Friday, December 15, 2006

Small corruption bad. Big corruption good.

"For a prime minister who once taunted his predecessor as someone 'knee deep in dishonour' over an arms deal and who promised that he would be 'purer than pure' in office, yesterday was a shabby, shaming day, among the most inglorious he has spent in office. First Tony Blair was interviewed by Scotland Yard at Downing Street, which in itself was an extraordinary thing. Nothing like it has ever happened before. Then, in the House of Lords, the attorney general hauled up the flag of surrender in the face of Saudi demands that the Serious Fraud Office stop its investigation into BAE Systems' arms deals with Saudi Arabia, amid fears for its vast contract to sell Typhoon fighters…

"Yesterday will leave stains on Mr Blair that will survive any amount of scrubbing. They are serious contributions to the air of evasion and shabby practice which has already enveloped this government and which threatens to become Mr Blair's legacy to his successor." —The Guardian

"Our society is based on the rule of law. The explanations that have been offered are nugatory or unconvincing. That the investigation was uncertain is insufficient reason for dropping it. So is the Attorney-General’s judgment at this stage about the likelihood of a prosecution. When this fundamental principle of the rule of law in our society is set aside, for whatever reason, we are a lesser country." —The Times

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