The resignation honours list of David Cameron and George Osborne discloses how personally loyal these two men are to the teams of individuals who have helped them to cope with the highs and lows of what must be very difficult lives to deal with when the spotlight was full on. It also shows how desperately out of proportion certain parts of our society have become with such extensive support networks that are in effect the personal courts of such people. No doubt the same would be true of some of our top stars in various walks of life, but at least these people are paid by the star themselves, most of these people have been paid out of the public purse. If these men and women, no doubt highly skilled in their chosen field had been employed to run a business, potentially they could have generated Millions of pounds for the economy. I welcome the idea that the drivers for Osborne and Cameron have been rewarded for their hard work with a chance to see the inside of Buckingham Palace, rather waiting in the car while their bosses are wined and dined. The same is true for some of the other names on the list who have ensured that the two men arrived on time to do the work they were elected to do. However the fact that there are over 30 names of such people speaks of extravagance and a squandering of our funds to an extreme degree. When George Osborne famously said in October 2012 that we we are all in this together, perhaps rather than speaking to the 1000 or so delegates in the hall in Birmingham or the wider audience on TV and via newspapers, he was merely speaking to his 10 or so special advisers and his driver.
While I have some sympathy with the idea of rewarding a few people in the back office team for their hard work, accepting that the teams should have been somewhat smaller, I have no understanding of why Cameron has been allowed to reward MPs and ex-Cabinet Ministers and party donors. These men and women have been honoured in essence because Cameron wants to pay off his debts as Desmond Swayne suggested, and I suspect because Cameron believes one or two will be left behind in future honours lists. This is an appalling way for our Government and her top Ministers to behave and I believe that Theresa May should have intervened on these honours, if not on the extent of the other part of the list. To saddle the country in perpetuity with the influence of men like Fallon and Letwin by granting them seats in the Lords, let alone donors to the party such as Andrew Cook is proof that this Government has failed to do what David Cameron promised in this article in the Guardian in 2009.
“We also need to look seriously at the immense power prime ministers wield through their ability to call an election whenever they want. I know there are strong political and moral arguments against fixed-term parliaments. Moral – because when a prime minister has gone into an election and won it promising to serve a full term, but then hands over to an unelected leader halfway through, the people deserve an election as soon as possible….The principle underlying all the political reforms a Conservative government would make is the progressive principle of redistributing power and control from the powerful to the powerless.”
Cameron through his resignation has ensured we now have an unelected leader, leading the country and by distributing these top honours to the already powerful whilst ensuring the powerless drivers and speechwriters receive OBE’s and MBE’s shows what a lie Cameron is making of this article and his promises to create a new Politics.