I’m glad that Keir Starmer has spoken out so clearly against what is happening round Owen Paterson (see below). It is completely obvious that he has broken the rules of the House of Commons which were put in place to stop corruption. He is paid more than £100,000 to lobby on behalf of Randox, a company which has benefited from his lobbying by gaining direct access to 10, Downing Street in March 2020 (the Chief Executive was involved in discussions with Dominic Cummings) and over £500 million has gone to them in government contracts. He has used House of Commons writing paper to lobby on their behalf. His snout is obviously so deeply in the trough that he is incapable of recognising it. Yet instead of accepting his wrongdoing, his mates in the House of Commons, including Jacob Rees-Mogg, have rallied round to change the rules in order to exonerate him. This is corruption on the most grandiose scale, only equalled by the Prime Minister without a mask snoring in the front row of COP26 next to David Attenborough, because the rules of the conference do not apply to him, only to everyone else.
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I could not agree more. On another note – I am coming to London for an opening 7-8 December for the first time in a long while, and would appreciate an indication of what might be worth visitng. Thank you.