Tories tell the UK: ‘We are all corrupt; we are all Owen Paterson’

Master and servant: Owen Paterson with his boss, Peter Fitzgerald of Randox.

I see Countdown‘s Susie Dent still has her finger on the pulse of current affairs:

The question of the day is, did we learn anything from the vote to save Owen Paterson from a 30-day suspension as an MP that we didn’t know already?

Debatable, isn’t it?

We know why he had been recommended for suspension – or at least, we should…

Well… he may have been instrumental in getting Randox that contract. The real shocker is the fact that many of the Randox testing kits had to be withdrawn due to concerns about contamination – meaning care homes did not get the test kits they needed. And we know that the 30,000 or so care home deaths were a major controversy in the Covid-19 crisis.

But those are just consequences of his crime, which was simply to have undertaken paid lobbying for the companies that employed him – as Standards Committee member Chris Bryant made plain in his speech:

In fact, Bryant’s speech is well worth watching in full because it puts the whole situation in its proper context and damns those who have undermined Parliament’s processes in order to protect a corrupt colleague for bringing shame down upon all MPs:

 

We know why Paterson’s fellow Tory backbenchers wanted to stop it from happening: it made him vulnerable to a recall demand and to the possibility of losing his seat in a by-election.

We knew that he had claimed the investigation into his activities had been unfair and that worrying about it may have driven his wife to her death. It seems, however, that he had not suggested anything of the sort at the inquest into her death – so he was probably lying.

It seems his claim changes with the wind:

And others are getting in on the act:

We know that the decision to suspend the current process of independent investigation of MPs and replace it with a process whereby Tories investigate each other will result in corrupt decisions; look at the way Boris Johnson has ignored flagrant breaches of the Ministerial Code – including his own – because as prime minister he was responsible for policing such breaches.

Yes, but how do we do that, Howard?

It turns out that fully a quarter of the Tories who lined up to support Paterson – and corruption – have themselves corruptly broken Parliament’s rules:

The Tories were fully aware that they were exposing their own corruption to the gaze of the world – and were completely comfortable with it. Some of them appeared on television, attempting to dismiss criticisms by saying they were unhappy with the investigation system rather than with its findings against Paterson. And they were shot down as hypocrites:

And we now know that Labour under Keir Starmer is not interested in tackling Tory corruption because 28 Labour MPs failed to vote against the motion that got Paterson off the hook; if they had, the attempt to pervert Parliamentary justice would have failed.

Ultimately we know that, while this vote superficially helps Owen Paterson keep his job despite his corruption, the deeper effect is to further undermine faith that our elected government is trustworthy – a faith that has already been perilously eroded by all the previous corruptions of Boris Johnson and his crooked cronies:

And, knowing all of the above, we are absolutely incandescent with fury:

One thing we also knew – that came out strongly here – is that current Commons Speaker Lyndsay Hoyle is not strong enough to restrain the Tories’ corruption:

This is not over.

Parliament will now act on the amendment that protected Paterson (proposed by Andrea Leadsom, by the way; let’s make sure the right people get the blame).

We will see how the process unfolds. My guess is that it will scandalise and outrage the public to a huge degree – if they get to hear about it.

So please feel free to share this article – especially to people who voted for the shower of scum that was on display during this debate and vote.

Oh, and you can check how your own MP voted, here:

(Mine supported the corruption.)

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1 thought on “Tories tell the UK: ‘We are all corrupt; we are all Owen Paterson’

  1. Hecuba

    Little England is indeed a fascist dictatorship and democracy is non-existent! Instead we have a bunch of criminals operating our government and working hand in glove with greedy corporate companies!

    The real crooks are the fake MPs currently residing in Westminster and yet it continues to be disabled women and men, those individuals claiming state financial aid and not forgetting all those women and men who are supposedly ‘falsely’ claiming they are suffering from long term severe medical conditions who are the real ‘crooks!’

    News flash – become a tory MP and see how much money you can steal from the public purse because all that money belongs to the crooked tories!

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