Ex-ministers in cash for influence row – what’s the fuss about?


So the great New Labour stalwarts Stephen Byers and Patricia Hewitt have been caught offering to influence Government policy in exchange for cash.

Seems to me that they were simply demonstrating their commitment to Britain’s entrepreneurial culture and their dedication to the principle of expanding market forces in the public sector.

After all, we should be intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich. Byers and Hewitt are so relaxed about it that they’re willing to themselves get filthy rich for the cause.

But sadly however successful Byers and Hewitt are in their efforts to contribute to the UK’s economic growth through (personal) wealth creation, the Parliamentary Labour Party will be a poorer place after the election when both of them will move on to pastures new.


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