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Can he take much more?

December 15, 2004

So David Blunkett, UK Home Secretary, is again being hit with allegations of improper activities around visa applications.

For those who have not heard of him, David Blunkett is responsible for the establishment of several draconian measures including the UK’s equivalent of Camp X-Ray, Belmarsh Prison. He is also trying to push through ID cards which will hold biometric information.

“Weighing up the risks and benefits of identity cards is hard as it’s a really complicated issue. You don’t have to be absolutely for or against the plans in order to take action. Many groups don’t object to identity cards in principle but have serious reservations about how they are implemented. For example, you may want to make sure that while it should be compulsory to have identity cards, it shouldn’t be compulsory to carry them. ” – BBC

So back to these visa applications, the ‘Seven Principles of Public Life’, published by the House of Commons Committee of Standard in Public Life seem to have been largely violated if these allegations prove to be true:

“Selflessness
Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest. They should not do so in order to gain financial or other benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.”

I think the last part of this principle is important, benefits for themselves, their family or their friends.

“Integrity
Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation to outside individuals or organisations that might seek to influence them in the performance of their official duties. “

Well that’ s been blown out of the water. We may have Mr Blunkett under some sort of obligation to the alleged mother of his child who allegedly asked for visa applications to be processed quickly.

The other principles: Objectivity, Accountability, Openness, Honesty and Leadership.

I would certainly not question his Openness & Honesty as per his comments in his biograpy about his colleagues. As for Accountability, he will admit his faults. As a Leader, well he is leading by example. And of course he is being objective in his view of all he has done.

UPDATE:

He’s Gone!

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3 Comments
  1. Hookah - Hooka - Huka - Shisha permalink

    I was hoping this was a blog about shisha as the title suggested.

  2. Shapps permalink

    Apologies. I personally love shisha…but I have stopped since my daughter‘s birth.

  3. i love your blog, great !

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