What a sacked defence secretary & 2 recalled MPs really says about Britain today

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2019



The past 24 hours in the UK have revealed two apparently contradictory things:

  • Standards in public life are declining
  • Standards in public life are being upheld

I say this on account of three developments:

  1. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson was summarily sacked for allegedly leaking a National Security Council discussion about Huawei. Whether or not his protestations of innocence are to be believed, the principle of cabinet discipline at least has been emphasised at a point the government seems in disarray.
  2. Then there is the recall petition to remove Fiona Onasanya, the MP found guilty of lying to avoid a speeding ticket. Ms Onasanya has become the first British parliamentarian to be removed from office by a recall petition.
  3. Meantime, Chris Davies, the Conservative MP for Brecon and Radnorshire, will face a recall petition on May 9 after pleading guilty to submitting a false expenses claim.

All three developments suggest that if leakers, liars and cheats are in public office in Britain today, they also get their comeuppance.


Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK

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