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Independence, Conservative style

July 4, 2021 5:45 PM
Originally published by Babergh South Suffolk Liberal Democrats

hy40 (Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash)Definition of Independence

the state of wanting or being able to do things for yourself and make your own decisions, without help or influence from other people:

Cambridge Dictionary

This government has, in our opinion , generated a general impression of an aura of sleaze based around dodgy practices awarding PPE contracts to friends and relatives , breaking the law on planning consents for party donors, awarding peerages to big party donors, the list goes on

One big scandal surrounded the lobbying by David Cameron on behalf of Lex Greensill which involved texts and responses from Rishi Sunak the Chancellor and drinks with Matt Hancock. Quite rightly this led to an outcry and the Prime Minister appointed an independent enquiry into what went on and whether there were any conflicts of interest

The man appointed by our Prime Minister was solicitor Nigel Boardman. Now we have never met the man and have no doubt he is a fine fellow and the man of the upmost probity.

However when having an independent investigation into the behaviour of Conservative politicians you would have thought it was important to leave no doubt that the investigator himself was clear of any risks of having conflicts of interest.

Here is some of Mr Boardman's CV

  • long-term partner at the international law firm Slaughter and May until 2019, (now a senior consultant at the firm). The Company is connected to the coronavirus loan scheme that David Cameron sought to access on behalf of Greensill Capital
  • a paid non-executive director to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • on the board of Arbuthnot bank, which has close ties to the Conservative party
  • in May 1986 stood as a Tory councillor in Junction ward in North Islington, North London.

At a time when the stock of our politicians continues to plumb new lows you would have thought the government would do all it can to build confidence in their openness and transparency.

Apparently not!