Skip to main content

Jobs for the Boys

The supposedly shocking scandal of Derek Conway handing over tens of thousands of Pounds to his own family has certainly cheered up the nation.

I mean, obviously the cash element is rather annoying, and one can only hope that he will be forced to pay back a bit more than the GBP 13,000 than has been his current sanction, together with his suspension from the House.

However, who could resist the rather louche Henry Conway? A totally unashamed hedonist, seemingly focussed only on the fripperies of life: parties, fashion and his boyfriends. I mean, we might have been able to forgive Conway pere had his son been a charity worker or a brain surgeon, but the host of the "F**k off, I'm Rich" Party (as it has been universally noted in every newspaper), seemed to have no redeeming virtues.

The problem for David Cameron is, of course, that a significant number of people think that he himself is far more like the Conway boys than he is like the rest of us. Arrogant, and filled with a sense of entitlement, and even perhaps a little ambiguous with regard to money. As products of the public school system, either of the two Conway sons or Henry's "close friend", the fabulously named Mr. Pratte could have been nominated as "the Parasite's Parasite".

It hurts Mr. Cameron, and despite the punishment that he has now inflicted on Conway senior, the delay in reaching the conclusion that he did simply highlights the understanding that Cameron would have beeen prepared to show, had but the media allowed.

The media, of course, did not allow, and this is a timely reminder of the fragility of Mr. Cameron's own position. The public revulsion at the greed of the Conway family is overlaid with envy and anger at the lifestyle of the two sons. The problem for Mr. Cameron is that many people, probably unfairly, regard Mr. Cameron himself as being very much in the same gilded group as the Conway sons.

And they are not popular.

Comments

Wheatley said…
You do bang on about Tory dodginess a bit old pal. What about Scottish Labour muck?

BTW, I have finally tried to join in this Blogsphere stuff - under Wheatley and perhaps (not that I know how the link thing works) through the name "downwiththeenlightenment"

Chin, Chin,

Wheatley
Newmania said…
Yes it was refreshing to see two candidates who had dragged themselves up from the gutter sort the Lib Dem Boss-ship out over beer and sarnies.
Its true that the Conservative Party has a problem promoting working class candidates. The Lib Dems on the other hand have a huge problem attracting working class votes.

I,for example, am far prolier than thou.
Cicero said…
No, I think you missed the point, Newmania, it is not the Public School thing as such, it is the jeunesse doree thing- the hedonism- that gets up peoples noses.

Wheatley- like the new blog- keep it up! My loathing for Scottish labour (and the SNP) makes it very difficult to write about them at all without getting a billious attack, but rest assured, I will be doing something on them soon...
Newmania said…
jeunesse dorée - Nice

Gets up your nose you mean. I think the English are awfuly forgiving of those who enjoy themselves and bored by santimonious thin lipped sermonisers.


But then you wouldn`t understand the English would you and the Pictish horde are quite quite different , especially about money.

Popular posts from this blog

Cicero ReDux

By Special Request of Baroness Scott and Mark Valladares... Cicero's Songs returns: bigger, longer and uncut.
October 1st marked the half way point of the Estonian Presidency of the European Union.  Perhaps for many people such an anniversary is of passing interest at best.  Yet the conduct of the Estonian Presidency is reinforcing just how forward looking and innovative the most northerly of the Baltic States has become.
Estonia is a country that wants to live in the future, and with its openness and innovation, that future seems a lot closer than almost anywhere else in Europe
It is not that Estonia does not “do” the past: the picturesque cobbled streets of old Tallinn have tourist crowds a-plenty enjoying the mediaeval architecture in an Indian summer of sunshine and blue skies.  The real point is that Estonia refuses to be a prisoner of its past. Lennart Meri, Estonia’s President in the 1990s- who spent years of his childhood in Siberia- once told me that the country had to conc…

The American National nightmare becomes a global nightmare

It is a basic contention of this blog that Donald J Trump is not fit for office.

A crooked real estate developer with a dubious past and highly questionable finances. he has systematically lied his way into financial or other advantage. His personal qualities include vulgarity, sexual assault allegations and fraudulent statements on almost every subject. 

He lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes.

He has, of course, been under criminal investigation practically since before he took the oath of office. The indictment of some of closest advisers is just the beginning. His track record suggests that in due course there is no action he will not take, whether illegal or unconstitutional in order to derail his own inevitable impeachment and the indictments that must surely follow the successful investigation of Robert Mueller into his connections with Russia.

However, all of that is a matter for the American people. 

It is also a matter for the American people that Trump is cheating…

In praise of off-shore tax havens

The last few years has seen a spate of "scandals" about the use of off-shore tax havens. The hacking and subsequent leaking of data about who does and does not hold assets in off-shore jurisdictions has become an old perennial in the British press, rather like the "COLD weather happens in winter and QUITE HOT weather happens in summer", whose alarmist capital letter laced headlines are such a lazy part of contemporary "journalism". 

The increasing sophistication of the hackers, whether Russian-inspired or not, has resulted in a steady trickle of information becoming a torrent. After the relatively filleted release of data in the so-called "Panama Papers", the data release of the "Paradise Papers" is even larger.  Of course, just natural curiosity dictates that the off-shore ownership, or even just "ownership", of assets is of general public interest.  Celebrities, from the Royal family to the cast of Mrs Brown's Boys, are …