INTERNATIONAL DISREPUTE?

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:

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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 TradeLiam 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.[1][2][3] In 2007, when Fox was shadow Defence Secretary, they both attended a meeting with the Gulf Research Centre.[4][5] 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 SecretaryUrsula Brennan and latterly the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell.[6][7] 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.[8][9] 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.[111] One trip he took in November 2007 was declared two months late. Fox blamed a “changeover of staffing responsibilities” for this error.[112] 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.[111]

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…

Expenses

In March 2010, Fox appealed Sir Thomas Legg‘s decision that he had overclaimed £22,476 in mortgage interest payments. Fox immediately[105] 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.[106] 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.”[105] 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.[108]

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.[109] 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.”[110]

Liam Fox (l) and Adam Werritty

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.

32 thoughts on “INTERNATIONAL DISREPUTE?”

  1. That’ll larn him Tris.
    Though I doubt it will, given such calloused hide and chromed brass neck.
    I had forgotten many of those, ehh, indiscretions.

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    1. The good CALL ME DOCTOR has hardly any room in his closet for clothes, for it is full of skeletons.

      Everyone in public life has a few, but his are legend.

      He’d have been well advised not to bring up people making fools of themselves, their government and their party, when he surely got his doctorate in the art.

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  2. Like their constant harping on about “illegal” referendums, it really is rich coming from them.

    As for Nicola and Alex, I am quite prepared to wait for the eventual an inevitable outcome of the affair, as I have major objections to going off half-cocked, especially when matters are sub judice.

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    1. Well, this is another part of the argument this time.

      I mean even they can’t be stupid enough to promise us more power or devolution super plus or very nearly federalism… The “lead us don’t leave us” crap.

      Well, OK, the ghost of Gordon Brown probably can be that stupid, but surely no one else.

      So this time it has to be more devious stuff and with Gove and Johnson’s young girlfriend in the mix, I can imagine that there will be no depth that won’t be plumbed.

      Perhaps the good D O C T O R was a useful idiot in this attempt to put the pretendy parliament in McEdinburgh in its place.

      Still, it makes a nice change from him being a useless idiot.

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      1. I’m just reaing in The National that the Union Directorate né Union Unit is no more, after a short and unhappy life. It seems that the new committee within no. 10 that is to be formed will include the Bawris and the Govester (the latter, presumably, to give the committee extra gravitas and an insider’s view of what it means to be Scottish in Scotland).

        I predict that the new committee will be as much of a resounding success as the Union Directorate Unit thingmie. There can be no doubt among anyone that we Scots have a crying need to have it explained to us just what the benefits of the Union are exactly.

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        1. Oh… that didn’t last too long then. A few weeks and as many leaders and boom.

          I thought that the Haystack was the minister for the union, but I heard that they were going to make Gove miniter in charge.

          He even more unlikeable than Johnson, so I do hope so.

          He’s big headed enough to think he can sort it.

          But don;t go putting the union down, Ed.

          If it weren’t for England we could never afford to send an aircraft carrier to the South China Sea to put the world’s second biggest economy in its place.

          Just think how shameful that would be!

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          1. Oh yeah, isn’t that the aircraft carrier David Cameron decided we couldn’t afford the aircraft to put on it, so cancelled the order (twice, or at least that’s what I read; maybe he just wanted to make sure the Americans got the message). Anyway, Bawris had to borrow some aircraft from the said Americans to make the said aircraft carrier look like a proper British sabre for him to rattle at Xi Jinping, which goes to patriotically show that we Scots are capable of building white elephants to American standards.

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            1. I bet President Xi is fair shivering in his shoes.

              Struth, wǒ de zhōngguó tóngbāo (my fellow Chinese), the game’s up, the balls on the slates, the English are sending an aircraft carrier,

              我们投降 (we surrender)

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  3. All done in full view.
    The rabb demands the illegal take over of a country by the military STOP.
    He told the country of Russia to Shut UP.
    The slug patel says don’t book a holiday, media response, not much, Nicola gets pelters for not saying a date by the ‘journalists’ in the foreign owned Scottish media.
    The big flounder tells lies every Wednesday, misleads the mother of parliaments, response from the media and the speaker, nothing.
    I listened to the Covid Briefing yesterday, the poor manners asking questions on the spat, they can ask their questions elsewhere, Nicola had to apologise for them at the end.
    We have sent the aircraft carrier to the Pacific to pressure the Chinese with Borrowed aircraft from America.
    No questions about the waste of money by the cameron government on the subject of cancelling the order, twice.
    Strange people we have in government but not governing.
    The handcock’s defence was that it was none of the business of the people to ask him to publish the contracts in the legislated time, too busy to do it.
    Oh look, Scotland’s vaccination numbers are falling, williamson says it’s all going to plan in englandland even when their numbers are falling as well due to supply problems.
    Exams in englandland cancelled, it’s the fairest system, in Scotland it’s a crime.
    They must pick them very carefully that they can do things you and I would be embarrassed about, they just go quiet for a week or two then come back out in the media.
    The strange ex-government minister accused of sexual harassment is case in point, he isn’t being subject to trial by the ‘media’.
    Huge numbers of first vaccinations, 30% of the population BUTT only ONE percent actually have had the total planned and tested dose.
    The teachers are to go back to work without a vaccination and to work longer hours without any agreement
    Sounds like what they would call a failed state.
    Eventually we will get all the details of arm twisting to comply with the flounder’s non plan, probably after the usual 100 years of secrecy.
    Lets have our own parliament where we can hold the politicians to account, Fully.

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  4. As regards Fox, I’m afraid he is just one of many crooks in the Tory Party, but don’t expect a complicit, and corrupt, media to publicise any of their crimes, which in some cases have led to unnecessary deaths.
    They disgust me, and while the Scottish Government are not perfect, who is, at least they are doing their level best to ensure that as many of us as possible survive this dreadful pandemic.

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    1. Indeed. Whatever its faults, we can’t accuse the Scottish Government of the same general and thoroughgoing incompetence; general and systematic corruption; general, reflex mendacity; and general wilful neglect of ordinary people’s wellbeing that are the hallmarks of the Westminster regime.

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    2. … Yes and sex misdemeanors by the score too… Just over the last few years, so many of them.

      No party is without its miscreants but for heaven’s sake for the Tories to talk about being an embarrassment… and that buffoon in particular, is beyond parody.

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    1. Niko, you don’t half come away with some guff but, seriously, with an article by Alex Massie, arch anti-nationalst – to say the least of it – you’ve outdone yourself. ‘Noddy in Toyland’ would make for more serious reading.

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      1. I do. The Westminster regime titillates us with a major scandal every other week, and it sometimes seems even more often than that, and it’s taken the SNP Government three terms to come up with a single one worth the name.

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  5. Alex & Nicola 💔
    O hell! what have we here?
    A carrion Death, within whose empty eye
    There is a written scroll! I’ll read the writing.
    All that glistens is not gold;
    Often have you heard that told:
    Many a man his life hath sold
    But my outside to behold:
    Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
    Had you been as wise as bold,
    Young in limbs, in judgment old,
    Your answer had not been inscroll’d:
    Fare you well; your suit is cold

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    1. Hm. Merchant of Venice, Act 2, scene 7. Alex was never a suitor seeking Nicola’s hand in marriage, Niko! Though Nicola as Portia – I can see that, what with one thing and another.

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