The Maria Miller affair is not going to go away; it appears to be the trigger point for renewed action on other matters.
Remember the “Recall” function we were promised, the one which was eventually mangled out of all recognition, then quietly ditched?
Miller has provided us with the perfect example of why it is necessary, and the sheer hypocrisy of politicians only adds to reinforce the demand.
How do we equate the Leveson inquiry and its recommendations on regulating the press, (who obviously can’t be allowed to police themselves), with the Miller fiasco, where a Parliamentary committee has overturned the ruling of an independent inquiry to almost exhonorate Miller of any wrongdoing?
Are we really saying that because they are MP’s, they can regulate themselves impartially?
I don’t think so! The first priority will be damage limitation, for Miller’s actions have exposed a fundamental weakness in the system – the arrogance of those in power!
Get involved! Join the fray! Petition for Recall at:-
After days of silence on the subject, the BBC has now joined in with the following video:-
Miller resignation ‘a question of honour’ – Baroness Boothroyd
Lady Boothroyd told the BBC: “I’m very disappointed, in fact I’m rather outraged about it.”
Outrage is what we need here, but use it effectively.
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This is beginning to look more and more like an episode from “The Thick of It”, but the humour is sadly missing, and this is reality, not fiction.
How to Hold MP’s Accountable also refers.
Its not often that I find a person that I would describe as a “Brazen Hussy”, but this description seems to fit very well indeed.
Lets take stock:-
She cheated on expenses.
The Telegraph was warned by Downing Street not to publish anything about it. Although the warning was later denied, the recording of the telephone conversation proved it happened.
She bullied and threatened the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) during its investigation, instead of cooperating with it.
The IPSA report recommended that Miller pay back £45,000
MPs of the Standards Committee reduced the figure to £5,800
Miller wanted a further reduction to only £4,000, which was refused.
She made a public apology as follows:-
“With permission, Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal statement in relation to today’s report. The report resulted from an allegation made by the member for Bassetlaw. The committee has dismissed his allegation. The committee has recommended that I apologise to the House for my attitude to the commissioner’s inquiries and I of course unreservedly apologise. I fully accept the recommendations of the committee and thank them for bringing this matter to an end.”
It seems apparent that Mrs Miller feels no remorse or contrition for her actions. She does not seem to realise that MP’s are Public Servants, and part of their job is to protect the interests of the electorate, not to ransack its funds.
Mrs Miller is a good example of an MP who has no business to be in office. She should be removed.
This may happen sooner rather than later.
As for Cameron, who insists on giving her his “warm support”?
I feel a U-turn coming on!
Eventually, he will have to do the decent thing, and
“Throw the Baggage Out”!