Fox's departure leaves Cameron looking inept
Published 17/10/2011 | 05:00
IF the court of public opinion had the power to convict people, the disgraced former defence minister, Liam Fox, and his best friend, Adam Werritty, would already be serving long prison sentences.
The extraordinary revelations about the way in which Fox and Werritty tried to run a mini-Whitehall of their own in pursuit of a right-wing agenda on key issues such as defence, health, the Middle East and even Sri Lanka, have exposed serious weaknesses in the way the prime minister, David Cameron, runs his cabinet.
Ironically, Cameron himself is only too well aware of the dangers of letting paid lobbyists roam around Westminster. In a speech before the general election last year, he warned: "It is the next big scandal waiting to happen. It's an issue that crosses party lines and has tainted our politics for too long, an issue that exposes the far-too-cosy relationship between politics, government, business and money. We all know how it works: the lunches, the hospitality, the quiet word in your ear, the ex-ministers and ex-advisers for hire, helping big business to get its way."