Posts Tagged ‘Corruption’

Ecclestone shouldn’t be able to bribe his way out of bribery – he should go to prison

by Michael Meacher.

It is shocking that Bernie Ecclestone could offer a £100m payment to walk free of a massive bribery case for which he was clearly guilty. He admitted he had given an official a £44m bribe in order to head off an investigation into his tax affairs, but when this is rumbled he gets away with […]

Cameron granting peerages for party donations is as corrupt as Lloyd George

by Michael Meacher.

It really stinks that Cameron’s latest list of peerages includes so many Tory party donors like the Asian jewellery tycoon who either personally or through his company has made 20 donations to the Tories in the last six years, and the Tory co-treasurer who has donated over £2.3 million to the party. This rancid exchange […]

Recall of MPs bill is a farce

by Michael Meacher.

Zac Goldsmith MP deserves credit for sponsoring a bill to introduce a mechanism for the recall of MPs and to ensure that it was effective. He won a vote in the Commons in support of the principle of his bill, but the government ignored it, as they have done in about 20 instances in this […]

Even with MPs, it’s only the small fry who get collared for fiddling their expenses

by Michael Meacher.

The fifth anniversary of the Daily Telegraph exposures about MPs’ expenses once again brings to mind that, like so many other cases involving the Establishment, it was the little people that got done over while the real culprits escaped free.   No-one can condone the offences for which half a dozen lesser known MPs were […]

Blair’s covert party machine and culture of manipulation to be exposed in new book

by Jon Lansman.

Last year a book was published – Power Trip A Decade of Policy, Plots and Spin which promised to reveal “the personal feuds, political plots, and media manipulation which lay at New Labour’s core“. It would be, promised its publishers, “a fascinating, funny, and at times shocking account of how government really works“. At the end […]

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 […]

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