The unimportance of being right in politics is proved again.
The Cassandras of 2003 on the dangers of the Qinetiq deal were ignored and they are ignored now. The perpetrator or this massive error is waltzing round TV studies as Lord Moonie the pundit.
Researcher David Lowry, MP Llew Smith and 34 other MPs complained vociferously that it is wrong to encumber taxpayers with liabilities while selling off public assets to the private sector. There were bitter exchanges on procedure with the Speaker as this major financial scandal was smuggled out in a hidden announcement. There was no significant debate at the time. The media were numb with indifference in spite of the matter having raised repeatedly on the floor of the House.
Lord Moonie now beams with 20/20 hindsight self satisfaction. It would educational for him to read his blind faith in the deal at the time. It would be helpful if just one journalist did the homework and exposed the culpable complacency of Government in 2003.
As always , no credit to David Lowry, Llew Smith et al. We were all right at the wrong time. Before the event. How foolish of us.
David Abrahams wanted to give money while protecting his privacy. He did not want to hunted and hounded by the jackals of the national press.
Labour party supporters are right to be furious that again we are being portrayed as the bad guys. Idiotic administrative failures of this kind do not compare to other scandals. Buying peerages is a utterly wrong. So is stuffing £50 notes in brown envelopes to ask PQs. Lobbyists treating politicians to buy votes is abominable.This is perceived to be worse than it is because it comes in the wake of other scandals involving party funding.
It happened before when the Tories went mad over sexual scandals. They were knocked off their 'back to basics- family values' pedestal by a serious of cases of matrimonial infidelities. Some of these bad news stories were strung out for weeks. Major ordered MPs to resign swiftly if another scandal broke.
It was the hapless MP Mr Hartley Booth who starred in their scandal free scandal. His researcher published a love poem he had written to her. There was no suggestion of any physical contact whatsoever. At worse, he may have had a naughty thought, But the hysteria won and he resigned never to hold office again. It was dubbed 'Coitus non-startus' or 'Hartley's seedless jam.'
There are worrying latent scandals now that have not stirred a ripple of interest among the tabloids. Are Lords Ashcroft and Laidlaw living abroad after promising to move to the UK as a condition of their peerages? Are they paying UK taxes? MP Gordon Prentice has raised this and has a bill to strip Lords of their peerages.
Why is no-one interested in exposing the truth of these scandal-rich scandals?