This morning – certainly not for first time – I saw Keith Vaz, MP put up by the BBC as a moral crusader. All of this is from wikipedia but I recall it from other media. But let us consider Mr Vaz’s record…
Shortly after being elected in 1989, Vaz led a march of thousands of Muslims in Leicester calling for Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses to be banned
So he doesn’t believe in freedom of speech – magic.
In February 1990, after a bombing attack by the IRA against a British Army recruiting centre in Leicester, Vaz publicly suggested that the Army had stored explosives on the premises.
So what? If the British Army are not allowed to stock explosives then what is the point of them?
In February 2000, the Parliamentary standards watchdog Elizabeth Filkin began an investigation after allegations that Vaz had accepted several thousand pounds from a solicitor, Sarosh Zaiwalla, which he had failed to declare. The allegations were made by Andrew Milne, a former partner of Zaiwalla and were denied by both Vaz and Zaiwalla. He was censured for a single allegation – that he had failed to register two payments worth £4,500 in total from solicitor Sarosh Zaiwalla. Elizabeth Filkin accused Vaz of blocking her investigation into eighteen of the allegations.
You and me couldn’t could we? We are the little people.
In January 2001, immigration minister Barbara Roche revealed in a written Commons reply that Vaz, along with Peter Mandelson and other MPs, had contacted the Home Office about the Hinduja brothers. She said that Vaz had made inquiries about when a decision on their application for citizenship could be expected.
On 25 January, Vaz had become the focus of Opposition questions about the Hinduja affair and many parliamentary questions were tabled, demanding that he fully disclose his role. Vaz said via a Foreign Office spokesman that he would be “fully prepared” to answer questions put to him by Sir Anthony Hammond QC who had been asked by the Prime Minister to carry out an inquiry into the affair.
Vaz had known the Hinduja brothers for some time; he had been present when the charitable Hinduja Foundation was set up in 1993, and also delivered a speech in 1998 when the brothers invited Tony and Cherie Blair to a Diwali celebration.
Conspiring with Mandy and the Hindujas and the Blairs… The fucker is guilty as sin.
But read the whole thing.
Because it gets worse and worse and Vaz is clearly a sheer crook. But I am up to 400 words and that is more than enough for a blog post.
So tell me why does the BBC (and others) regard Keith Vaz as a home of moral probity?
Because he isn’t?