There’s something pretty rotten at the heart of British politics if you have to be told to resign from public positions after being declared bankrupt.
There’s something pretty rotten at the heart of British politics, if you imagine that it’s acceptable to remain in public office after being declared bankrupt.
There’s something pretty rotten at the heart of Conservatism when the British Prime Minister presides over a system which treats its cronies differently and exempts them from the formalities to which the rest of us are subject. No 10 Downing Street has presided over such a situation in the matter of bankrupt Tony Caplin (there’s a name to conjure with!) as a long standing member and more recently chairman of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) quango doling out billions of pounds. Mr Caplin remained on the PWLB for almost two years after being made bankrupt. Are we to believe that those responsible for his appointment really did not know, and that they were not trying to brazen out the situation? The alternative is that they are seriously incompetent!
Tony Caplin, bankrupt Cameron crony
The privileged position of Tony Caplin is akin to that (for example) of Jimmy Savile; he died seven years after the last government introduced all those tiresome checks inflicted on us ordinary mortals but no one in authority in various hospitals, childrens’ homes or the BBC said: “Sir Jimmy may I see your CRB certificate the next time you come before we let you in?”
As I previously wrote here: There are two elements to public service whether elective or by appointment:
1. To DO the right thing
2. To be SEEN to do the right thing.
The second element is too widely disregarded . . . assuming that public servants (politicians in particular) are even aware of it! Had MPs (and Lords) kept this second element at the forefront of their minds, instead of assuming that they would never be exposed, a number of recent scandals might have been avoided. Had Messrs Cameron & Caplin kept this second element in mind, we would have been spared this latest British political fiasco!
READ THE MAIL ON SUNDAY’S REPORT HERE: