UK Conservative cabinet minister Dr Liam Fox
has been hounded by the media in recent weeks. In the recent past there have been sniggering asides and innuendos reported by various media sources, hinting at his sexuality. That should not make one bit of difference if he is or is a good politician, doing his job well.However, his friendship with Adam Werritty has ultimately cost him his job, and in some ways his good name.
Dr Fox, even yesterday October 13, 2011, was maintaining that he waould not leave office and that there were no charges to answer. As more and more details were revealed, even to a lay person it was obvious that Dr Fox had broken the ministerial code of practice.
Not only was Mr Werritty present at meetings, when he probably should not have been, it began to be questioned just who was footing the bill for such jaunts?.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron was insistent yesterday that he would not be quick to judge Dr Fox but rather was prepared for internal findings to be revealed before he decoded what, if any, action to take. Dr Fox however, in choosing to resign today, has left many wondering what else could yet be revealed. Is it a case of he knows that more sensational information will be released and that there will be no escape?.
Of course he could simply have decided that enough was enough. The recent furore must have damaged his relationship with his wife and more.
As a senior Tory politician his fall will hit the coalition hard. He has been said to a very competent defence minister. That said the government already have a replacement in mind. Pundits are guessing that Transport Secretary Phillip Hammond will be quickly moved to Defence. For now it's a case of watch this space after all 24 hours is a long time in politics.
Speaking at the UK Tory conference Home Secretary Theresa May used various examples to show why she believes that the Human Rights Act should be scrapped in the UK. It had already been reported that she would announce her intention to scrap this EU Act.
Nick Clegg, deputy Prime Minister for the UK Coalition Government has previously said that the Act will remain in tact and it seems that veteran Tory, Ken Clarke, is with him on this score. Kenneth Clarke, who is the Justice Secretary and Ms May are definitely not singing from the same song sheet on this one.
What most of the media has picked up on though is one of Ms May's ill thought out examples.
She used an example of a Bolivian man who was not deported due to the fact that he had a cat. She claimed the cat had given him family status in the UK, protecting him from deportation. In true Tory style she assured the audience and viewers that she was telling the truth. As she said, she promised them this had happened. Now it seems it was a distortion of the facts at the very least if not a lie. What a surprise!
You have to wonder at the intelligence of politicians who fabricate the truth so blatantly. Do they not realise that sources can soon check facts out and many will be quick to publicise untruths.
One official on TV said he could categorically say that the cat was not the reason the man was allowed to stay in the UK. The pun was not wasted on me although I was not sure if it was intentional or just one of those funny things that happen.
Suffice to say May looks set on whittling away at UK Human Rights if she can. Perhaps this time though her own political bedfellows will not let her. After all the "Cat's out of the Bag" now.