Sunday, 21 March 2010
Corruption at Third World Level Endemic throughout New Labour !
Gargantuan corruption on a scale normally only seen in the Third World has been revealed at the heart of the Labour Party, a new TV documentary has revealed.
The Conservative Party narrowly avoided the scandal only because a Tory MP realised that the operation by Channel 4 Dispatches programme was bogus.
The show secretly filmed a number of senior Labour MPs offering to use their influence in Government to influence legislation for private companies in return for cash.
Former Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt was filmed saying that for £3000 a day she could influence legislation in favour of anyone willing to pay.
She told the undercover film crew: “If you’ve got a client who needs a particular regulation removed, then we can often package that up [for a Minister].”
Former Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon promised to lead a delegation of clients to meet Ministers, and said that he wanted to turn his knowledge and contacts into “something that frankly makes money.” Mr Hoon also wanted £3000 a day for his services.
Labour MP Margaret Moran told the undercover investigators that she could call on a “girls’ gang” which included Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears, Caroline Flint and Harriet Harman, to influence laws on behalf of private companies.
Ms Moran also said she was able to influence immigration policy on behalf of clients. Initial reports say that this shocking claim has been cut from the final edit of the programme, to be broadcast tomorrow evening.
Ex-Transport Minister Stephen Byers was captured on film saying that he had managed to save “hundreds of millions of pounds” for the transport company National Express by using his influence with his successor Lord Adonis over a rail franchise.
“So between you and I,” Mr Byers told the undercover investigator, “I then spoke to Andrew Adonis, the Transport Secretary, and said, ‘Andrew, look, they’ve got a huge problem. Is there a way out of this?’ And then we, we sort of worked together — basically, the way he was comfortable doing it and you have to keep this very confidential yourself.”
Mr Byers also said that he had stepped in after Lucy Neville-Rolfe, the corporate and legal affairs chief at Tesco, rang him to say she was concerned about new food labelling rules being proposed by the Government.
“So you ring [Business Secretary] Peter Mandelson and say, ‘Peter, did you know what [Environment Secretary] Hilary Benn’s about to do? He’s going to introduce a regulation which is going to have this huge nightmare in every supermarket’.”
Mr Byers also boasted that he could arrange for Tony Blair to attend any events that companies might require.
“I see Tony Blair every month and you’ll probably find a lot of your clients really quite like him. If there’s an event… we could have a word with Tony, say come along for a drink,” Mr Byers said.
A number of Tory MPs were also invited to attend sessions with the fake consultancy set up by the Channel 4 team.
Most accepted, but one of them, Julie Kirkbridge, became suspicious that the consultant she met was not genuine.
Ms Kirkbridge then warned the Conservative whips who in turn forbade any other Tory MPs from attending the meeting.
One Conservative MP who does appear in the show is Bournemouth MP Sir John Butterfill. Reports also say that another Tory MP sent a “slightly embarrassing” email response.
Posted by Kevin Edwards at 20:37:00
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Let us bring this down to another level.
How many dodgy planning applications have we seen driven through by Labour Counsillors.
South Wales is diseased by dodgy planning approvals.
No wonder we see these posters across the area
"HE WHO PAYS WINS."
This cancer spreads from the top.
Liebour MP Nia Griffith jumps the queue on Tir Gofal funding whilst others have to wait years.
Wind farm applications are pushed through by Liebour councillors.
Infrastructure applications are rubber stamped by cloned Liebour councillors without risk assessments and public consultations.
Can you see the patterns.
Pay for my support and I will do something for you.
Mmmmmmmm familiar patterns.
Has the people woken up yet.
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