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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Sir Alistair for the Misrepresentation of the People Act ?

Apologies to HSBC.

Amidst our
quest to find an MP who'll support the Misrepresentation of the People Act, Sir Alistair Graham, outgoing and outspoken chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, has agreed to an interview.

Over the years he's had his disagreements with the PM over policing Parliamentary standards...

HANSARD - 1 Dec 2004 : Column 624

Mr. Michael Howard (Folkestone and Hythe) (Con): On Monday, the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life repeated the Committee's view that allegations against Ministers should be considered by members of an independent panel, drawn up in agreement with the Opposition, which would be ready to act whenever an allegation is made. That recommendation was originally made in April 2003, and the Prime Minister rejected it. Will he now reconsider it?

The Prime Minister: No, for the reasons that we gave at that time. We believe that it is better, if an allegation is made, to appoint people on an individual basis and not to have a standing panel. That is the right way to do it. In this instance, we have someone of unimpeachable integrity who will examine all the facts of the case and come to a conclusion.

Mr. Howard: Let me tell the House what Sir Alistair Graham, the man appointed by the Prime Minister to chair this important Committee, said a couple of days ago:

    "The Committee was disappointed that the current Government did not take the opportunity to put this mechanism in place, particularly as it provides speedy and independent investigation of allegations against Ministers. Current events demonstrate the continuing practical relevance of adopting these recommendations."

The Prime Minister said that he wanted the highest standards in public life. He appointed the Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. The Committee has made clear recommendations. Why has not the Prime Minister accepted them?

The Prime Minister: We did not accept this recommendation because we believe that it is better to appoint people on an individual, case-by-case basis. The right hon. and learned Gentleman talks about the speed of the inquiry's being set up, but the allegations were made on the Sunday in the newspapers, and that day, at the insistence of the Home Secretary, somebody was appointed to examine them. I hope that the right hon. and learned Gentleman agrees that Sir Alan Budd is a man of independence and unimpeachable integrity. He will have the opportunity to look at the facts of the case and to make those facts known to the public. I cannot see what is wrong with that way of proceeding.

He talks the talk and his press office indicated he was ready to spill the beans on standards and accountability. Will he be in favour of the act ? We're taking bets. Naturally, we'll keep you posted.


  1. Even if he did support the Act - he can't get it into Parliament. You need an MP !

  2. You ought to shower him with gifts, polish his shoes, tell him he looks handsome

  3. The Promise of Happiness22 Mar 2007, 12:35:00

    Do you have a list of examples of politicians lying outright? The Thatcher example is close, but she didn't technically lie. I think you'd get more support if you had a list up :)

  4. The Promise of Happiness said...

    "Do you have a list of examples of politicians lying outright? I think you'd get more support if you had a list up"

    I'm not sure there'd be enough space on your website to list them all.

  5. Micky the Nose22 Mar 2007, 14:50:00

    I'll give you 3 to 1 odds he'll laugh all the way to his next position on a public company's board.

  6. And who would blame him? As he has seen, trying to keep the government in line is a thankless task ; )

  7. First Elizabeth Filkin, now poor Sir Alistair… It’s clear that the government has no intention of submitting to serious scrutiny from any regulatory body.