I think David Cameron made another mistake tonight by telling Sayeeda Warsi that she can keep her job and seat in the Cabinet, despite her having been found guilty of breaking the ministerial code. He gave as the reason for this decision the fact that she had not benefited personally from an official trip she made to Pakistan accompanied by her business partner and friend, and neither had he.
So this sends a message to people that it is OK to break the law as long as you don't benefit personally. If I break into a house but don't steal anything, does that mean that the courts won't punish me?
I presume Cameron means benefited financially (because that's as far as his mind is likely to go, but if she, and/or Mr Hussain, did not benefit in any way at all, then why did she take him? And why did she not inform her officials that she was taking him? She obviously intended to deceive. Why?
It was reported that Mrs Warsi's office was stretched when it came to making arrangements for foreign travel. This might be because Mrs Warsi is joint chairman of the Conservative party with special responsibility for communications with the grass root membership, a task which should, I would have thought, kept her firmly in the United Kingdom... mainly in England, where there is or are some grass roots. Just how many of the Conservative Party's grass roots live in Pakistan?
Mrs Warsi also faces a further inquiry, apparently this time by the House of Lords (not the police) for claiming for overnight expenses from the public purse, when in fact none had been incurred, as she had stayed at the home of a supporter who charged her nothing.
It's a mistake on Cameron's part because once again he has demonstrated that if you are an ordinary student, and you take a bottle of water from a shop that has been looted, you can expect 6 months in prison, but if you sit in the House of Lords, for no particular reason, and you knowingly break the ministerial code, you can carry on as if nothing has happened.
House of Lords' enquires are convoluted and designed to keep the police (who are employed to menace unimportant little criminals, and protect the aristocrats in their Lordships' House) at bay. I'd be surprised if they find her guilty of anything.
There is a list as long as your arm, of Lords and Ladies, who fiddled like Nero, and about whom we have heard no more.
They are all in one thing together... and we are all in something entirely different.