Sunday, September 04, 2016
One scandal too many..?
I see that Labour MP Keith Vaz is in the spotlight today over allegations that he paid for two male prostitutes to visit his private apartments in London. If Vaz was single and didn't occupy a highly public Islamic apologist platform you could argue that this is a private matter; but since he's married with two kids and doesn't shy from the cameras on matters of ethics and morality I must conclude that he relishes skating on incredibly thin ice, which seems to have just cracked.
Vaz has held a number of ideological and political positions over the years that I disagree with; I would go so far as to say detest. And, as it says in a famous Chinese war manual, "if you wait by the river long enough the bodies of your enemies will float by". Back in the day it was Vaz who lead a march of Muslims in Leicester demanding that Salman Rushdie's book "Satanic Verses" be banned, clearly his "Islamic" credentials are no longer in question. His tenure in the House of Commons has been marred by numerous claims of fiscal irregularity, cronyism and conflicts of interest. He was even suspended from the house in 2002 over false and damaging allegations made by him about a Police officer of some 34 years standing over a matter that seemed very "provincial" to say the least. Of course he was in the thick of the expenses scandal and to cap it all he supported the anti-science motion sponsored by the loony-tunes David Tredinnick on continued NHS funding of homeopathy.
If true I think this scandal speaks directly to the credibility and trustworthiness of the man, enough is enough, he should be sacked from all positions of authority immediately, although I did also note that Corbin is distancing himself from the story and claiming "it's a private matter", another reason to question the judgement of the guy currently in charge of the Labour party too perhaps?
Posted by Steve Borthwick at 5:15 pm