This video from Britain about a crisis in David Cameron‘s Conservative government in 2011 says about itself:
The row over Liam Fox has “distracted” the Ministry of Defence and is making it “very difficult” for staff to get on with their jobs, a Tory MP has said.
Senior civil servants investigating the defence secretary’s conduct have interviewed his friend Adam Werritty.
They were expected to ask him why he has joined Mr Fox on 18 overseas trips.
Number 10 has said serious mistakes were made and asked an internal inquiry to address “all remaining questions”.
Mr Cameron is understood to have discussed the findings of an interim report on the inquiry with Mr Fox, but is not expected to make a final decision on his future until he sees the full report, which is due on 21 October.
According to MoD records, Mr Werritty joined Mr Fox on a third of his overseas visits – 18 out of 48 – since he came to office in May 2010.
They included visits to Singapore, Bahrain,
After Liam Fox had to resign in disgrace from Cameron‘s government, he became a lobbyist for the bloody torturing Bahrain dictatorship. Now, he is back in Theresa May’s Conservative/Irish religious terrorist coalition government.
Mr Werritty also visited Tampa in Florida, where he dined with General John Allen, who has since become the head of Nato forces in Afghanistan.
In statement to MPs on Monday, Mr Fox apologised for allowing a “blurring” of his personal relationships and his professional life, but insisted he had done nothing materially wrong and had not put national security at risk.
But a businessman, Harvey Boulter, who was introduced to Mr Fox by Mr Werritty, has accused the defence secretary of telling a “half-truth” to the Commons about their meeting.
Mr Boulter told the BBC his meeting with Mr Fox was “pre-planned” and “pre-organised” and it was “nonsense” to suggest it had come about “accidentally” after he and Mr Werritty found themselves dining at nearby tables in a Dubai restaurant.
“The last thing that busy civil servants and busy uniformed staff need inside the MoD is this sort of distraction with their boss,” he said.
The MP said Mr Fox retained the support of his Conservative colleagues, but he added: “I was due to have a meeting in the Ministry of Defence on Monday, and it was clear that the fuss and the difficulty and the drama was making business very difficult to conduct.”
Mr Werritty, 34, was Mr Fox’s best man in 2005 and a former flatmate and also used to carry cards describing himself as an adviser to “the Rt Hon Liam Fox MP”.
But he had no formal or paid role at the MoD or the Conservative Party and little is known about how the visits were funded.
The Times has claimed Mr Werritty declared about £20,000 in income from his private companies over the past four years.
In Parliament, Mr Fox said Mr Werritty’s income was “not dependent on any transactional behaviour to maintain his income”.
The BBC’s deputy political editor James Landale said government sources had indicated that Mr Werritty had agreed to meet officials at a location outside London on Tuesday.
They said this was intended to be an initial conversation between the investigation team and Mr Werritty in order to help answer some outstanding questions.
‘Heart of trust’
Meanwhile, Labour has been stepping up the pressure on Mr Fox over the affair.
MP John Mann has asked the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to investigate allegations that the defence secretary allowed Mr Werritty to live rent-free and run a business from his expenses-funded property.
Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman demanded to know why the investigation into Mr Fox’s conduct was not being carried out by the independent adviser on ministerial standards, Sir Philip Mawer.
Speaking at deputy prime minister’s questions in the Commons she said the Ministerial Code of Conduct made clear it was not the role of senior civil servants, led by the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell, to enforce the code.
“Doesn’t this show that they are prepared to sacrifice high standards in public office to protect the Secretary of State?” she said.
“There is clearly a need for investigation, not least into whether Mr Werritty profited by his association with the Secretary of State. This goes to the heart of trust in government.”
But Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Sir Gus should be allowed to complete his work “so that the full facts can be made available to the prime minister and then decisions can be made”.
By Sam Tobin in Britain:
Monday, February 26, 2018
Liam Fox lambasted for ‘entirely false’ Corbyn claims
INTERNATIONAL Trade Secretary Liam Fox “should focus on his job” rather than spreading “entirely false” claims about Jeremy Corbyn, Labour said today.
Mr Fox used a TV appearance to claim the Labour leader had been “very useful” to the Soviet Union and had undermined British security.
He told BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show that left-wing Labour MPs had acted in a way that was “damaging” to Britain during the cold war.
Mr Fox outlandishly claimed: “It is very clear that Jeremy Corbyn and his fellow leftwingers were undermining the case for our security.”
A Labour Party spokesman responded: “Liam Fox should focus on his job and not give credence to claims that everyone knows are entirely false and ridiculous.”
Mr Fox was forced to resign as Defence Secretary in 2011 after revelations that his long-term aide Adam Werritty had joined him on official trips, despite having no official position or security clearance.
This comes after Tory vice-chairman Ben Bradley issued a grovelling apology to Mr Corbyn over the weekend for a “wholly untrue and false” tweet about the Labour leader’s alleged links to cold war spies.
The Mansfield MP was threatened with legal action by Mr Corbyn after falsely claiming he had “sold British secrets to communist spies.”
As part of his humiliating climbdown, Mr Bradley apologised on Twitter and made a “substantial” donation to a charity of Mr Corbyn’s choice, as well as paying his legal costs.
A spokeswoman for Mr Corbyn said: “Following the botched smear campaign against Jeremy, this case shows we are not going to let dangerous lies go unchallenged.”
Mr Bradley’s apology read: “I am very sorry for publishing this untrue and false statement and I have no hesitation in offering my unreserved and unconditional apology to Jeremy Corbyn for the distress I have caused him.”
Following Mr Bradley’s promotion in Theresa May’s January reshuffle, vile blog posts from 2012 emerged in which he suggested unemployed people should have vasectomies rather than having children.
The brainless ‘spying’ smears of the right-wing press. Tabloid attempts to associate Corbyn with a Czech spy have backfired predictably, writes TIM GOPSILL.
THE mass data collection regimes of Britain’s spy agencies lack proper oversight and are unlawful, a tribunal heard yesterday: here.