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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

David Maddox: Why did it take Jack Straw so long to realise?

I've had a few e-mails about the continuing lobbygate saga particularly over the involvement of the former ministerial trio of Byers, Hoon and Hewitt.
One e-mail asks about Justice Secretary Jack Straw's comments today describing the three as "stupid."
Why, I was asked, has Mr Straw, who is supposed to be reasonably intelligent, not realise they were stupid when Geoff Hoon was responsible for the UK's defence, Stephen Byer's the transport infrastructure and Patricia Hewitt the English health service?
The answer could be that maybe he thought letting that sort of information out might cause general panic. Afterall you do want the people in charge to have a few grey cells to rub together.
But, maybe the truth is found in looking at the end of his comments.
They were "stupid" for "allowing themselves to be suckered in a sting like this."
So now we understand the UK government definition of stupidity: You are only stupid if you allow yourself to get caught.
If this was the thinking that underlied their policy on education and justice as well it might explain a few things.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Observer said...

Why don't you write stuff like this in your articles? I know you couldn't be as blatant in your view, the role of blogger is totally different from that of a journalist.

But you could drop a wee hint.

24 March 2010 12:49  
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