Why is Daniel Kawczynski being allowed to get off with an apology after he drunkenly bullied civil servants over an IT issue?
He should be facing investigation with a view to demanding his resignation from Parliament. Right?
It’s not even his first bullying offence.
Kawczynski was forced to apologise, according to the BBC, after IT issues made it impossible for him to take part in discussions of a Parliamentary committee.
The independent report into his conduct said Mr Kawczynski had “repeatedly” contacted one of the complainants through the day on his personal mobile, and was “repeatedly aggressive, rude and impatient”.
As the day went on, it became clear he had consumed alcohol, it added.
Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards Kathryn Stone said Mr Kawczynski had also made “critical and untruthful comments” on a WhatsApp group shared with other committee members.
He got drunk, bullied one of the civil servants who had tried to help him, and lied about both of them to his colleagues.
And the only reason he apologised was because a second panel set up to determine what punishment he should accept told him to do so, after he had appealed against the (identical) decision of the first.
This is the bully who, in 2018, threatened legal action against an editor of the BBC’s Newsnight, Ian Katz, who had suggested that his defence of Saudi Arabia’s war of annihilation in Yemen might be linked to the size of his expenses budget whenever he took trips to that country.
In March 2020, tweeted support for his fellow Tory bully, Home Secretary Priti Patel, who was later found guilty of bullying civil servants by a Cabinet Office inquiry but went unpunished because Boris Johnson refused to accept the decision.
Perhaps he thought that, if she could get away with it, he could?
He is the entitled Tory bully who wanted to override the will of the Welsh people – and abolish the Welsh Assembly and its government – so he could visit the beach.
Wales has different Covid-19-related restrictions and at the time – May 2020 – these included a ban on people crossing the border from England.
The incident marked Kawczynski out as a fool because his nearest beach isn’t in Wales – it’s in the Wirral.
Then in December of 2020, he refused to make another Newsnight appearance for fear of “bullying” behaviour by presenter Emily Maitlis.
What a double-standard. He was happy to support the bully Priti Patel but changed his tune sharply when facing the prospect of being bullied himself.
And now this. And I haven’t even mentioned his other offences and alleged indiscretions.
Just to quote one example, in February 2020, he received a formal warning and reprimand from the Conservative Party – but did not have the whip withdrawn – after he shared a platform with right-wing populist politicians such as Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán and the former deputy prime minister of Italy Matteo Salvini.
He’s a serial offender. And his excuse for the latest was that he was drunk?
I should bleedin’ cocoa!
Source: Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski apologises for bullying over lockdown IT issues – BBC News
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He is my MP and, as a searing indictment of the world we live in, he will probably remain my MP after any election in the foreseeable future. I have had the misfortune to meet him, at an election count where I could not avoid it, and he is every bit as nasty and unpleasant as this story makes him out to be.
Using ‘I was drunk’ as a defence could, possibly, make sense if you were in a pub on a night out. When you are at work, as a politician, then no, it compounds the offence. In any other job of equal – or much lesser responsibility – you would be immediately sacked for being drunk at work..