Cameron is no stranger to ‘cash for questions’ scandals

cameronindiaThe recent scandal in Parliament concerning MPs taking bribes in return for tabling questions must bring back memories of the early 1990’s for Cameron.

Although we are not suggesting for one minute that Cameron had anything to do with the scandal, which was uncovered by The Guardian newspaper and The Cook Report investigative television documentary, there are a series of ‘coincidental’ events which seem to fall into place rather nicely for anyone who wants to put them together and come to their own conclusions.

The ‘cash for questions’ scandal broke in October 1994, when the Guardian newspaper alleged that Ian Greer, a parliamentary lobbyist, had bribed Conservative Members of Parliament to table parliamentary questions (among other things) on behalf of Mohammed Al-Fayed (then the owner of Harrods).

Also involved in a ‘sting’ to catch the MPs in question, The Cook Report – a long running, ground-breaking, hard hitting, and popular programme featuring investigative journalist Roger Cook – secretly recorded one of Geer’s lobbyists claiming that he ‘used MPs like taxis’ and paid them to table questions on behalf of the lobbying company’s clients.

Although the Cook Report had embarked on the project with the Guardian, and had amassed significant evidence against lobbyists and MPs, the series was unable to complete production of the programme. It was decided by TV executives that the ‘cash for questions’ scandal would be old news before they were able to air the episode – which would have been six months later. In light of this, The Guardian decided to go public in October 1994.

Out of The Cook Report’s 130 episodes, the ‘cash for questions’ episode is the only one that didn’t make it to air, and the undercover recordings were archived.

In July 1994, David Cameron took the position of Director of Corporate Affairs for Carlton Television – a position he gained though his connection with his (then) fiancés family. His future mother-in-law, Annabel Astor, contacted her friend, Michael Green, Chairman of Carlton Television, to see if he could find a job for Cameron so he could gain some corporate experience. Green described the request by Annabel Astor as being more of a command, and said in a press report “When she says to me, ‘Do something,’ I do it!” Something which was unusual for the not-so-timid Green to admit.

Central Independent Television was the company producing The Cook Report, and was acquired by Carlton Television – also in 1994.

During his time at Carlton, Cameron didn’t make much of a positive impression on those who had to conduct business with him.

When Jeff Randall was editor of Sunday Business, he had many encounters with Cameron. When Randall became Conservative Party leader in 2005, Randall wrote “I wouldn’t trust him with my daughter’s pocket money. In my experience, he never gave a straight answer when dissemblance was a plausible alternative. Whether he flat-out lied I won’t say, but he went a long way to leave me with the impression that the story was wrong. He put up so much verbal tracker you started to lose your own guidance system.”

Others who worked with Cameron during his Carlton years describe him in a similar way. City Editor of the Evening Standard described Cameron as “…aggressive, sharp-tongued, often condescending and patronising. If anyone had told me then he might become Premier I would have told them to seek help.”

Actor Ben Fellows was employed on The Cook Report. Ben was chosen because he looked around fifteen years of age, when in fact he was nineteen.

Part of the production required Ben to visit the office of Ian Greer to make a secret recording. When Ben arrived at the office, Kenneth Clarke, Conservative MP and currently part of Cameron’s government as Minister without Portfolio, was also there.

During the meeting, Ben alleges that Kenneth Clarke touched Ben’s penis through his trousers and made very overt lewd homosexual suggestions. Fortunately for Ben, the incident was recorded on the covert camera he had in the bag he had taken to Greer’s office. The full details of Ben’s allegations have been well documented through his internet channels, and on the recording of Ben’s statement to the police in 2012 – which can be viewed on YouTube.

The production team were to include the recording in the final production of the episode before it was shelved.

Interestingly, since Carlton took over Central, the recordings made for the ‘cash for questions’ episode of The Cook Report are nowhere to be found. Recordings of other Cook Report episodes are still available in the ITV archives to this day – but not material that would have exposed how corrupt and perverted the UK political system was and still is.

According to Carlton’s ‘official’ version, the recordings were disposed of as part of a clean-up (of course they were – but perhaps not the kind of clean up Carlton is trying to suggest).

Something else that does not logically fit is that previous episodes of The Cook Report were kept in archive, as were episodes of programmes which were no longer in production.

To dispose of one episode of a programme when others with subject matter that would be of much less interest to the public are kept just does not make sense at all.

Now back to Cameron.

Such was Cameron’s thirst for power, he boasted at a party in March 1996 how he was predicting his chances of getting a seat by working out which one of the (then) current incumbents were most likely to die.

Cameron spent seven years at Carlton, although he had no intention of making a career at Carlton, or any other company. It was always his intention to pursue his long-term goal of a life in politics. During his time at Carlton he took leave to run in elections – one in Stafford in 1997 which he lost, and another in the safe Conservative seat of Witney in Oxfordshire in 2001, which he won.

Cameron promptly left Carlton and entered parliament, where he equally failed to impress the Conservatives of the time.

So how does an obsessional, self-centred, ambitious, and seemingly unskilled individual get to rise up the party ladder?

We know what we think, and it is probably not far from the truth of the matter.

Favours for the ‘old-boys’ network will do wonders for one’s political career. And if you need proof of that, take a look at how current politicians and members of the cabinet have NOT been questioned or prosecuted for alleged wrong-doing – mainly surrounding the matter of child sexual abuse.

William Hague has never been held accountable for the abomination of an inquiry into the North Wales care home abuse scandal in which several prominent political figures were implicated but never investigated, and evidence against them was disallowed. It is alleged that Hague effectively quashed any investigation that probed into the affairs of cronies.

Then there is the scandal concerning Elm Guest House in North London, where children (mostly boys) were bussed to London to be abused by more prominent members of Her Majesty’s government. The police even have a list of names to work from. All we get in the mainstream media are reports of minor celebrities possibly having to face very dubious allegations as an exercise in a smoke-and-mirrors strategy to divert us away from real monsters who prey on children and the vulnerable.

Of course, Kenneth Clarke. He is far from being investigated, and has been maintained in government even though he has no useful role to play.

The recent news of an affair that would rock the government is an interesting one. We wonder if this will be suppressed by the current bunch of reprobates in power.

As a little aside, we wonder if Boris Johnson may be involved – perhaps with one of the minister’s wives. Pure speculation, – just a feeling considering what has been said so far and Boris’ reaction a couple of days ago when he was asked about Cameron.

However, Cameron and his cronies should be worried. They may think they have taken care of loose ends – but they have not.

They may try cover-ups, denials, and attempt to silence those who speak the truth, but they always forget something that will come back to bite them well and truly in the backside – and we have a feeling that could be very, very soon.

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