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Not a classic scandal, but enjoyable nonetheless.
since Fox has traded on homophobia for years:
*I’m actually quite liberal when it comes to sexual matters. I just don’t want the gays flaunting it in front of me, which is what they would do*
but has their been any suggestion, other than innuendo, that Fox and this bloke are more than just mates?
It's just jokes, it's not like Hague, where there was real suspicion.
Seems a bit like the Andrew and Fergy situation, with this bloke flogging access to the MoD and going along for the ride.
into an accusation of full blown homophobia?
Also worth mentioning that it was Guido Fawkes who led the charge against Hague. Don't tell me he's writing for the Guardian now...
The rumours about Hague had been going around for years. Not that that makes it true, of course, but a lot of people believed it as one of those well known but not openly talked about things.
The scandal wasn't so much that they shared a hotel room but that Hague appointed someone so fundamentally inexperienced to a position with a civil service salary.
Especially that there's a massive age gap and Foxy met the fat lad when the fat lad was a student.
My theory is that Fox loves the boy but hasn't ever done him.
the remark that Werritty's ex-girlfriend 'might be able to shed light on the relationship' was particularly below the belt, I thought.
Illustrated with a shot of them both dressed identically FOR HIS WEDDING. Brilliant.
...and the other one.
was it a coincidence when at some point this weekend Guardian website frontpage had on the left "Fox faces allegations. .. " next to huge picture of Hugh Jackman with a headline "What are you? A poof?", presumably a quote from the Jackman interview, although my quick read did not spot such a quote.
where Armando Iannucci was talking about politicians half-apologising for things while using language that absolves them of responsibility ("sorry that offence was caused" etc.)?
Basically what Fox did: "a mistake to allow distinctions to be blurred between my professional responsibilities and my personal loyalties to a friend".
i.e. "it was a mistake for me to allow you dicks to act like dicks about me harmlessly kicking about with my best bud"
I'm waiting for the *I've been very naive* statement, looking forward to it.
By using it, you remove the subject (you) from the sentence and present the thing as a happening, rather than a direct action.
"Unfortunately, your vase has been damaged."
"Regretfully, the bedsheets have been soiled."
"Sadly your dirty knickers have been sniffed."
"Mistakes were made."
I was running to catch the train, when I saw the station attendant blow his whistle and signal the train off on its way, 2-3 minutes before time, according to the platform clock.
I asked him why HE had done that. He said that if the trains are full at rush hour, *they* often send them early to avoid delays further down the line. *THEY*! I just saw him do it and he says its something *THEY* do. take some responsibility you fucker.
if there wasn't anything in it.
without journalists setting fire to whatever they can lay their hands on.
not getting that "impression" at all. This whole thing isn't that weird given the nature of his job and why he is in this particular job (friends).
A few weeks ago someone asked me if I could get rid of any member of the government who it would be and I said Liam Fox!!!!!!!
what is he a doctor of?
He used to be a GP.
Or at least was; though it would make this all go away if he had to do a tour in Helmand.
ew imagine he was your doctor
The Guardian (which is the paper that has done the most to drive the story) is concentrating on the business relationship between the two, and whether there’s been a question of undue access/influence. The Daily Mail and the like have been making insinuations about the personal relationship between the two.
He qualified as a GP before he became an MP. As he still uses the title, I’m assuming that he still keeps up with his training registrations and memberships.
Particularly making the boy head of Dr Fox's charity-wot-didn't-do-any-charitable-work straight out of uni.
You would forever be living in the shadow of the real Dr. Fox.
Also, the clarification between Neil Fox and Liam Fox in his wikipedia entry is amazing:
Does that make David Davis chief mental Tory?
it (kind of) looks like it says "Poof" on the sign behind him (just below his ear)
lolz, bants, shabs etc
Do you see it yet?
Which means he is toast, probably at the next reshuffle.
for the deeply unpopular (to the rank and file members) cuts to the armed services, before dumping him.
I think Cameron wants to restrict the brief to one cabinet member only.
as having him there is a sop to the right-wing grassroots, sort of similar to having John Prescott in the New Labout cabinet - keeps an irritating wing of the party quiet, but is actual quite toothless. The fact he's fucked up massively just makes the situation even more appealing to Cameron.
Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer, preferably doing a shit job that discredits them in the eyes of their support base.
fox is gone
Pretty sure that he's denied being gay.
His name actually was Werrity, and the newscaster I'd heard the night before didn't have a lisp
you Dorries-supporting, anti-choice cunt.
even though they keep telling us the pie is smaller and there's less of it to go around
which went from a wide angled shot of him sitting on the desk thru a real slow zoom over the 5mins to a close up of his face
pretty harrowing let me tell you
and to slay the dastardly right wing backbenchers in the next one
Is this sooner or later into the Government's tenure than the first resignation from Blair's first cabinet? Who was it, Mandy?
Not surprising, safe pair of hands.
the Tory backbenches would have gone batshit mental, the liberals would have been simultaneously horrified that one of their elder statesman was the face of defence cuts (making them look weak on FP) whilst also wishing it was one of the MPs.
Also he;d have been fucking good at it, and as Major once said of another current elder statesman, better to have the bastard in the cabinet.
I see Justine Greening has Hammond's job, and Chloe Smith has Justine's - very young for a govt role. Also, poor Theresa V, passed over twice now, and her boss is someone who was once her junior.
Not on the front pages, anyhow.
Adam Werritty, the man at the centre of the Liam Fox cash-for-access scandal, has been involved in an audacious plot to topple Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, it was claimed last night.
The self-styled adviser to Mr Fox, whose close personal friendship with the former defence secretary led to Mr Fox's downfall, has visited Iran on several occasions and met Iranian opposition groups in Washington and London over the past few years, The Independent on Sunday has learnt.
Mr Werritty, 33, has been debriefed by MI6 about his travels and is so highly regarded by the Israeli intelligence service Mossad – who thought he was Mr Fox's chief of staff – that he was able to arrange meetings at the highest levels of the Israeli government, multiple sources have told The IoS.