and women. As long as filthy lucre pays such a big role in electing and influencing politicians, there is little hope for our systems.

Whether it be Clinton or Bush, Reagan or Carter, all of our leaders have had administrations tainted by whiffs (and usually entire lung-fulls) of scandal.

Unpremeditated said...

What interests me is that none of the other parties - save for the Scots Nats, obviously - have really tried to make any capital out of this. The absence of action strongly suggests that everybody in politics knows that they are all equally in the mire when it comes to promoting their more "generous" supporters to the peerage. What is astonishing is that while most other parliamentarians realised there was something unsavoury about this, Blair could see no problem at all.

skeeble said...

Hi Richard - Simon Keeble. Came across your latest book in Borders this week. Congratulations!

Richard Havers said...

Hi Simon, which one?

Good to hear from you. Where in the world are you?

Cheers

Richard