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Shouldn't really be allowed to stay yeah?
it's not really *that* bad, is it?
is pretty serious for a leading politician
But yes, it is not inidcative of good character.
I'd consider taking points for someone/ asking someone to take points for me though. Such a maverick. Of course, I'd totally chicken out of doing it, but I can very much understand the temptaton to twll a whi elie to save your licence.
He sounds like a fucking terrible driver, apart from anything else.
And by all accounts it has wrecked his relationship with his family. Stupid man
He wrecked his marriage to his wife... and then she dug this out and shafted him with it.
There's only one real lesson to be learnt here, to be honest, and it's `hell hath no fury like a woman scorned`.
seems to me that he was taking a huge risk for a relatively small gain. You would imagine that he must be a reasonable judge of character, and would know that his (now ex) wife might do this if she was scorned. Assume he also knew that there would be a chance they might split up because of his extra-marital rumpy.
Bless him. I feel a bit sorry for him to be honest but if there were ever an example of someone creating the architecture of their own downfall... this really is it.
I imagine it's not uncommon. Someone still got points, the gov still got their fine... there are worse things in the world.
for some reason I just can't seem to care about it though
is not good. Even if he remains a member of the party, I think we have seen the last of him in any meaningful political role
and gives the Tories and Labour a massive stick to beat them with on the doorstep during the by-election.
But if they want to keep him in then that's their choice.
and a member of a political party. You can make your own joke up here.
That they think no-one is beyond redemption?
I've made my views pretty clear before, but my major prejudice that is confirmed here, is that they believe actions should not have consequences.
he's basically a saint compared to the current party leadership
he then lied, and lied, and lied up until the point he realised (or rather his barrister realised) that he would have to plead guilty. The saddest thing is that it will make the public even more suspicious of MPs (if that is possible)
he is entitled to protest his innocence right up until the point at which it is plain he will be found guilty. We all are and that's a good thing.
However, it would be nice if our politicians were morally better than us and decided against doing that sort of thing, but well, er, hahahahahahahahaha
The problem is that we should be able to trust politicians to tell the truth (yes, I know, I know...) and when one of them tells blatant lies over and over again in a way that appears utterly convincing, it makes us realise that it must be a very natural skill for many of them
b) people who tell the truth at all times
I dunno why I'm trying to defend him. just find this whole thing a bit mental.
We have (IMO) a right to expect or at least ask all the organs of state to be beyond reproach, but they are just people at the end of the day which makes it nigh on impossible. And that's before you start thinking about what sort of person wants to be a politician or the reasons one may have for joining the police force.
par for the course.
presumably because when Labour romp home with a huge majority it'll completely ruin any credibility he tries to draw as a 'voice of the voiceless' type character
government never win byelections and they've just chased a disgraced libdem out of town
so any semi-competent labour suit should be able to gladhand their way to victory without breaking too much of a sweat anywhere in the country under those circumstances
I agree that Governing parties rarely win new seats, but Governments quite often retain by-election seats, and the situation of the coalition makes by-elections anomalous anyway.
I suspect Labour will stay out of campaigning heavily at the seat, as it would be more politically expedient to stay out and let the Libs and Cons bash each other over it.