Friday, 22 November 2013
Paul Flowers CO-OP Bank Scandal
While stuck in traffic this afternoon along with thousands of other motorists following a serious accident on the M60 motorway close to Bredbury I was flicking the radio channels when I came across Phil Trow of BBC Radio Manchester interviewing the Wigan Labour MP Lisa Nandy about the scandal regarding Paul Flowers, the former chairman of the Cooperative Bank.
Not only was Mr Flowers head of the Cooperative Bank but he was also a senior Labour Party adviser. When Nandy was challenged about Flowers and his Labour Party links her answers were far from convincing. In typical Labour fashion she attempted to deflect blame as well as dropping suggestions that the Labour Party had no idea he was a bad egg, however they were aware of him having a conviction for committing an act of gross indecency in a public place with another man.
It is surprising to consider that this was not deemed serious enough to prevent him standing as a Labour candidate nor does it seem to have featured when the decision was made to appoint him chairman of a major UK bank. But there again, the Labour Party does have serious form when it comes to this kind of thing. This list which is far from exhaustive has some shocking information about many of the deviants who can be found lurking behind the red rosette. Next time a Labour canvasser knocks on your door you never know what lies behind that cheesy smile and the cleverly crafted veneer of respectability.
You can listen to what Lisa Nandy MP had to say by clicking here and fast forwarding to 02.02.30. After you have listened I think you will agree that it is small wonder that people now have little faith in politicians.