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Surely this is taking cronyism to extremes.

Posted: 12:09 01 Aug 2020
by mervyn
OK, I start by hating this government, so I’m bound to be super-critical. However how can any fair minded person not be totally incredulous at Johnson’s award to his brother, a junior minister for a very brief period, with a lordship. And then a knighthood to Phillip May simply because he happened, by chance, to be married to the last PM. Rant over.

Re: Surely this is taking cronyism to extremes.

Posted: 12:27 01 Aug 2020
by Martyn
mervyn wrote: OK, I start by hating this government, so I’m bound to be super-critical. However how can any fair minded person not be totally incredulous at Johnson’s award to his brother, a junior minister for a very brief period, with a lordship. And then a knighthood to Phillip May simply because he happened, by chance, to be married to the last PM. Rant over.


And to Botham, purely because he supports the next disaster - Brexit.

Re: Surely this is taking cronyism to extremes.

Posted: 16:42 01 Aug 2020
by Frank_Butcher
mervyn wrote: OK, I start by hating this government, so I’m bound to be super-critical. However how can any fair minded person not be totally incredulous at Johnson’s award to his brother, a junior minister for a very brief period, with a lordship. And then a knighthood to Phillip May simply because he happened, by chance, to be married to the last PM. Rant over.


Just normailty - the bias simply determined by who is in power. During the Blair/Brown era there were 173 Labour peerages awarded and 66 to the Tories.

Yes its cronyism but it always has been.

Re: Surely this is taking cronyism to extremes.

Posted: 16:55 01 Aug 2020
by Argylegames
Don't forget Wilson putting his secretary into the Lords. It was always rumoured that She had written his resignation honours list for him.

Re: Surely this is taking cronyism to extremes.

Posted: 16:57 01 Aug 2020
by Ave_IT
Cronyism is one thing ...... but nepotism really does show contempt.

It's always worth remembering Tony Benn's 5 essential questions of democracy:-

"What power have you got?”

“Where did you get it from?”

“In whose interests do you use it?”

“To whom are you accountable?”

“How do we get rid of you?”

Re: Surely this is taking cronyism to extremes.

Posted: 16:58 01 Aug 2020
by Argylegames
Martyn wrote: And to Botham


Ex-footballer given peerage! :thumbup:

Re: Surely this is taking cronyism to extremes.

Posted: 19:03 01 Aug 2020
by Pilgrim_Joe
The argument against Prime Ministers being able to pack the Lords with personal and political mates was made forcefully in 2003 when Tony Blair announced plans to appoint more peers.

Blair's proposal was denounced as 'disgusting' by one critic who said: 'Think of the lunches; the hackery; the behind-the-scenes schmoozing and fixing; the quiet words from the Government Chief Whip; the winking, the nose-tapping, the soft belching in the Savoy Grill Room, or Glyndebourne, or Ascot.'

That critic was Boris Johnson :funny:

Hypocrisy on a Trumpian scale :cry: