Monday, 31 May 2010
Reflections 4 - What, they call it democracy?
One shooting star from this mingling of saliva to come a cropper, and quit quickly is of course David Laws, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, or rather he was! He resigned on 29 May 2010, fewer than three weeks into the job, following an expenses investigation by the Daily Telegraph newspaper. He is Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Yeovil, and what I would call a blue Liberal.
Now it’s interesting this accommodation that LibDem’s have with the Tories, and I don’t know why anyone should be surprised at this co-habitation, after all they share the same DNA as the Tories and some Labourites; in as much as they all support the holy capitalist cow!
I never took much notice of Laws, before he was propelled to the Treasury, and charged with using the hatchet-mans axe to cut the so-called deficit, which the coalition government says are needed to get Britain's structural deficit under control, and his departure is said to be a real blow to the Cameron collaborative coalition. Just weeks into office we really do have a good view of the privileged class that have taken the rains of government; how reviling it was that Laws is said to be one of the richest men in the House of Commons, following a career as an investment banker, becoming a Vice President at JP Morgan from 1987 to 1992 and then Managing Director, being the Head of US Dollar and Sterling Treasuries at Barclays de Zoete Wedd. So obviously when he had made enough cash and retiring from the city at the age of 28 pursuing what he would have simpletons’ believe was a calling into politics. There can be no mistake about this young mans real allegiance of sovereign loyalty; to the banks the city and capitalisms continuation.
And here’s the joke: he took over Paddy Ashdown's seat in Yeovil in 2001. Ashdown reportedly suspected him of being a Conservative mole in the party.
As we now know, Laws was a member of the negotiation team which worked out the deal with the Tories. His presence in the Treasury was, for George Osborne, something like manna from heaven, and he said:
"It was as if he had been put on earth to do the job that was asked of him."
The outpouring of grief from prominent Tories in regard to the demise of Laws is amazing, led by the Prime Minister and right-wingers such as Iain Duncan-Smith, who was forced out as Conservative leader five years ago, told a BBC television inquirer that Mr. Laws was “a thoroughly decent person” who had enormous talent and deserved a chance to return to public life. But his ascent has came to an abrupt end — or suspension, and it’s notable that admirers in all three major parties said they hoped he would return to government, a development that some thought could come within months?
What, they call it democracy?
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