All that corruption for nothing!
After so much effort from his Tory colleagues to save him from a 30-day suspension that might lead to a by-election, Owen Paterson has gone the whole hog:
Lobbyist Owen Paterson has quit his second job as an MP.
— Evolve Politics (@evolvepolitics) November 4, 2021
It seems he realised that he may face far more humiliation in a by-election than he does by simply bowing out gracelessly. And a few other calculations may have had something to do with it…
Owen Paterson should have been sacked. Boris Johnson should have resigned. Instead…
A carefully choreographed exit that harms neither.
That's show business!
— Art Crunchy (@ArtCrunchy) November 4, 2021
Yes indeed. Consider this:
Owen Paterson's resignation means he suffers no penalty whatsoever for his wrongdoing, and immediately collects a 24-year parliamentary pension higher than most salaries. In addition, he will no doubt soon find a portfolio of consultancy and non-executive director jobs.
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) November 4, 2021
Still, from his resignation speech, it seems a peek into his mind right now may reveal something like this:
— The Agitator (𝗡𝗘𝗪 𝗔𝗖𝗖𝗢𝗨𝗡𝗧) (@Agitate4Change) November 4, 2021
I mean, he thinks politics has been cruel – to him!
Did Owen Paterson really just quit by saying: “I will remain a public servant but outside the cruel world of politics." Excuse me. But YOU are this cruel world of politics. YOU took the bribe. YOU engaged in corruption. YOU did wrong. This is on you. Own it.
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) November 4, 2021
Normally I would not be giving space to might-as-well-be-Tory Labour berk Wes Streeting, but even I have to admit he makes a good point here:
Owen Paterson must be the first MP to have resigned because he believes he has done nothing wrong.
The last 24 hours have exposed the Prime Minister’s low standards, poor judgement and sleazy government.
One rule for them and another for the rest of us.
— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) November 4, 2021
And here’s another:
Paterson resigns i.e. had his resignation letter written for him and was forced out.
Referring to the “cruel world of politics” he remained self pitying to the end.
If you’re concerned about kindness mate, why did you become an MP for The Child Starving Party?
— Super Tanskiii (@supertanskiii) November 4, 2021
Possibly the best issue to raise about this whole sad farrago is that of the erstwhile North Shropshire MP’s former sponsors:
Here’s a picture of the corruption we’re dealing with:
– Paterson paid £500ph to advise for Randox
– Randox wins £133m contract for Covid testing without any other firms getting chance to bid
– Govt makes Randox tests mandatory for travel
– Randox reports £218m revenue (+85%)
— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaPurkiss) November 4, 2021
Given the above information, there’s an important question to be asked (by Old Git, below):
It'll be interesting to see whether those companies that were paying Owen Paterson £100k p.a. still think he's worth the money, now that he's no longer an MP.
If they don't, surely that would make it pretty clear what they were paying for.
— Old Git (@toooldforit) November 4, 2021
But will the repercussions rumble on?
So disgraced Tory MP Owen Patterson used to be the boss of Boris Johnson’s wife Carrie Johnson. This explains why the Tories were so desperate to get Patterson off his well deserved punishment for influence peddling #ToryCriminalsUnfitToGovern pic.twitter.com/866thf8ihb
— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) November 4, 2021
Aha! It seems Paterson may have a few secrets that may be worth something if he spills them.
Will he do a Dominic (Cummings) and stab his former boss in the back?
That would be fun, wouldn’t it?
Have YOU donated to my crowdfunding appeal, raising funds to fight false libel claims by TV celebrities who should know better? These court cases cost a lot of money so every penny will help ensure that wealth doesn’t beat justice.
Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:
Here are four ways to be sure you’re among the first to know what’s going on.
1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the left margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.
2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical
3) Like the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/VoxPolitical/
Join the Vox Political Facebook page.
4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at http://voxpoliticalonline.com
And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!
If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!
Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.
The Livingstone Presumption is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:
The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: