I HAVE emailed David Cameron, telling him what I would like him to do with his defence minister Liam Fox. Needless to say, I am not expecting a reply, nor am I expecting him to accede to my suggestion to sack Mr Fox.
Mr Fox is not a naive teenager; he is a middle-aged, experienced politician, who ought to know better than to have his best man traipsing about with him whilst on government business.
First of all, it was wrong, for it creates distrust in the mind of Joe Public, not to mention giving a carte blanche opportunity for the media to make a laughing stock of the political system, and I won’t even mention the opposition.
The public are still recovering from the Murdoch inquiry, and the open back door to government ministers, including prime ministers.
Like Mickey Marley’s roundabout, one debacle of political embarrassment just follows another.
Like the rest of the world, we are in a financial crisis. We do not need distractions of this nature.
So, I say again to David Cameron, show Joe Public some honesty, integrity and leadership: sack your defence minister. The rest of his colleagues should hopefully get the message that it’s the public they have to please, not their cronies.
From the Profumo affair of the 1960s until the present, if I had the time and ability, I could write a book as thick as Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace on the corruptive political shenanigans of the last 50-plus years. It seems some things never change.