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Tit of the Day
Ben Gummer MP
Nepotism is a wonder, allowing as it does the mediocre and stupid to bubble to the top like a fart in a bath. Today’s gassy flatulence comes in the form of the son of John Gummer.
Gummer-minime was in the news a couple of months ago;
‘Every taxpayer should get an annual statement telling them where the money they gave the Treasury went, according to an MP.
Conservative Ben Gummer came up with the proposal after a think-tank suggested a similar policy in the United States’
- Jan 24,2012
Great! seems like he wants the people who pay for the government to know what it’s spent on. One might even call it freedom of information.
Unfortunately hypocrisy is not only endemic in the Tory party, something Mr Disraeli noted some 150 years ago and more -
‘A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.’ - Benjamin Disraeli, Mar. 3, 1845
- in the new Cameron-Clegg coalition the leaders break their word on an almost hourly basis and hypocrisy, dissembling and abuses of the democratic process have become almost compulsory.
When DWP ministers can lie whilst their department contributes to a growing number of deaths it might not seem too important that by March, 2012 , Ben Gummer is giving out a different message:
‘Conservative MP Ben Gummer asked about last week’s ruling, ordering the government to publish the transitional risk register for its NHS overhaul. He argued departments could stop drawing up full risk registers “because they know that Doomsday scenarios that have to be considered will be published”.
The MP suggested the commissioner’s office wanted “to see the world as they would like it to be… and not as it is” and the risk assessment’s publication would “skew debate to the point where public discourse becomes unbalanced”.’
Why the apparent contradiction?
Could it be to do with this:
Shadow education secretary Andy Burnham has accused the government of handing out
money “like confetti” to favoured projects, following reports that Conservative advisers put pressure on civil servants to fast-track funding for the charity providing advice to potential free school applicants.
But DWP does publish “guidance” for those companies setting out rules on how they are supposed to deal with job seekers, and that’s what has suddenly changed.
Luckily, Anton saved a cached copy of the document, which used to tell prime contractors this:
At some point on Friday, hours after Mr Grayling appeared on BBC radio to make those contentious claims about government-run Work Experience, paragraph 14 mysteriously disappeared and the remaining sections were renumbered.
The change was made quietly, and without explanation. Note that the updated version is still tagged as “V2.00″, with no reference to the update.
What is Gummer – minor’s attitude to the Taxpayers Alliance and their regular use of FOI?
The real reason this brown-tongued wannabe and his libertarian ( definition – someone who doesn’t believe in laws applying to them) mates are kicking up a fuss is because this government is terrified that it could become even more apparent that 2 years into this parliament:
- not a single flag ship policy has been successfully implemented
- not a single economic target has been hit
So the government resorts to the practices of tyrants through the ages LIE LOUDLY and bury the truth.
Gummer is better than some, no worse than many and is nominated as an example of the reason politics is increasingly held in contempt.
One or two hypocrites and placemen is bad enough, when Parliament is stuffed to the gunwhales with them any claims to democratic oversight and accountability are worth as much as the personal pledge of a Lib Dem leader, or the consistency of a minor minister.
Federal Judges Warn of Planned Budget Cuts’ Impact (New York Times) – So the special relationship also extends to running democracies in which the rule of law is unaffordable
Help for Student Borrowers (International Herald Tribune) – not a service for which I would have thought there’s much demand but now you know where to look should you need to borrow a student
Appeal: Attempted Robbery, Paddock, Huddersfield.(West Yorkshire Police)
I think I may have spotted a suspect
TV Listings – Channel 4: 23:55 Random Acts – Live from the DWP (with apologies for the background noise; hundreds of document shredders)
Lonely Prince Harry fears his ‘job’ as a Royal is standing in the way of finding his fairytale princess (Mail Online) – Excuse me while I throw up. Somone shouold tell the authors of this that you only get honours for cash
THE cast of Strictly Come Dancing have promised that the outfits are going to get even SMALLER next series. (The Sun) – let’s hope rumours are false that Fat Eric has been invited