I’m grateful to Steve at Skwawkbox for relieving me of some of the pressure from the multitude of article-worthy material currently flinging itself towards Vox Political with gay, “It’s Summer!”, abandon. I was going to write an article (or part of one) about the revelation that Grant Shapps tried to get officials in the Department for Communities and Local Government to cover up emails that showed he had misled Parliament. The story is here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/tory-chairman-grant-shapps-told-aides-to-suppress-emails-that-showed-he-misled-mps-8650263.html
So that’s Cameron, LieDS, Shapps (if that’s what he’s calling himself today), Jeremy Misprint Hunt – all guilty of lying to Parliament, which is contempt of Parliament, as revealed on Voc Political a few weeks ago. Perhaps, besides writing to the UKSA, we should write to the Speaker and the Standards Committee and ask why they’re turning a blind eye to it.
I’ve written recently about the gross abuse of statistics by the DWP and by Grant Shapps on behalf of the government, which led to public rebukes by Andrew Dilnot, the Chair of the UK Statistics Authority.
This is not aberrant behaviour. The Tory party has a strong track record of statistical distortion and even outright lies. David Cameron lied to Parliament last year about new private sector jobs created under his government (an offence that used to lead to automatic resignation if discovered). Last week, he was at it again.
During PMQs on Wednesday, during a typically woeful and arrogant performance in which he barely referred to an opposition question let alone answer one, Cameron was challenged by a Labour MP on the massive increase in A&E waiting times. Here’s the exchange:
Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South) (Lab): Yet again we have no answers from the Prime Minister, who blames…
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