Well, who knows?
We shall have to wait a little longer and see.
One can speculate away and imagine whatever one likes but who can tell how this will end up?
But let's not kid ourselves the Attorney General is a political appointment and as such and as someone connected to Government their attitudes and
actions will always be seen as having a political aspect.
If the Police and the CPS can't point to a definite and serious breach of the law and it is open to reasonable question and doubt who seriously
expects the AG to waste huge amounts of tax-payers money on a flawed and pointless trial?
I thought this from another post was quite lucid and to the point -
Here's the truth of the matter.
Parties are always broke.
Election campaigns are expensive.
No-one wants to pay for them.
They can either be funded by the taxpayer or by private individuals who may have their own agenda.
Take your pick.
The real point in all of this is that if the the extent of 'corruption' in UK government is confined to something that occasionally looks like 'the
purchase of peerages' (and even that is open to exposure thanks to the unprecedented evolving legal and accounting framework - thanks to this
government - documenting the parties incomes, gifts, donations, loans etc now in place) then we are probably not doing too badly.
If they weren't getting the gongs then you'd have to ask yourself what they were really after.
In America they don't have peers, major donors get to be ambassadors instead, which seems to me far more harmful.
Anyhoo, I do find it all the speculation rather amusing.
Particularly the over-done 'nothing like this has ever happened before and aren't those Labour guys (and most esp PM Tony Blair) a bunch of
- despite a 100% complete lack of convictions - from the ever so theatrically shocked innocent(s) over this stuff.
Pity instances of genuine misuses of power are so quickly forgotten and ignored.
We did have a real and true outrage involving Ministers and the AG in recent history.
It ended up with the then AG pursuing a course of action which ultimately almost brought down the then Gov.
Were it not for the highly political actions of this then AG who clearly protected those involved for naked and totally obvious political reasons it
might well have led to several tory Ministers facing criminal charges for perverting the course of Justice.
The case was Matrix Churchill and it was about arms and restricted highly specialised machinery exports to Iraq under Saddam Hussein which were found
out about post Gulf war mk1.
The then tory Gov knew (cos the senior members of Matrix Churchill met and told the security services who subsequently then told the then Ministers)
that the company was exporting these 'illegal goods' to Iraq and yet when this information came out post Gulf War mk1 and criminal charges were
being laid those tory Ministers said nothing as those men faced prosecution......in fact they did worse, 4 of those then tory Ministers prepared
immunity certificates to protect themselves and their own hides.
Those immunity certificates would have seen that the information (that they knew of Matrix Churchill's activities all along) was suppressed and never
heard in court; effectively ensuring the conviction and highly likely imprisonment of the MC directors.
It was only when the Gov's prior knowledge came out that the men were acquitted and the threat of prison and/or fines lifted.
Knowingly being prepared to send innocent men to prison to protect Ministerial a$$; that's a real
Sir Nicholas Lyell was the then AG in question.
Lyell later went as far as removing the ability to issue those 'immunity certificates' but it all ended up with no effective censure, no charges and
certainly no tory Minister suffering anything like the plight of the Matrix Churchill directors.
Political justice indeed.
If you really want a look at a clear and obvious case of wealth and political donations securing a place in the HOL look no further than the
Conservative party treasurer Michael Ashscroft, who was also his party's principal donor, was made a peer on the recommendation of the Conservative
leader William Hague.
......it might even be that having been so determined to see this can of worm opened that it is the tory party that come out of it looking the
[edit on 5-11-2006 by sminkeypinkey]