Lord Moonie: cash for laws, cash for defence questions

#1
Oh dear. Another Labour scandal. Here is the gist of the allegations:

Already under investigation for Cash for Laws.

Paid £30,000 to act as a consultant to Northrop Grumman.

Ennobled in 2005 but did not ask any parliamentary questions in his first three years as a peer. But since mid-2008 he has asked 46, all on defence issues: 23 relate to defence work connected to Northrop Grumman. These include the F35 joint strike fighter, Eurofighter, A400M, the Type 45 destroyer programme, Sentry AWACS and UAV's.

http://www.sundayherald.com/news/heraldnews/display.var.2486155.0.0.php

Oh and it gets much better:

Moonie stepped down as an MP following boundary changes to make way for Gordon Brown and was enobled as a quid pro quo. Moonie also paid Gordon Brown handsomely for his old Kennington flat which he then sub-let to Alistair Darling. We are clearly not dealing with an obscure outsider here, we are dealing with corruption right at the heart of Labour's Scottish Raj. Will Gordon Brown allow a corruptian investigation into someone so intimately connected to him?

http://www.order-order.com/
 
#2
Oink Oink!no questions in 2005, 2006, or 2007 but in 2008 many. This incidentally is the man who would have been responsible for allowing the Nimrod and Hercules fuel tanks to be fireproofed when he was defence minister. Its funny how he suddenly took up an interest in aircraft when he became paid for his interest.
 
#3
Utterly sickening. Decisions relating to the failure to fit ESF and the slippage of the MR2 replacement (if it will ever enter service!) occured on Moonie's watch (also, the Nimrod lack of modern fire suppressants and ageing parts) . He couldn't even find the time after the incidents to ask any questions relating to aircraft safety. However, he did see fit to ask a shedload of questions at the prompting of his paymasters.

I hope this filth goes down.
 
#4
I was in the Mid East, when Nue Labour got voted in back in 97.
We had limited TV zero internet and two day old newspapers.
But I still remember seeing Harriet Harman coming on a BBC interview and going on about the Tory Sleaze that she said had had the voters through out their party.
What was Tory sleaze "
Two members, MP's, who took cash for questions a few hundred quid each and a former minister who had been jailed for perjury when out of office.
By Ariret's judgment Labour is now dead, gone and finished.
john
 
#7
In a wonderfully ironic twist, it appears Moonie is employed by AEA Technologies (since April 2004) and sits on their "Nomination and REMUNERATION Committee. It is not clear if this committee sets the level of HIS remuneration.

AEA Technologies is, of course, the parent company of the company who completely screwed up BOWMAN batteries and chargers, leading to a complete recall of one type of battery a few years ago (for the HF radio). See the BOWMAN thread under "Infantry". This has cost tens of millions in waste, but more importantly led to troops being without power, and hence comms in a rather mountainous region where, lacking SATCOM, HF is the comms of choice ........ Do I need to go further? I have always wondered why MoD persisted with and protected this supplier, when others had far better products at half the price. Is there a link?

It is also reported Moonie is a paid Director of Americium Developments. Now that 3 staff have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the NHS on IT contracts, I wonder if his Lordship will be resigning? Perhaps he'll be promoted!

You couldn't make this up.
 
#9
pimpernel said:
Gosh don't we love the integrity of our leaders, pigs and troughs spring to mind.
Time to introduce capital punishment for corruption in public office.
Filthy corrupt scum should be made to pay for their actions.
 
#10
This is outrageous. The previous Labour Peers indiscretions were poor form at the very best. This is industrial lobbying to the point of illegality.

SVEN, ASHIE!

I really want to hear what defence there is for this one.
 
#11
in_the_cheapseats said:
This is outrageous. The previous Labour Peers indiscretions were poor form at the very best. This is industrial lobbying to the point of illegality.

SVEN, ASHIE!

I really want to hear what defence there is for this one.
I shouldn't think there is one.
Even Ashie admitted Blair was dishonest about his involvement in the Formula1/ Tobacco advertising/ million quid for the Labour Party incedent.

ALL of the senior leeches in the Labour Party have been open to bribery right from the start. Blair was a master at it. They aren't even embarrased about it FFS. They just claim the law wasn't broken and carry on regardless.
 
#12
bakersfield said:
In a wonderfully ironic twist, it appears Moonie is employed by AEA Technologies (since April 2004) and sits on their "Nomination and REMUNERATION Committee. It is not clear if this committee sets the level of HIS remuneration.

AEA Technologies is, of course, the parent company of the company who completely screwed up BOWMAN batteries and chargers, leading to a complete recall of one type of battery a few years ago (for the HF radio). See the BOWMAN thread under "Infantry". This has cost tens of millions in waste, but more importantly led to troops being without power, and hence comms in a rather mountainous region where, lacking SATCOM, HF is the comms of choice ........ Do I need to go further? I have always wondered why MoD persisted with and protected this supplier, when others had far better products at half the price. Is there a link?

It is also reported Moonie is a paid Director of Americium Developments. Now that 3 staff have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the NHS on IT contracts, I wonder if his Lordship will be resigning? Perhaps he'll be promoted!

You couldn't make this up.
My, my wonder who that "link" might be.......

"Tom Finn, a former president of CombineMed who resigned after raising concerns about the firm’s relationship with Americium, said the Edinburgh company had also boasted of its links to government.

One of the representatives was constantly talking about his connections with the UK government. He was selling everything from the connections with Gordon Brown to his intimate knowledge of the procurement selection process within the NHS,” he said.

Another former employee, Sean Martyn, who was a project manager with CombineMed, a commercial offshoot of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UPMC), said normal procedures were disregarded to ensure his firm won NHS work.

Martyn believed Americium’s supposed links to the Labour government was “the biggest reason” why CombineMed linked up with them."


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article5682943.ece
 
#15
Gravelbelly said:
Agreed Gravelbelly, but many of us thought it was merely because of the money the Scottish Office ploughed into the Thurso plant - and in all likelihood the "political imperative" filtering down to the procurers and the users being "advised" not to complain (both common practice).

The fact Moonie was a paid director at a time the company were being actively protected by the MoD (through being continually awarded lucrative, over-priced contracts despite their track record) adds a new dimension; does it not?
 
#16
That is a cracking post:

Starts well

"Lord" Moonie, pictured in all his slimy nauseating glory, is probably the most sickening example of the corrupt political classes that has been discovered so far. Forget the £30,000 brown envelope he was chasing, that pales into insignificance.""

And finishes on a high:

"It is clear that Moonie and his fellow ministers took little enough interest in spending money on aircraft when they were in a position to actually do anything about it. Now that Moonie is in the Lords, and in the pay of Northrop Grumman, he is happy to prostitute his office to ask any number of questions relating to aircraft capabilities and investment decisions. The difference is, this time he's being paid to do it. Note that Moonie hasn't asked any questions about aircraft safety relating to either incident, despite ongoing concerns about delays in fitting ESF to the Hercules and despite the R1 incident mentioned earlier. Moonie did find the time to slip in a general question about the replacement for the Nimrod, presumably of interest to his paymasters.


I don't think I've ever been as sickened by the mendacity of politicians, even at the height of the deceit surrounding the Iraq war and the death of Dr Kelly. This is utterly sickening and Moonie exemplifies the depths that public life has plummeted to. I've got a commissioning scroll from Her Majesty which I received when I joined the RAF. It uses such words as "trust", "confidence", "loyalty", "courage", "good conduct" and duty".

All of these terms are rendered completely meaningless by the actions of these supposed peers of the realm and I'm half tempted to burn the wretched thing. I really hope this scumbag ends up in jail"


Interesting point in one of the comments:

"A quick Google shows Moonie shares interests with Tim Yeo, MP, with both being employed by another company, Waste2Tricity. Moonie is Chairman-elect and Yeo a Director.

Yeo is Chairman of another company, AFC Energy while Moonie is a Director with AEA Technologies.

All 3 seem to employ/retain a certain Graham Moonie (relation?) and his PR firm Madano Partnership.

I think this goes much deeper than Moonie."


The said Graham Moonie mentioned has this write up:


"Prior to madano, Graham worked extensively in the politics and public affairs industry, with stints as a press officer for the Labour Party, as a research assistant at Westminster and the Scottish Parliament, and also in consultancy.
Graham studied for a degree in Medicine at Edinburgh University"


http://www.madano.com/view/public-affairs

Ahh, the stench...........
 
#17
The most depressing thing is that so many Labour polititians are being found with their hands in our pockets that these stories are becoming non news and not either getting the headline trweatment they deserve, or being pusued to the logical conclusion of resignations in disgrace. Mind you the writing was very clearly on the wall when they put the Prince of Darkness in charge of business
 

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