Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Who exposed this colossal bribery? Why, the feral beast

"Remember, any government scandal always turns out worse than first it seems. Remember too that if it involves an assertion by the attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, race to the kitchen and count your spoons…

"As the onion skins peel back, al-Yamamah emerges as not a defence contract at all but a vehicle for financial 'skimming' by rich Saudis (and Britons such as Mark Thatcher). While British governments could argue that before the 1998 convention such payments were legal, that has not been so since and they were specifically outlawed in 2001. Whitehall has been complicit in a colossal, secret and illegal act of bribery to win a grossly inflated contract. That is why Goldsmith had to suppress the SFO inquiry and why BAE dare not let Lord Woolf near the stinking trough. And Blair has the gall to call the press cynical." —Simon Jenkins

1 comment:

Michael said...

Seems to me there's a lot of truth in what Blair says; the news media has a herd mentality and prefers impact to substance.

Simon - on the other hand - is an exceptional journalist. Wish there were more like him!