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Warning: This post was published more than 12 years ago.

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What can really be said about accountability in modern day politics, when the same guy can resign twice from the Cabinet within ten months? Is there any chance he’ll go for a hat-trick in a year? I know I’ve said many, many times that the lack of accountability is the worst aspect of the Labour government, and, of course, they’ve even gone as far as to incentivise their dirty form of government. It is, quite simply, wrong.

That said, it’s quite comical to look through my emails this morning: There’s one from 7pm last night – “I am not resigning, says Blunkett” – one from 9am this morning – “Blunkett preparing to resign” – and one from 10am – “David Blunkett resigns”. Talk about a fast mover.

Of course, the idea of a big pay-off, and the pretty certain guarantee that he’ll be working for New Labour again in the very near future must have made the decision to resign rather easier to take. A culture where a select few are protected and continually rehired after being sacked or resigning in disgrace is not a healthy one, but quite clearly, it’s a New Labour one.

This 754th post was filed under: News and Comment, Politics.






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Comment from Fern


by Fern

Comment posted at 06:14 on 3rd November 2005.

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by sjhoward

Comment posted at 07:46 on 3rd November 2005.

I’m glad you like it! Welcome aboard!


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