Thursday, 12 February 2009

Will Cameron hammer Labour for sleaze?

With news that Labour's four bent lords are not to face criminal prosecution for corruption, and that the Home Secretary will not face a standards investigation for snaffling dodgy expenses, it may appear that there's plenty of ammunition there for David Cameron to fire at Labour. But will he?

Peter Oborne believes that the political class have more in common with eachother than they have with us, the voters. If he is right, then Cameron will be disinclined to make political capital out of Labour's sleaze. MPs as a body may also be of the view that public intrusion into their misbehaviour has gone too far, that it's time to close ranks, and that refusing to take action against bent MPs uncovered by the media or bloggers is the best way to stop all the probing.

If there's a scintilla of truth in the above, it will do MPs and their dying parties no favours. The public have never been so far removed from the world of the political class, have never been more cynical about politicians and their dags, and have never been more disillusioned about standards of probity in Parliament.

I sincerely hope Cameron will declare his stand against sleaze, and excoriate Labour and any members of his own party found to be corrupt. But I won't hold my breath.

3 comments:

Chris said...

"MPs as a body may also be of the view [...] that refusing to take action against bent MPs uncovered by the media or bloggers is the best way to stop all the probing."

And what better way to elicit a Streisand Effect response from the blogosphere. Here's hoping that this one runs and runs.

Alfred the Ordinary said...

Sadly Cameron only addressed the lies about the financial crisis in PMQ yesterday. I recommend Peter Oborne's book "The Triumph of the Political Class". It is, IMO, an essential read for anyone who is a regular reader of this flavour of blog. After reading it you will understand Raedwald's comments much better.

I'm just waiting for my local library to get Oborne's next book "The Rise of Political Lying" which I'm told is equally as good.

coneyisland said...

My hope - and its only a faint hope - is that Cameron is keeping his powder dry on all this. After all, he doesn't need to stick his head, or that of his party's, above the parapet right now because Labour are doing all the damage for him, all on their own. Why get embroiled? Come in for the calculated kill just before the general election and leave no time for Labour to turn the tables back on him. It would make for a great strategy, but like I say, I ain't that hopeful.