Blunktw@tt misusing office - again

#1
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,17129-1823544,00.html

The philandering liar is in trouble again, using official notepaper and his ministerial title to try and bully local authority planners into stopping building development near a house he owned and had had omitted to declare to the parliamentary authorities; moreover, he tried to conceal his ownership of the house from the local authority.


Blunkett in trouble for using House notepaper


DAVID BLUNKETT was reported to House of Commons authorities yesterday for breaching the MPs’ code of conduct by using Commons headed notepaper to object to a building development near his house in South London.

The Work and Pensions Secretary failed to disclose in the letter to Wandsworth council that he owned the property, which he lets and which backs on to the site. He referred to himself merely as a “former resident”.

The income generated by the planned redevelopment of the council-owned Clevedon Lodge into private apartments is earmarked for upgrading facilities at a nearby school for the blind and partially sighted.

Mr Blunkett, who lives in the Belgravia grace-and-favour house he was given by the Prime Minister when he was Home Secretary, wrote to Wandsworth council from his constituency office in Sheffield.

He said that he was “deeply concerned” about the environmental impact of the proposed scheme. The letter stated: “I would be very grateful if this could be taken as an objection to that part of the planning application which involves destroying the very screening that is both beneficial for wildlife but also critical to the wellbeing of existing residents.”

He signed off with his ministerial title, despite it being a private matter.

David T.C. Davies, a Tory MP and former member of a council planning committee, reported Mr Blunkett to the Commons Serjeant at Arms.

He said: “It is totally unacceptable for a minister to use Commons headed notepaper to try to influence a planning decision, especially when they have not made it absolutely clear that they own a property that is affected by the proposed development. I have written to the Serjeant at Arms asking them to take this up.”

Mr Blunkett admitted yesterday using Commons headed paper but said that it was an “honest mistake”. But a spokesman said that Mr Blunkett stood by the letter and had not tried to conceal ownership of the house because it was already a matter of public record.

The spokesman said: “David Blunkett did not and does not oppose this development. However, after being approached by residents, he expressed his concerns about the environmental impact. He did so as an ex-resident who knows the area well.”

Asked why Mr Blunkett had not stated that he owned the house, the spokesman said: “That is already well known and the local authority would have been aware of it.”

He added: “He dictated the letter to his office. In retrospect, he recognises he should have specified that the letter went on plain paper. This was an honest mistake in good faith.”

Ravi Govindia, the chairman of Wandsworth’s planning committee, said: “It would have been better if he had come clean and objected as a property owner concerned about the value of his house, rather than appear to be hiding behind environmental concerns.”

The Commons has strict rules governing the use of House of Commons stationery and emblem. They state: “The Crowned Portcullis is a royal badge and . . . should only be used for appropriate purposes and not when it might wrongly be regarded or represented as carrying the authority of the House when this is not the case.”

Mr Blunkett was reported to the Commons authorities in 2000 when he failed to disclose the £700 monthly rental income from the house in the Commons register of interests.
 

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#2
Blunkett in trouble for using House notepaper

... He referred to himself merely as a “former resident”.

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I think there was just a misunderstanding.
He merely said that if the proposed development went ahead he wouldn't be able to see anything from his window.
 
#3
That's Labour! Bliar and his minions and then a scandal breaks, they resign because they're the moral, ethical party that they're known to be.. and lo and behold, before you know it, they get paid for being cnuts and when it all calms down a bit, they're back in office.
 
#7
Years ago incidents like this and Mandleswine and all the others would have been called SLEAZE in government and would be presented as an ongoing issue, not much outcry these days, an impartial press?
 
#8
No real surprise that the blind shagger is up to his old tricks again; after all what happened last time he was caught out? Resign, count to twenty, reinstated to Cabinet. Obviously that taught him a lesson... The same can be said for that utter shite Byers, I heard him on R4 5pm news yesterday explaining how lying isn't lying "Because I say so".

These scum continue to get away with murder, and until there's a credible opposition that the average moron will vote for, we're stuck with them. A cheerful note to set the weekend off nicely...
 
#9
Bit like those labour types who let the bill for 24hr boozing through and then objected to their local pubs applications!!!!

"Not in my backyard was their cry!!!"

What a bunch of mongs.
 
#10
Mr Blunkett admitted yesterday using Commons headed paper but said that it was an “honest mistake”.

This was an honest mistake in good faith.”

Mr Blunkett was reported to the Commons authorities in 2000 when he failed to disclose the £700 monthly rental income from the house in the Commons register of interests.
The Labour Party. Party for the people. Only, they're lining their own pockets. Blunkett with his

Honest mistakes
and Blair with his million pound houses.

I despise the Labour Party. Scum bag lairs and greedy to boot.
 

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#11
Gunny Highway said:
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I despise the Labour Party. Scum bag lairs and greedy to boot.
I think you are being unfair to Labour. I despise ALL politicians as they lie for a living and expect us to think they are the only people in this country with integrity.

INTEGRITY - those bas tards run from the concept.
 
#12
Themanwho said:
These scum continue to get away with murder, and until there's a credible opposition that the average moron will vote for, we're stuck with them. A cheerful note to set the weekend off nicely...
There never will be a credible opposition. How long has this (so-called) democracy caper been going on then? 200 years? 300 years? Even longer?
Even if you only take the period from the end of WWII into account, that's still plenty of time to bring in policies that benefit the majority of the population. Instead of that, all you get at every national election is the chance to "vote" for the lesser evil. 'Twas always thus.
This is supposed to be a gobment of and for the people, but until "the people" realise that everything they do in life has a political meaning, but that they actually have the power to change things, gobments will continue to be utterly amazed at what they can get away with and what people will wear without complaint.
Democracy my fcuking arrse!!!

MsG
 
#15
chocolate_frog said:
"Mr Blunkett admitted yesterday using Commons headed paper but said that it was an “honest mistake”."

Rubbish, you use Commons headed paper for a reason.
How many 'honest mistakes' is a minister expected to get away with? Between getting the public to pay for his lover's first class rail bill and using headed notepaper to influence the prices of property he owns...... time to go Blunket. You obviously can't do the job without 'mistakes' which means that you can't do the job.

Tony B. please take note of reasonable conclusion above.
 
#16
The most worrying aspect is that, since media exposure = money = good, then C4 are doing this partially sighted hypocritical, serial philandering, pseudo-socialist ("The working class can kiss my ass - I've got the foreman's job at last" Tune - Red Flag) a major financial favour.
I predict at least £5m in damages - never mind, they didn't have to pay Railtrack shareholders a penny.
 
#18
It does Darthspud , but still need you to post damning evidence on Mandyspellingmistake and the other individuals named.

It is fun to rant and rail against them , I freely admit, but in these days of increasing twisting of legislation to silence criticism, I'd rather have a class rant backed up by a few published examples ;)

Regards

PTP
 
#20
Plant Pilot wrote
chocolate_frog wrote:
"Mr Blunkett admitted yesterday using Commons headed paper but said that it was an “honest mistake”."

Rubbish, you use Commons headed paper for a reason.
How many 'honest mistakes' is a minister expected to get away with? Between getting the public to pay for his lover's first class rail bill and using headed notepaper to influence the prices of property he owns...... time to go Blunket. You obviously can't do the job without 'mistakes' which means that you can't do the job.

Tony B. please take note of reasonable conclusion above.
Wasn't there something about him accidentaly making a genuine mistake by getting involved with a nannys visa? and also something to do with exam results?

Lets hope he doesn't make any "honest mistakes".
 

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