Editorial: Finally, Labor comes out to swing Tory corruption
In a significant relaxation of the previous system in which profit-hungry bosses seeking government contracts were required to know the prime minister personally or at least to have attended the same educational institutions, it is now simply necessary to have his phone number at dial speed.
It was to deal with this integral feature of the Conservative government that the Labor Party called on ministers to end the “text for access” system.
And in a move that will thrill election campaigners, the Westminster Labor Party called on Rishi Sunak to make public all ‘tax breaks by text’ and all relevant Greensill communications.
If anyone has ever had any doubts that this administration is a government of the rich and for the rich, then the lingering controversy over the corrupting influence of ministerial and civil service ties with big business should put them on the map. the way of revelation.
Put aside the absurdity of diversion on a falling out between these two delicate chancers, Dominic Cummings and Boris Johnson.
The first is a disgruntled stall with an eclectic collection of remedies for the contemporary capitalist crisis. Its meteoric rise and equally rapid fall is proof of the counterintuitive truth that you can read too many books. The latter does not pretend to tackle these questions.
This kind of scandal is the norm for the capitalist system. The main change is the refusal of anyone with sticky fingers to take up rap.
The only ministerial resignations these days are performative claims like that of toy soldier Johnny Mercer who thinks that wearing the Queen’s uniform is a license to commit murder and go unpunished.
Johnson the buffoon does not claim to compete with great depth. Although his tenure at No.10 has so far been dependent on the ineffectiveness of the official opposition, we can be sure that when his usefulness to our ruling class ends, he too will be dispatched with efficiency.
The Downing Street media machine has named Cummings as the prime suspect in the continuous trickle of text messages exposing the intimate relationship between government and business.
These revelations may have less of an impact on the election than media comments suggest. The conservative sleaze is already factored into the political balance accounts by most voters.
Where Johnson is also vulnerable, it is with the revelations that he remains in close contact with the chief Saudi head-cutter, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.
Johnson has to wonder if the renewed focus on insistent lobbying by his predecessor Davi dCameron on behalf of the capsized finance house Greensill Capital could dissipate itself.
A brief recap of this scandal highlights the instability of our financialized economy. Greensill specializes in speculative supply chain finance.
When insurers lost confidence, the chain reaction set in and Greensill collapsed. When the German banking regulator last year filed a criminal complaint and ended the German-based company’s banking operation, the chances of Cameron cashing in on his stock options were gone.
It is his vigorous lobbying on behalf of the firm that gives this story resistance, while the publication of communications which show his frustration with Treasury officials dragging their feet on his insistent pleas can be read as proof that Tensions between factions remain at the heart of machine government.
Work does a lot better when he fights. The rediscovery that his left-handed left hook is more effective than anything his right arm has is encouraging.
If the Labor Party cannot be counted on to denounce and condemn capitalist corruption in all its manifestations, it will not recover the lost ground where it must win.