The Conservative attitude towards business, money and their personal enrichment has long been alluded to over the years. They have been described as venal, stupidly larcenous, guilty; all the usual attributes of a group interested only in their personal enrichment, as well as those of their supporters. Whilst not attempting to excuse some aspects of SOME Tory M.P.s as well as SOME Tory Peers, I think that on the whole they are a pretty average bunch, accustomed to supping well from the public trough but not adopting the vicious tactics of smear campaigns in defence of their actions whenever discovered or uncovered.
As with the Tories, so with some of the Labour group in Westminster. You may be surprised to hear that I do accept that there are principled M.P.s on the side of the ‘Red Flag’; those such as Denis Skinner, Frank Field, Bob Marshall-Andrews and a sprinkling of colleagues who have not been contaminated by the Labour plague which has been divulged by the Telegraph ahead of the official ( and of course redacted) publication of all the expenses paid for by the British Taxpayer.
But I would make a special comment, and that is reserved for just one member of the unholy cabal which at present sits preening it’s collective vulture feathers in their palatial homes and apartments, and that is of course Harriet Harman, the Queen Bee of the Commons, or as named by Theresa May back in 2007 as one of the Three Wise Monkeys (she didn’t state which one was Harriet). During a painful interview on this morning’s Today programme, in which she was attempting to defend the indefensible, which was the wholesale looting undertaken by M.P.s under the general title of ‘Expenses’, she twice referred to one M.P. in particular, Derek Conway M.P., as being particularly deserving of condemnation. Now as most may remember, Derek Conway was the M.P. who attempted to pay two of his sons as office researchers and assistants, despite there being little evidence of any work done, or even presence of either son at the office. But he was suspended from the House, his own Party withdrew the Whip, and he was forced to pay back a large chunk of the cash; he was also de-selected from his local Party Association.
But my point about Harriet’s condemnation of Conway is that it was made, as I heard it, in a vindictive and pointed manner because it was a ‘Tory M.P.’ and it ‘should be noted that he did it’. An acid remark, made twice, because she wished to make a point about an M.P. who has already been punished in public; and a remark which might well rebound on the Queen Bee when next she takes questions on her own attitude towards bribes, taking money under false pretences, and other related activities!