Talent is the new immunity in politics

Never mind that you have taken taxpayers’ money that you’re not entitled to.

Never mind that you have lied for years about your circumstances to Parliamentary authorities.

Never mind that your self serving actions have required you to resign from the government benches in disgrace.

David Laws, as you are considered to be more talented than most others in the shallow pool of talent in the Westminster bubble inhabited by those of us in the political class, not a difficult feat in all honesty, take comfort from the pledge of this country’s leadership that the wrongs you have committed against the public will be set aside shortly and there is every expectation that you will be able to resume your government career before too long.

You’re concerned about public anger?  Pah, forget about that, David.  The public do not matter.  We are the political class and we will do what suits us best, a bit like you did actually.  We make the rules.  Notice how we pointedly diverted attention from what you did and talked you up with lavish messages of support?  We look after our own.  Our political needs are more important than the views of a few uppity voters who still think this is a democracy.  It’s rather quaint actually.  But it’s the order of things, you see?  Once you’re in the club, the committee will take care of you and the members will see you right.  Outsiders are of no relevance here.

If you’ve got talent then you are immune from being banished to the backbenches for the rest of your Parliamentary career.  We’ll just say bringing you back is in the national interest and the minions will fall into line.  Dave will see to it.

Chin up old chap.  See you back at Cabinet soon!

4 Responses to “Talent is the new immunity in politics”


  1. 1 WitteringsfromWitney 30/05/2010 at 8:17 pm

    Methinks AM that your warranted vitriol is wasted on the political class who are immune to the voice of the people.

    Me also thinks that other means are going to have to be used to reclaim those powers the political class have usurped over the years.

  2. 2 AJC 30/05/2010 at 8:26 pm

    AM you are quite correct. In a previous parliament David Laws knowingly presented false claims for expenses, taking advantage of a sloppy and corrupt system. For that, and that alone, he had to resign as a minister.

    Politicians can express regret for his personal fall from grace but would be well advised to stay clear of suggesting that he will soon be back in government. The privileges committee has yet to rule on his punishment – loss of office may not be considered sufficient although I believe, on the evidence thus far, it probably is. His constituents should also have the opportunity for a recall.

    There were many other case of fiddling on a similar scale in the previous parliament – in the Commons and the Lords – very few were pursued with sufficient vigour. We need a Judicial Commission to revisit this whole mess. It should not be left to newspapers and/or spinners to pick and choose who to out!

  3. 3 JohnRS 31/05/2010 at 9:40 am

    New politics?
    I think not.
    New piggies.
    Same old trough.


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