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Sunday, 9 October 2011

The Fox/Werrity affair

Liam Fox must be as lonely as a kitten in a wash-house copper with the lid on this weekend, perhaps reflecting that it is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. Or he might think that charity begins at home but justice begins next door.

What’s with the Dickensian quotations, you make ask? Well, no good reason other than the Werrity, a surname I’ve never come across before, sounds Pickwickian  to me – a Sam Weller pronunciation of verity, perhaps – and verity means a true statement, especially one of fundamental import.

I don’t like Liam Fox, for a variety of reasons, other than the fact that he’s a Tory (some of my best friends are Tories – I’ve even had relatives who were Tories) but certainly including the fact that he is a high-road-to-England Scot who followed the heat-seeking missile route to defence that ambitious Scots, often Labour politicians, have blazed the trail for, because of certain well-known advantages that it confers it those who wish to have a secure financial base to their political career, as I observed in recent blogs.

I don’t like him because he is a medical doctor by profession who is an enthusiast for weapons of mass destruction capable of killing and maiming millions and blighting the planet for centuries, maybe forever.

And I don’t like him because he loses no opportunity, and spurns no platform where he may profess his undying support for the Union, something that I wholly irrationally don’t like to hear from an East Kilbride boy and graduate of Glasgow University.

And I do not like him for the same reasons as an ancient Roman once set out -

Non amo te, Sabidi, nec possum dicere quare;

Hoc tantum possum dicere, non amo te

or in a late 17th century version, familiar to me as a child’s rhyme since primary school

I do not like thee, Doctor Fell,
The reason why - I cannot tell;
But this I know, and know full well,
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell.

My distaste for the man, however, does not make him guilty of anything, and we await the results of the enquiry.

The facts, as far as they are known, have been set out by the press, and despite being wary of trial by media, they seems pretty strange to me. Some of them, e.g. the trips, the access, the business cards, the two incarnations of a right-wing charity set up to celebrate the Thatcher-Reagan eraAtlantic Bridge - and which some interest groups seems to have been almost indecently enthusiastic about financing – seems to speak for themselves, and they don’t tell a tale I would like to be associated with, but who knows?

(Other speculations about the exact nature of the relationship between Doctor Fox and his friend I will leave to those who trawl in such waters.)

He has the full support of David Cameron, rather as Andy Coulson had, and that should be enough to send a chill down the good doctor’s spine. If in a few months the question is Doctor who? we may be assured that the post will be filled by yet another career politician, party immaterial, since politicians are not at all doctrinaire when it comes to the Great Honeypot and the military/industrial complex.

Perhaps the Coalition can make him a Lord – that path is well-blazed, and well-greased as well.


  1. The natural aversion for Thatcher-ite connections be they politicians or policies with their gross effects in Scotland do not help anything stemming from Wastemonster and as I write the equally odious Murphy seeks to pontificate with sham, shock-horror indignation. Boak!

    What Fox has done or indeed has not done has still to be factually arrived at - but knowing the security conditions surrounding access to sensitive places - it seems that clearance was arranged for this "friend" of his. With almost weekly meetings in restricted areas, visa clearance to accompany him on his travels and to official business meetings, with all the international security implications attaching simply beggers belief.

    Bring on the day when we can be freed from such arrogance, incompetence and the cynical hypocritical bile that follows.

    The symptoms of such incompetence are flowing all the way through our daily lives - c'mon, get aff trams, anyone?

  2. Thanks, Barontorc.

    BBC News 24 - Channel 80 at 3.30 to hear the Right Honourable attempt to justify himself to MPs. I'll try to avoid foxhunting metaphors, but it is ironic that an archetypically Tory sport should be so apposite ...

  3. I don't care for him either, there's a darkness in his eyes I find alienating.

    He's a Tory too - and for me that's a good reason to dislike him even if you are more accepting than I.

    I don't like the Labourites either (I use Labourite to differentiate between decent Labour politicians (needle in a haystack finding one but they're there and silenced) and the miasma that is the Labourite hegemony etc.