Earlier in the week Tony Blair said David Blunkett had his full support. It was therefore only a matter of time, a ‘when’ rather than an ‘if’.
Sure enough, within a day he had resigned, again.
He quit over failing to abide by ministerial guidelines when he took paid work after resigning from the cabinet the first time.
Apparently, he took 3 directorships earning him something between £15,000 & £20,000 each and bought shares in one of them without taking advice from some ministerial office, which he was duty-bound to do.
Remarkably, Blair announced that his good friend had done nothing to resign over, although he accepted the resignation. So that would be nothing like avoiding parliamentary rules in the pursuit of personal wealth, then. Correct me if I’m wrong but he already had a full-time job, that of being an M.P. I also reckon that the only qualification for him being fast-tracked onto the boards of three separate companies is being a senior politician. Oh, and buying shares in the company? I expect he was going to donate the profits from those to some charity or other, like hell.
Getting the sack whilst trying to feather your own nest (like fast-tracking a private nanny’s visa application) once might be a mistake but doing it twice might be seen as careless.
I can imagine one man who won’t be sorry to see Blunkett go; a certain David Westwood, ex-chief constable of Humberside, whom Blunkett suspended in 2004 over matters relating to the Soham investigation after the chief’s own Police Authority refused to follow the wishes of Blunkett & the Home Office.
Still, I guess what goes around came around.