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February 5th, 2008

MPs & Scandals

Posted in Not the Job by 200

I see our MPs are up in arms over one of their number being bugged by the police during a prison meeting with someone who was awaiting extradition to the United States on charges of supporting terrorism.

It seems that an MP who happened to be a childhood friend of the suspect visited him in prison to discuss how to get him off being deported. His conversation with the suspect was recorded without his knowledge. "How could this be allowed to happen", "Who was responsible?" "Did government ministers approve this?" These questions are bouncing round the walls of Westminster this week as everyone there displays their shock & horror that a 40-year-old protocol appears to have been unilaterally binned by the police.

I am somewhat surprised that there is an expectation that an MP is sacrosanct from intelligence/evidence gathering, especially given the performance of quite a few MPs who appear to be far from untainted when it comes to both criminal and ethical transgressions. After all, it’s not as if any of them have ever served prison sentences for serious crimes, or alleged to have made personal profit from involvement with mass murderers, or illegally taking money to ask questions in the House, or profited to the tune of hundreds of thousands by employing members of their family to do work which didn’t exist, or authorised bribes to sell arms, or became embroiled in sex scandals (sorry too many links to list them all), etc, etc, ad infinitum.

Given the amount of alleged criminal, deceitful & downright unethical behaviour from such a small group of individuals, I think they’ve got a bloody cheek to expect to be left alone when it comes to criminal investigations, by whatever method of evidence-gathering.