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Rebekah Brooks and the hazards of political friendships

 
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 7:57 am    Post subject: Rebekah Brooks and the hazards of political friendships Reply with quote

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The Guardian - 15/05/12

The decision of the Crown Prosecution Service to charge Rebekah Brooks came early during a cabinet meeting, and will have sent an unwelcome chill through the room.

It is an occupational hazard of senior politicians that they become friends or acquaintances of individuals who attract the interest of law enforcers. Of course, these are only allegations at the moment, but sometimes the mud sticks and questions of judgment grow, sometimes not.

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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's all bringing back memories of...

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Tory "sleaze"

A number of political scandals in the 1990s (building on previous examples in the 1980s) created the impression of what is described in the British press as "sleaze": a perception, peaking towards the end of the Major era, that the Conservatives were associated with political corruption and hypocrisy. In particular the successful entrapment of Graham Riddick and David Tredinnick in the "cash for questions" scandal, the contemporaneous misconduct as a minister by Neil Hamilton (who lost a consequent libel action against The Guardian), and the convictions of former Cabinet member Jonathan Aitken and former party deputy chairman Jeffrey Archer for perjury in two separate cases leading to custodial sentences damaged the Conservatives' public reputation. Persistent unsubstantiated rumours about the activities of the party treasurer Michael Ashcroft did not help this impression.

At the same time a series of revelations about the private lives of various Conservative politicians also grabbed the headlines and both the media and the party's opponents made little attempt to clarify the distinction between financial conduct and private lives.

John Major's "Back to Basics" morality campaign back-fired on him by providing an excuse for the British media to expose "sleaze" within the Conservative Party and, most damagingly, within the Cabinet itself. A number of ministers were then revealed to have committed sexual indiscretions, and Major was forced by media pressure to dismiss them. In September 2002 it was revealed that, prior to his promotion to the cabinet, Major had himself had a longstanding extramarital affair with a fellow MP, Edwina Currie.


(From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_British_Conservative_Party)

Same Old Tories.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same Old Labour - Mandi's mortgage, etc., etc. ........................... I'll not waste my time Googling for the rest of the very long list from their last 13 years. You could say the same for the LibDems as well.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kenneal - lagger wrote:
Same Old Labour - Mandi's mortgage, etc., etc. ........................... I'll not waste my time Googling for the rest of the very long list from their last 13 years. You could say the same for the LibDems as well.

Very Happy I think we've all come to the same conclusion on PowerSwitch, Ken.

Currently, you couldn't fit a cigarette paper between the three main parties.

They're all a bunch of self-serving shysters. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 Aurora
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1

The lack of relevant qualifications and experience of those at the top is pretty astounding.

I suppose the right friends and the confidence to bulls*t is all that is required.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2012 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They don't actually have friends. Acquaintances, yes, even allies, but not friends.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A degree in politics and a spell as an aid/researcher to an MP is now almost essential for a top political job. Politicians have only done politics now just like teachers have only ever done teaching. Neither profession has ever been out in the big wide world to earn a living.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good many MPs (especially Tory ones) 'earn' more than a living outside whilst still being an MP.
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
A good many MPs (especially Tory ones) 'earn' more than a living outside whilst still being an MP.


And I'm sure that fact doesn't affect their position when their constituents interests are threatened at all?? Smile
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

biffvernon wrote:
A good many MPs (especially Tory ones) 'earn' more than a living outside whilst still being an MP.

The sort of jobs done by their ordinary constituents, so they know a bit about real life?
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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh sure, like my MP, Sir Peter Tapsell, who was, for 30 years and whilst a sitting MP, a member of the London Stock Exchange, a partner in a firm of stockbrokers and sometime financial adviser to the Sultan of Brunei. Just ordinary everyday jobs. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/mar/01/rebekah-brooks-rehired-rupert-murdoch-work-us-news-corp

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Rebekah Brooks about to be rehired by Rupert Murdoch for US operation

Sources say deal imminent as Brooks returns to News Corp to head up media mogulís quest for online investments, eight months after acquittal from phone-hacking charges

And so the show goes on. Rolling Eyes
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