An example Blair & Broon should follow ...

#1
HERE

BBC said:
Japanese minister kills himself

Toshikatsu Matsuoka was embroiled in a financial scandal

Japan's Agriculture Minister Toshikatsu Matsuoka has died in hospital after apparently committing suicide.

The 62-year-old was found hanged in his Tokyo apartment hours before he was to face questions in parliament over his links to a political funding scandal.

Opposition MPs had been calling for his resignation over unexplained expenses.

PM Shinzo Abe expressed regret over the news saying he was conscious of his "responsibility as prime minister, and as the one who appointed him".

"The effects on the cabinet will be great," Mr Abe added as he went to attend a wake for the deceased minister late on Monday.

Mr Matsuoka was found unconscious in his flat around lunchtime on Monday. Efforts to resuscitate him at hospital failed.

Police said he had hanged himself, but refused to comment on reports in the Japanese press that he had left a number of suicide notes in his apartment.

It is the first time a Japanese cabinet minister has killed himself since World War II, when the army minister committed suicide on news of Japan's surrender.

Funding questions

Mr Matsuoka was embroiled in two political scandals, though he denied any wrong-doing.

He had allegedly claimed more than 28m yen ($236,600; £118,300) in utility fees at his parliamentary office, where utility costs are free.

It was also alleged that he had received electoral campaign donations from a businessman linked to a bid-rigging scandal.

Mr Abe had vigorously defended his minister, often against the advice of some within his own party, saying he had fulfilled his legal responsibilities.

The BBC's Chris Hogg in Tokyo says Mr Matsuoka's death is another blow for Mr Abe's government.

Even before news of Mr Matsuoka's death emerged, opinion polls published on Monday suggested support for Mr Abe's administration was already at the lowest point since he took office eight months ago.

... on the other hand, maybe it should be compulsory for MP's, rather than resigning, in order to prove that they are willing to take responsibility !!!
 
#5
Heck... imagine the fortune one could make in the sale of rope were folks in Washington DC of the same mind set after getting caught in a scandal. :D
 
#6
Khyros said:
Heck... imagine the fortune one could make in the sale of rope were folks in Washington DC of the same mind set after getting caught in a scandal. :D
DC? That deserted city?

Empty avenues of ... nothing? Derelict restaurants in Georgetown? Abandoned housing in Foggy Bottom?

Appalling ... I cannot bear the vision, Khyros. :D
 
#7
We could always make it not subject to personal choice. I doubt there'd be a shortage of trained marksmen for the firing squad and I'd cheerfully supply me own ammo!

Edited to add: It's not just politicians, though. I remember the spectacle a few years back of the Chairman of one of their major companies on TV with tears streaming down his face making a public and personal apology for the losses it had sustained. The fact the entire Japanese economy was in meltdown at the time seemed neither here nor there, the losses had occurred on his watch so he took the rap for it and resigned.

In UK PLC, they'd sack a few thousand peons, award themselves a whopping bonus for making such "tough choices" and be off to the golf club for trebles all round and a long weekend.
 
#8
Why only the spiv Bliar and the 'oik' Brown?

I wish the revolting Hain and the incompetent Hewitt would follow the example.

Luckily, for my brain and general well-being, I am unable to remember the names of the remaining filth associated with Bliar.
 
#9
http://www.labour.org.uk/members_of_the_cabinet

Full list of Cabinet members as at 5 May 2006, if that's any help. [Good to see "The Party in Govt" keeps their website up to date :D ] Only a "Starter for 10", of course ...

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service
The Rt Hon Tony Blair MP

Deputy Prime Minister and First Secretary of State
The Rt Hon John Prescott MP

Chancellor of the Exchequer
The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

Leader of the House of Commons, Lords Reform and Party Funding
The Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
The Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP

Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
The Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP

Secretary of State for the Home Department
The Rt Hon Dr John Reid MP

Secretary of State for Health
The Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt MP

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell MP

Cabinet Office Minister and for Social Exclusion and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
The Rt Hon Hilary Armstrong MP

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, and Secretary of State for Wales
The Rt Hon Peter Hain MP

Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council
The Rt Hon Baroness Amos

Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor
The Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC

Secretary of State for International Development
The Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP

Secretary of State for Education and Skills
The Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
The Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
The Rt Hon John Hutton MP

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
The Rt Hon David Miliband MP

Secretary of State for Defence
The Rt Hon Des Browne MP

Secretary of State for Transport and Secretary of State for Scotland
The Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP

Minister without Portfolio
The Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP

Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury and Chief Whip
The Rt Hon Jacqui Smith MP

Chief Secretary to the Treasury
The Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP

Also attending Cabinet

Minister for Europe in the FCO
The Rt Hon Geoff Hoon MP

Minister for Trade in the FCO and the DTI
The Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP

Lords Chief Whip and Captain of the Gentlemen at Arms
The Rt Hon Lord Grocott

Attorney General
The Rt Hon Lord Goldsmith QC
 
#10
Hanged eh. Standards are slipping, even in Nippon!!
 
#11
Khyros said:
Heck... imagine the fortune one could make in the sale of rope were folks in Washington DC of the same mind set after getting caught in a scandal. :D
You could actually make a bomb there, Khyros. After the geezer's stretched his neck, you quietly gather in the rope and flog it again. I mean, it's not as if he's going to notice it's missing, is it?

MsG
 
#12
Bugsy said:
Khyros said:
Heck... imagine the fortune one could make in the sale of rope were folks in Washington DC of the same mind set after getting caught in a scandal. :D
You could actually make a bomb there, Khyros. After the geezer's stretched his neck, you quietly gather in the rope and flog it again. I mean, it's not as if he's going to notice it's missing, is it?

MsG
:D :D :D :D
:clap:
 
#13
What about good old drawing and quartering? It's time this made a comeback for certain choice individuals.

Only joking. I'd settle for war crimes charges, a TV trial presented by Davina, and ensuing life imprisonment - and a new reality TV channel dedicated to covering every waking moment of torment - for Blair, Brown, Goldsmith and anyone else directly related to the trail of death and destruction across Iraq.

What a tonic that would be for our long-suffering nation.
 

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