David Laws resigns and panic replacement arrives

David Laws didn’t have a leg to stand on regarding his expenses claims and he has done the right thing in the circumstances, resigning as Chief Secretary to the Treasury.  The first episode of Con-Lib coalition sleaze is now on the record, confirming the political class is far from rehabilitated.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

As if to show how disconnected these people are, just consider for a moment these two paragraphs taken from Laws’ resignation letter to David Cameron:

‘Secondly, while my recent problems were caused by my desire to keep my sexuality secret, the public is entitled to expect politicians to act with a sense of responsibility.

‘I cannot now escape the conclusion that what I have done was in some way wrong, even though I did not gain any financial benefit from keeping my relationship secret in this way.’

Was in some way wrong?  Damn right it was wrong.  Describing this man as in denial doesn’t come close to underlining his delusion.  This man used public funds for the sole purpose of trying to cover up the relationship between himself and his partner.  The payment of rent was a scam to hide the fact he was cohabiting with his lover.  Sure, he didn’t make a profit from it, but he was wrongly claiming taxpayers’ money.  How is that in any way right?  It is a pathetic mitigation.  Perhaps someone will be kind enough to send David Laws a moral compass.

It seems as if Danny Alexander, the recently appointed Secretary of State for Scotland, is replacing Laws.  It’s an interesting choice given Alexander’s main qualification, apart from being a good mate of Nick Clegg, is that he was Director of Communications for Britain in Europe (previously the European Movement).  The economy is in safe hands then…

David Laws: very sad, very wrong, completely unacceptable >>>

David Laws: Insipid political class circles the wagons >>>

6 Responses to “David Laws resigns and panic replacement arrives”

  1. 1 JohnRS 29/05/2010 at 9:31 pm

    One good decision (Laws out)
    One really bad one (Alexander in)

    But then CallMeDave just isnt conservative.

  2. 2 Alara Kenet 29/05/2010 at 10:17 pm

    It looks to me as if he did make a profit. £950 is over the odds for a flatshare in London. And there is this from the Telegraph ( http://lnk.sk/aqz0 ):-

    “Mr Laws’s [sic!] claims for a series of other expenses are also now expected to come under scrutiny. Between 2004 and 2008, he submitted regular claims, in rounded figures, for service and maintenance, repairs, utilities and other items.

    He typically claimed between £50 and £150 a month for utilities and £100 to £200 for maintenance. Receipts were not provided to back up the claims.

    However, in April 2008, the rules were changed and MPs had to provide receipts for any claims above £25. Mr Laws’s expense claims dropped sharply. For example, he claimed only £37 a month for utilities.”

    I suspect he knew exactly what he was doing. Don’t bother with the compass, he wouldn’t know what to do with it. (I’m not making any allowances this time)

  3. 3 robert 30/05/2010 at 8:49 am

    Never mind Laws’s letter of resignation, Dave’s letter back to him shows he doesn’t get it either.

  4. 4 Autonomous Mind 30/05/2010 at 10:02 am

    I hadn’t read Cameron’s letter until later. It’s not so much that he doesn’t get it, it’s the contempt he has for those who have been wronged that is disturbing. Very much a case of by the political class for the political class. The rest of us outside the bubble are unworthy and there merely to serve and keep our mouths shut. But else can we expect from a man detached from the real world who possesses a strong sense of entitlement?

  1. 1 David Laws: Insipid political class circles the wagons « Autonomous Mind Trackback on 30/05/2010 at 11:35 am
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