Saturday, January 15, 2011

Where Did They Go?

Having received a short lecture in Cabinet last week about the greedy excesses of bankers from Labour's Councillor Watkins, where I wonder did all these former members of Gordon Brown's last Labour government find new jobs between now and last May?

Lord Daviesh – Former Minister for Trade Promotion and Investment
Ruth Kelly – Former Secretary of State Department for Transport
Lord Malloch-Brown – Former Minister of State Foreign Office
Lord Myners- Former Financial Services Secretary
Ian Pearson - Former Economic Secretary HM Treasury
Jacqui Smith – Former Home Secretary
Baroness Vadera – Former Under-Secretary of State Enterprise
Admiral West – Former Under-Secretary of State Counter-terrorism

I think you've probably guessed the answer. With the remarkable exception of the former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, who is loyally serving his constituents in a remote part of Scotland, all the above have found lucrative new employment and one must conjecture, generous bonuses among the very same group that Labour blames for all our woes.

I'm only surprised that David Miliband hasn't joined them but then again £50,000 a year as a non-exec Director of Sunderland isn't bad pocket money as long as they don't ask him to play and there's a certain inevitability that when Labour have discovered what a disastrous choice they've made with brother Ed, his star will rise again!


Anonymous said...

anon again!
Oh dear, what happened in Oldham/Saddleworth doesn't reflect the rest of the Country then.

I wonder what Mr Cameron will be doing in 5 years, maybe Senior Thanet Leader or something similar.
Do you get a bonus for being that sort of figurehead?

If they removed jealousy & greed from Politics & Banks, Britain would be a grand place to live in.

Political Popularity, is a fashion thing, it will wear thin and change very quickly if it does not gain more favour. Like the Chav's dumping their Pitbulls everywhere.

DrM. said...

It occurs to me that Oldham reflects a reluctance on the part of the electorate to accept that difficult times require difficult measures and short memories too. Labour still refuses to say where they would have made cuts beyond insisting that the Conservative approach is too radical. Consider for one moment that there are two parties in Government and one in opposition

Finally, I was simply pointing out that while its in vogue to knock the bankers, former Ministers are quite happy to join them and enjoy the benefits of a socialist career.

The problem for most if not the majority of Labour politicians is that s few had any form of well-paid career prior to joining government, local or central. The common route being trade unions, quangos, local councils, parliamentary researcher and so on.

Many Conservative politicians accept a salary cut to become an MP but for rather too many Labour politicians, it represents a reward that they could never achieve for their talents in the private sector.

I'll give you one fine example, our European Union High Representative, Baroness Ashton. What has she ever done to merit her post and would she ever get an equivalent role of responsibility in the real world? Draw your own conclusions!

Between 1977 and 1983 Ashton worked for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) as an administrator and in 1982 was elected as its national treasurer and subsequently as one of its vice-chairs. From 1979 to 1981 she was Business Manager of The Coverdale Organisation, a management consultancy.[13][14] As of 1983 she worked for the Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work.[15] From 1983 to 1989 she was Director of Business in the Community working with business to tackle inequality, and established the Employers' Forum on Disability, Opportunity Now, and the Windsor Fellowship.[citation needed] For most of the 1990s, she worked as a freelance policy adviser.[11][16] She chaired the Health Authority in Hertfordshire from 1998 to 2001, and her children's school governing body, and became a Vice President of the National Council for One Parent Families.

Bluenote said...

Nail on the head, Simon, over gravy train Labour politicians yet the left criticise Conservatives for so called lucrative second jobs. Similarly with banking the hypocrisy shines through.

As you so rightly point out, where were these anti-bank actions when Labour were in office. In fact, the opposite was the case for it was deregulation of the financial sector by Brown that allowed the banking collapse to develop.

No, they are always vociferous in opposition with their tax the banks, tax the rich, make the Queen buy her own breakfast rantings but it is a different story when the snouts get into power. Then we get lining pockets, croquet on the lawn and folk who "would never set foot in that place" parading smugly in ermine.

Hypocrisy is but another name for socialism evidenced yet again over the proclamations arising out of the Oldham result. The same people who derided polls and by-elections results when in office, as unrepresentative of peoples intentions in a general election, suddenly claim these as a marker for Labour's right to return to office. This despite their policy statement being a blank piece of paper!

Anonymous said...

anon again!
sorry - a typical Conservative retort.
I will just sit back and wait until the next General Election then, watch Britain go down the hole, then see how many folk Vote and which way.

I had said 'If they removed jealousy & greed from Politics & Banks, Britain would be a grand place to live in'.

I should have added hypocrisy too!

DrM. said...

6:51 - You are either saying "Two holes are better than none" or you are positively looking forward to the prospect of failure to recover the economy in the hope that such might conceal the even greater failure of the Labour government that caused the mess we now find ourselves in.