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Who Blair Backs, And Why?

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Today the we find David Blunkett once again the centre of media attention.

This time the story concerns his directorship of a company, his ownserhip (via children) of shares in that company, and contracts between that company and his department whilst in government.

"The Tories say the directorship constitutes a conflict of interest because the firm is expected to bid for government contracts.

Article 5.1 of the ministerial code says: "Ministers must ensure that no conflict arises and, or appears to arise, between their public duties and their private interests, financial or otherwise."

The Tories also say he should sell the shares he bought for his family in the firm. "

David Laws, the Liberal Democrats' work and pensions spokesman, said he thought Mr Blunkett had "done something wrong" and that it was "a serious error of judgement".

Every criticism apart from actually saying the words "insider trading" (watch out, there's a lawyer about!) So what happens next:

"But Downing Street has strongly defended Mr Blunkett, who is said to have the prime minister's full support. "

We have been here before. Remember the Mandelson / Geoffrey Robinson:

"Mandelson’s department, the DTI, was investigating alleged irregularities in Mr Robinson's business affairs, but Mandelson did not declare the loan." http://www.cwn.org.uk/politics/mps/geoffre...resignation.htm

And Mandelson kept having to resign and then returning, always with Tony's confidence. Looks like Blunkett i set to do the same. The BBC article says MPs are questioning Blunkett's judgement. Really? How polite!

If anyone has a judgement issue is it not No 10? Think ablout it: Mandelson, the Iraq War, education white papers (there have been 12!), and now Blunkett.

Of course some might be less kind than me.

Some might consider the sort of people Tony likes to draw around him. A short, unphotogenic (tho granted bright and now deceased) foreign secretary, an education minister, just out of nappies, an unclosseted homosexual (let's face it, the public are still largely homophobic in many areas), a blind man, a fat, pugilistic and abrassive deputy. Some might say Tony has bad judgement. Others might say he has full confidence in anyone who could never succeed him. Not me of course. :D

All references (purple) : Blunkett urged to quit by Tories, BBC, 31/10/05

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Some might consider the sort of people Tony likes to draw around him. A short, unphotogenic (tho granted bright and now deceased) foreign secretary, an education minister, just out of nappies, an unclosseted homosexual (let's face it, the public are still largely homophobic in many areas), a blind man, a fat, pugilistic and abrassive deputy. Some might say Tony has bad judgement. Others might say he has full confidence in anyone who could never succeed him. Not me of course. :D

As Thatcher’s inspired prodigy it’s only fair that Blair follows suit and mentors his successor in his own image. Cameron seems the best bet so far.

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I don't see what Blunkett did wrong. After all as pension secretary he's secured his pension (£450,000 for a days work and a couple of nudges in the right direction after he returned to Government) which surely everyone in his cycle does all the time.

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