Posts Tagged ‘Corruption’

MPs, press, police, bankers – none can be left to regulate themselves

by Michael Meacher.

Cameron’s obstinate defence of Maria Miller against the large majority of his own party and the public who want to be rid of her for her greed, arrogance and sheer callous disregard for decent standards in public life needs some explaining. Maybe he wanted to put in the knife himself in his own time in […]

Grant Shapps: four times asked to back Maria Miller and four times declines

by Jon Lansman.

Support for Maria Miller within the Tory party is disappearing fast. Take the Tory Chair, Grant Shapps for example. Interviewed this morning by John Pienaar on BBC Radio 5 Live (available for 7 days here, with quote below starting at 12:50), Shapps was asked four times whether he backed Maria Miller, whom Michael Meacher called […]

Maria Miller should resign or be sacked

by Michael Meacher.

It is shocking that Cameron, who has repeatedly said in the past that he is cleaning up on MPs’ expenses, now says he is giving “very warm support” to Maria Miller, the disgraced secretary of state for culture, media and sport. Miller, a haughty Tory lady of the grande dame variety, became an MP in […]

Jack Cunningham, accused by the Sunday Times of corruption, is welcomed back into the Labour Party

by Jon Lansman.

Readers will not be surprised to hear that Lord Cunningham of Felling, aka “Nuclear Jack” on account of his long and profitable relationship with the nuclear industry during his period as a Labour MP and minister, has been welcomed back into the Labour Party in spite of the accusation against him of corruption by the […]

Ten banks fined £130bn: time to restructure a corrupt and rotten system

by Michael Meacher.

The costs of gross misconduct by leading banks, including RBS and Lloyds, have been estimated by LSE research at £130bn in the 6 years to the end of 2013. That is significantly more than Britain’s total budget deficit (£111bn) and substantially more than the international aid budget supplied by the 24 richest countries (£80bn). More […]

Government gets into bed with gas industry

by Michael Meacher.

There are seemingly no limits to how far this government will crawl into the pockets of the private sector to do them a favour to maximise their profits at taxpayers’ expense. Greenpeace has just discovered via freedom of information (FOI) rules that a major state subsidy scheme for gas-fired power stations in the UK is […]

Bring back democracy to Labour’s conference and discipline corrupt party officials

by Michael Meacher.

Labour’s annual conference has long been a machine operation designed to showcase the Leader’s speech and to suppress any serious discussion of other controversial matters (and the Tory party conference is, if anything, even more orchestrated). It is done to convey a contented and anodyne impression for the television cameras, and the result is of […]

Why we could do without another MPs’ expenses scandal

by Jon Lansman.

The last MPs’ expenses scandal and continuing “cash for questions” exposés have revealed numerous cases of corruption and venality which rightly shocked the population. The media hysteria, however, failed to distinguish between the genuinely corrupt, the windfalls from an awful set of rules and the downright trivial. It muddled “expenses” with staff salaries and office […]

The Tory lobbying bill is worse than a joke, it’s an insult

by Michael Meacher.

There could hardly be a bill more deliberately mis-named and more cynically drafted than the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill published 4 days ago. It is riddled with more holes than a colander. It discriminatorily singles out trade unions for attack even though they are clearly campaigning organisations, not an […]

Who will spy on the spies, regulate the regulators and police the police?

by Michael Meacher.

The last few weeks have thrown up example after example how those with power have run rings round those who are supposed to call them to account. Yesterday we learnt that the police, shortly after the murder of Stephen Lawrence, tried to ‘smear’ his family, his friend who witnessed the murder, and campaigners protesting at […]

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