Big hitters talking sense

GOOD to see there are people in both parties who are able to talk some sense in these troubling times.

Margaret Beckett was absolutely right when she told Sky News that the Conservatives are making themselves vulnerable to the charge that they’re bullying the police in the Damian Green affair (“Greengate” anyone?).

And David Davis has actually managed to climb down from his high horse long enough to deliver some much-needed common sense from the Tory side by pointing out that those calling for the Speaker’s resignation are reducing the debate to nothing more than a squalid tribal battle.

I hope his party is listening. But I doubt it.

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10 responses to “Big hitters talking sense

  1. Rapunzel

    “Dominic Grieve, the Shadow Home Secretary, admits in an interview with the Telegraph that if the official has “done the leaking” then the Home Office has a right to sack him.
    He says that the whistleblower will “have to live by that choice.”
    Since it emerged that Mr Green, the shadow immigration minister, had been arrested as part of an investigation into Christopher Galley, a Home Office civil servant, the Conseravtives have defended the rights of whistleblowers to expose Government failings and cover-ups.
    However, Mr Grieve’s unexpected statement will be seen as the Tories distancing themselves from law-breaking.
    Some Labour ministers have accused David Cameron of condoning the illegal leaking of Whitehall documents – something he would have to then accept if he becomes Prime Minister.
    Mr Grieve said: “If he’s done the leaking, it’s quite clear the department has a right to dismiss him. Of course it does. It’s a breakdown of trust. He’s made a choice, and he will have to live by that choice.”

    Telegraph December 6th.

    Not a lot of support there then! Who’d be a whistleblower?

  2. James

    The Telegraph have today printed the top 100 geniuses.
    Whilst there are some British names amongst them, sadly NONE are politicians.

    We’re all doomed, I say……….

  3. Richard T

    With a bit of luck if he is being hung out to dry – and it certainly looks like it – then perhaps the wee bird may start to sing.

  4. Johnny Norfolk

    Tom

    You always have to return to the trenches.
    Instead of just going on about the Tories why dont you just sort your own party out.
    You are in government not the Tories but all you can do is avoid the topic by attacking Tories.
    You put the worst Speaker in place you can imagine. He may have been a good MP. I have no idea.
    As Speaker he is out of his depth, you could not have picked a worse one.
    I think you picked him as he would make Tories unhappy. In picking him it just proves what poor judgement Labour has.
    When a party has such a large majority the Speaker should come from the opposition.
    It would give balance not a dictatorship.

  5. labourboy

    Oi! Harris! I got ‘greengate’ down as a term first, thank you very much! You and politcalbetting.com are just eaters of my dust! 😉

  6. Chris' Wills

    @ labourboy

    Could you please explain what a gate has to do with this?

    Did someone purloin a gate?

    Is there a location and/or building whose name is suffixed by gate associated with the affair?

    An equiring mind wants to know how you came up with such a novel and catchy term.

  7. Labourboy

    There was a minor scandal way back when, commonly referred to as ‘Watergate’.

    Quite possibly Wikipedia may have something on this, if not then I fear it’s origins may be lost in the sands of time…

  8. Chris' Wills

    Well I remember Watergate, the actual break in that occured happened at the Watergate Complex.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watergate_scandal
    plus lots of other criminal activities such as goverment agencies wire-tapping people.

    Some US president was almost impeached.

    No connection springs to mind with this affair, especially as in watergate it was part of the goverment being naughty.

    Oh well.

  9. labourboy

    Ah well it’s kind of a running joke to a lot of people to refer to any sort of scandal as ‘xxx-gate’ – it’s just lazy journalistic shorthand. Presumably you didn’t know why yachtgate was referred to as yachtgate etc?

    It’s usage doesn’t seem to be related to the type of scandal that watergate did these days.

    Hence I joked that it shouldn’t be the Ashford One like Iain Dale was saying, but Greengate, simply because it sounded better and catchier.

    Obviously now it’s being used by various people, I’m joking – pretending people are copying me rather than making the same simple observation!

  10. Green-gate… what a terrible name.

    It’s so bad that i ‘ve used it as a title on by blog!

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