The Conservative Party’s attitude to the revelations of sexual impropriety in the charity Oxfam is baffling.

Only a matter of months ago, the Tory Cabinet endured a wave of resignations – starting with that of Michael Fallon and ending with that of Damian Green – after revelations were made about their own behaviour.

Questions remain to be asked about the so-called “sex spreadsheet” containing the names of 36 Conservative MPs along with allegations of wrongdoing against them.

For example, Andrew Mitchell is on record has having said that Oxfam should be “held to account”. Will he be held to account for his own alleged behaviour, as detailed on the spreadsheet that entered the public domain last October?

None of this should be interpreted as suggesting that Oxfam and its workers are blameless, of course.

What about whistleblower Helen Evans’s claim that she informed the Charity Commission and the Tory government about concerns over improper behaviour in June 2015 and August 2015?

Kate Osamor MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, said: “The Charity Commission and government departments have serious questions to answer: why did they take no action in response to concerns raised by Helen Evans in June 2015 and August 2015? Are there other whistleblowers that have brought safeguarding concerns to the Charity Commission only to be ignored?

“It is crucial that we now understand how far this appalling scandal reaches, and whether the Charity Commission is operating effectively as an independent regulator.”

And a commenter to This Site, ‘Rotzeichen’, has stated: “Not a matter of months ago Tory ministers had to be forced out office due to public pressure, whilst they happily tried to sweep it all under the carpet.

“The underlying circumstances of the Tories postion on this should raise questions asking about the real Tory agenda here. Is it because they don’t like Oxfam that highlights the impact Neo-Liberal governments are having on poverty?”

When you see the Tories pontificating about Oxfam concealing evidence, ask yourself: When we they come clean about all the information on their own behaviour?


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