David Laws: Insipid political class circles the wagons

Any ordinary taxpaying voters feeling anger at the response to the David Laws matter by David Cameron and Nick Clegg are completely justified in feeling that way.  The response of the Prime Minister and his Lib Dem deputy to Laws’ resignation has been extraordinary, but unsurprising.

This is the political class at its worst, lauding one of its own who has defrauded the public, maintained a deception and demonstrated appalling judgement.  Consider this part of Cameron’s letter of reply to Laws:

The last 24 hours must have been extraordinarily difficult and painful.

You are a good and honourable man. I am sure that, throughout, you have been motivated by wanting to protect your privacy rather than anything else.

Your decision to resign from the government demonstrates the importance you attach to your integrity.

Cameron is clearly living on another planet.  Yes, that 24 hours must have been difficult and painful for David Laws, having had his sexuality discussed in the media in such lurid terms and seeing his partner turned into an object of media interest.  I sympathise about that.

But it wouldn’t have been an issue if he had not used taxpayers’ money to maintain his cover up, claiming for rent payments that were only made to give the impression he was renting a room, rather than cohabiting with his partner.  That was unacceptable.  How can Cameron describe Laws as good and honourable when the man has admitted misusing public money to serve his own interests?  It is nonsensical doublespeak from Cameron and it dismisses the wrongdoing against hard pressed taxpayers.  If David Laws had acted with integrity he wouldn’t have claimed taxpayers’ money as part of his cover up of his sexuality in the first place.  He wouldn’t have accepted the ministerial position knowing he was fleecing the public.  It is a funny kind of integrity that only surfaces after being caught out doing something wrong.

Cameron’s comments reveal the depth of the contempt his has for ordinary people he considers to be lesser individuals.  Harsh?  Well, you’ve seen the comments yourself.  How else can his comments be read?  But he is not alone in his dismissal of ordinary people who have been wronged.  His clone in the Cabinet, Nick Clegg, is no better, saying as he did in his response to the resignation:

When all is said and done, this has come about because of David’s intense desire to keep his own private life private.

Again, where is there acknowledgement of Laws’s wrongdoing?  In fact, Clegg, like Cameron, is talking about a desire to have Laws return to the government in the future.  He even says his admiration for Laws has increased in the last 24 hours!  These are people who were critical of Peter Mandelson’s in-out in-out shake it all about Cabinet career after his two resignations for wrongdoing.  Yet when it is one of their own, they exhibit a contradictory mindset.  Wrongdoing is black and white.  This is utter hypocrisy.  And let’s devote a moment to that fool David Steel, who said:

His mistake did not cost the taxpayer a penny since he could have been paying to rent a room elsewhere.

Oh give me strength.  This wasn’t a mistake by Laws, it was a calculated action to achieve a particular end.  It did cost the taxpayer money because the property he lived in was owned by his partner where he could live rent-free.  He wasn’t renting a room, he was cohabiting and the rent expenses were abused to maintain the cover up.  Steel is building a strawman by suggesting Laws’ choice was either pay rent to his partner to cover up his sexuality, or he would have had to live elsewhere at cost to the taxpayer.  Laws could have simply been true to himself, lived with his partner and not claimed rent at all.  Why should the public have to foot the bill for such personal decisions?

Despite all the words spoken by the political class about cleaning up politics, not misusing public money, reforming Parliament and being demonstrably open, accountable and transparent, we are seeing the top of the political class revert back to their troughing type.  Their interests are not the same as our interests.  We are just expected to fork over the money and shut up.  The political class is every bit as sleazy now as it was before.  Nothing has changed.  They are pretending that no wrongdoing has taken place.  The political class is talking down the fact tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayers’ money have been wrongly claimed by David Laws and instead spinning a line to the public that this man really didn’t do wrong by us.  But the fact is our money was misappropriated and we were wronged.  There is no honesty from the insipid climbers inside their insular, self serving Westminster bubble.

David Laws resigns and panic replacement arrives >>>

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

They just don’t get it, or just don’t want to get it >>>

6 Responses to “David Laws: Insipid political class circles the wagons”

  1. 1 jameshigham 30/05/2010 at 11:16 am

    Again, where is there acknowledgement of Laws’s wrongdoing?

    Which was, of course, the bottom line.

  2. 2 hugh ratzer 30/05/2010 at 11:17 am

    Yes indeed .The behavior and miserable whining of David Laws insults Tax Payers and Gays across the country. However the mindless babble of his fellow politicians in coming to his support shows them all for what they are.

  3. 3 robert 30/05/2010 at 12:10 pm

    I gather from this excellent post you are as angry as me.

    It is actually worse because neither Dave’s nor Nick’s expenses can pass the fragrance test. Rich boys in politics have no moral compass when it comes to money that constrain the rest of us.

    When you consider the corruption and sleeze in and around the Labour government it is no wonder that no Labour politician actually called for Laws to go.

    They live in a parallel universe untroubled by earthly problems until they meet voters. Then they change the rules.

  4. 4 JohnRS 30/05/2010 at 12:18 pm

    I’m am getting increasingly irritated by the chattering classes insisting on bringing together Laws’ sexuality with his financial misconduct as if there’s some link between them.

    I’m a fairly ordinary sort of person – so for the education of those who keep telling me what I should think – I dont give a flying f*** about whether Laws is gay, or not; or if he’s “out”, or not; or if he plays the banjo, or not; or any one of countless other separate things that he may or may not be doing. None of these are excuses, explanations or reasons for any of the others.

    However I do care deeply that he has been stealing my money.

    Dave, do you get it yet?

  5. 5 theroguetrooper 30/05/2010 at 2:54 pm

    Clearly normal service has resumed. The political class once again have shown nothing but contempt for the people of the UK.

  6. 6 WitteringsfromWitney 30/05/2010 at 4:29 pm

    As you say AM, nothing changes. And it will not change until the people take back the power that politicians have usurped. The only way this will happen is with the introduction of ‘direct democracy’ and the sooner the better.

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