Rishi Sunak and his government gets away with it – yet again.
I think this comment on the latest Tory corruption saga is highly relevant:
Rishi Sunak broke parliament’s code of conduct, didn't declare his wife’s shareholding in a childcare company benefitting from govt policy.
No action taken – the breach was inadvertent.
What would happen if you inadvertently broke speed/parking rules?https://t.co/hD4eOeQhQp
— Prem Sikka (@premnsikka) August 24, 2023
Yes, this is the story of how a new government policy, announced in the spring Budget, was geared to give huge amounts of money to a childcare company in which Rishi Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty has shares; he and his family would have benefited – but he did not declare it.
This is a breach of the Ministerial Code and an investigation was duly requested.
Now, the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has reported back – and said the failure to declare the conflict of interest was “inadvertent”. No further action will be taken.
🚨 | NEW: Rishi Sunak has BREACHED Rule 6 of the MPs' Code of Conduct after failing to declare his wife's financial interest in a childminding agency that benefited from the March Budget
The Commissioner has NOT punished him – believing the failure was "out of confusion"
— Politics UK (@PolitlcsUK) August 23, 2023
In fairness, Sunak made a grovelling apology for failing to reveal that this government policy would make his family richer:
— Mirror Politics (@MirrorPolitics) August 24, 2023
And the Prime Minister’s press secretary has said: “The commissioner’s investigation into the Prime Minister’s declaration of interest has been resolved by way of rectification. The Prime Minister takes seriously his responsibilities to register and declare all relevant interests.”
That’s all very well, but Sunak and his family are set to benefit from his omission to mention this interest, and that isn’t right. Nobody should use a position of power to feather their own nest.
So Ms Murty’s firm should be excluded from the list of those that are to benefit from this government policy – if only to rid itself (and the Tory government) of the stain of corruption with which Sunak has tarred it. Right?
Isn’t it odd that we don’t see that happening?
And it seems Sunak leads a government that is guilty of serial inadvertency:
Jeremy Hunt forgot he owned seven flats, Jacob Rees-Mogg forgot he took a £6m loan, Theresa Villiers forgot she owned £70k-worth of Shell shares and Rishi Sunak forgot his wife owned shares in a childcare company. Bad run of memory lapses right there, guys.
— David__Osland (@David__Osland) August 24, 2023
That’s a lot of forgetfulness.
It encourages me to believe that none of these Tories are likely to remember important facts when they are needed – and this could cause serious harm to the UK and its people, given the seriousness of the crises we are currently being forced to endure.
By their own admission, Sunak and his party are not fit to govern.