Wednesday, 12 October 2011

I Thought Fox-Hunting was Illegal?

When the Liam Fox-Adam Werritty story first broke, this bunny was of the view that it was highly surreal and undeniably warranted Fox's departure, but would ultimately amount to little more than childish tittle-tattle. As for the numerous and various rumours about the Secretary of State's sex life, who cares?

Then further details began to emerge and this opinion was slowly revised - is it about sex, money or both? Has Werritty got something on Fox and why did the minister claim to be alone when his house got turned over last year? (this is now acknowledged to have been an untruth as a male friend was staying with him at the time). Why has the nature of Werritty's business interests conveniently overlapped Dr Fox's changing ministerial portfolio, from shadow health secretary to the defence brief? What the hell was he doing following a a former landlord and member of the government to Sri Lanka, handing out business cards as a supposed 'advisor' and staying in general decadence? (no, that isn't a euphemism by the way).

We could go on, but something, somewhere, is clearly less than kosher.

Anyway, probably the best thing someone in Fox's position can say (besides the words 'I resign') is nothing - I dunno if it was Dave's idea to wheel out notorious half-wit Chris Grayling for a televised defence of the beleaguered Defence Secretary, but given the lack of love lost between the PM and Foxy, it would make an awful lot of sense. That Grayling gets an absolute pasting from a BBC journalist and a Labour junior minister serves to illustrate painful limitations that should already have become clear to anyone who's seen him on television before.

A Libertarian government would of course make the utterly pointless department of Work and Pensions one of the first to be abolished. What you've just seen is a ringing endorsement of such a policy, and Fox, who could simply have gone quietly and at least managed the damage done to his career, must be wishing that the gormless Grayling hadn't driven a further nail into his coffin on live television, whether the attempt to help was sincere or otherwise. Take care and I'll catch you soon.


  1. What is the libertarian rationale for abolishing the DoW&P?

    A question of interest rather than of rhetoric.

  2. It's simple we hate pensioners! Scrounging old duffers.

  3. James, please be assured that last comment wasn't from this bunny. Imitation is the highest form of flattery I suppose.

    Rights concerning bullying, harrassment, breach of contract etc... are already covered by the law of the land and don't need a government department to duplicate them. As we migrated towards private provision and phased out the State pension, there would be no need for an army of State employees to oversee pension provision either, just an undertaking from the exchequer that money would be set aside to honour existing commitments.