WELL, WE CERTAINLY WOULDN’T WANT THAT, NOW WOULD WE?
So, we’ll try hard not to mention…
Matt Hancock being found guilty in a court of law over contracts handed out to mates… and yet NOT being sacked
Gavin Williamson breaking the official secrets act… and being sacked because, the then PM had at least SOME integrity.
Priti Patel and her secret meetings with the Israeli gov concerning paying them illegal money, about which she lied twice to the prime minister and her officials, and was sacked, because, once again the then prime minister had some integrity.
Boris illegally proroguing parliament, at considerable expense and lying to the head of state, for which of course he didn’t get sacked because by this time HE was prime minister and it is highly likely that he hasn’t ever heard the word “integrity”.
Oh yes and there’s this bloke … You may recognise him:
He was the defence secretary and he wanted to have his friend working with him in the Ministry of Defence, but he thought that maybe the prime minister of the day wouldn’t approve, because he too had at least some measure of integrity, so he didn’t tell him.
And so his friend didn’t get any security clearance to be in one of the most top secret departments of the government, wandering around like he owned it.
Well, best leave it to Wiki…
Adam Werritty (born 18 July 1978) is a Scottish businessman. Werritty is a friend of the former UK Secretary of State for Defence and ex Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox. He lived for a period in 2002 and 2003 at Fox’s London flat and was best man at his wedding in 2005. The two were also business associates who once held joint investments in the healthcare consultancy firm UK Health. Werritty was reportedly an adviser of Fox’s and is known to have accompanied him on at least 18 foreign business trips between 2009 and 2011. In 2007, when Fox was shadow Defence Secretary, they both attended a meeting with the Gulf Research Centre. Werritty was also appointed by Fox as the chief executive of the now disbanded conservative Atlanticist think-tank, “The Atlantic Bridge“.
Werritty made visits to Fox at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Whitehall on 22 occasions in 16 months; Werrity was not security-cleared with the MoD. Additionally, over a 17-month period, ending October 2011, Werritty was present at 40 of Fox’s 70 recorded engagements. The uncertain nature of Werritty’s relationship with Fox led to an investigation by senior civil servants, initially the MoD’s Permanent Secretary, Ursula Brennan and latterly the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell. Fox claimed that Werrity had never worked for him either in an official or unofficial capacity despite allegations that he was using a source of advice outside the Civil Service, paid for by private funds. Disclosure of increasing amounts of detail of their contact, funding and explanations of their relationship led to Fox’s resignation on 14 October 2011 in advance of O’Donnell’s report of his investigation.
Overview of all foreign trips with Fox
Between February 2009 and 2011 Werritty was in Fox’s company on many trips abroad:
- Israel, February 2009.
- Singapore, 4–6 June 2010.
- Dubai, 7–8 June 2010.
- Florida, 2–3 July 2010.
- Dubai, 6–8 August 2010.
- Washington DC September 2010
- Bahrain, 2–6 December 2010.
- Dubai, 17–22 December 2010.
- Hong Kong, 16–23 January 2011.
- Israel, 6–7 February.
- Switzerland, 17–21 February.
- Dubai, April 2011.
- Abu Dhabi, 14–18 April 2011.
- Florida/Washington, 22–25 May 2011.
- Hong Kong, 31 May – 1 June 2011.
- Singapore, 2–6 June 2011.
- Sri Lanka, July 2011.
- Dubai, 17 June 2011.
- Washington DC, 30 June – 3 July 2011.
- Spain, 5–9 August.
Honestly, DOCTOR Fox, you make Patel look like a rank amteur at corruption.
And from Liam Fox’s wiki page:
In March 2010, Fox admitted breaking parliamentary rules on two occasions by visiting Sri Lanka on a trip paid for by the Sri Lankan government without declaring the trip in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests in the required time of 30 days and failing to declare an interest in Sri Lanka when asking ministers how much UK aid had been given to Sri Lanka. Fox has declared all of his trips to Sri Lanka paid for by the Sri Lankan government in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. One trip he took in November 2007 was declared two months late. Fox blamed a “changeover of staffing responsibilities” for this error. Of the five trips to Sri Lanka mentioned in the BBC article, three were paid for fully by the Sri Lankan government. Those not paid in full by the Sri Lankan government were paid for by the Sri Lankan Development Trust.
Fox stated that he had been working for ‘all sides of the ethnic divide’: “I have been involved in attempts to promote peace and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, involving all sides of the ethnic divide, since I was a foreign minister in 1997. During my most recent visit, I spoke at a press conference to outline my reasons for being there. The declaration of the visit you refer to in November 2007 was highlighted in an end-of-year audit following a changeover of staffing responsibilities. The registrar was immediately notified and my register entry was updated accordingly. All visits have been fully declared on the House of Commons Register of Members’ Interests and are therefore public knowledge and entirely legitimate. I do, however, recognise that when asking one question in 2008, I should have noted an interest and will be writing to the registrar to make this clear”.
Then there’s this…
In March 2010, Fox appealed Sir Thomas Legg‘s decision that he had overclaimed £22,476 in mortgage interest payments. Fox immediately repaid the money, then appealed the decision. Fox’s appeal was rejected and the decision was upheld by Sir Paul Kennedy, a former high court judge. Fox stated that his decision to remortgage his second home to pay for redecorations and claim the higher interest repayments on his expenses represented value for money because he could have charged the taxpayer for the decorating bills directly. In his response, Sir Paul Kennedy stated: “What you claimed was not recoverable under the rules then in force. I entirely accept that, like many others, you could have made other claims if the fees office had rejected your claims for mortgage interest, and that you may well have spent some of what you raised by increasing your mortgage on your constituency home, but the evidence is imprecise, and my terms of reference only allow me to interfere if I find special reasons in your individual case showing that it would not be fair and equitable to require repayment, either at all or at the level recommended.” This reportedly made him the Conservative Shadow Cabinet member with the largest over-claim on expenses, and as a result, he has been forced to repay the most money.
It was reported in June 2009 that Fox claimed expenses of more than £19,000 over the previous four years for his mobile phone. Fox stated that the high bill was due to regular trips overseas, in his capacity as Shadow Defence Secretary and said he was looking for a cheaper tariff.
In October 2012, the Commons Speaker blocked the release of data showing which MPs were renting their homes to other MPs for financial gain. However, a study of parliamentary records was published in the Daily Telegraph. The study showed that Liam Fox receives rental income from his London home while simultaneously claiming rental income from the taxpayer to live at another residence.
In October 2013, documents showed that Fox claimed 3p for a 100 metre car trip a year earlier. He also made an additional 15 claims under £1 for car travel approved in 2012–13, two of which were for 24p and 44p. He told the Sunday People: “I don’t do my expenses. My office does them. But they are all done according to the rules for travel distances.”
If I had your record Mr Fox, I’d never again mention anyone bringing your united Kingdom into disrepute.
You really have made a dick of yourself.