As you probably know, Hillary Clinton in recent days has been landing body blows on Boris Johnson for suppressing a parliamentary report on Russia until after Britain has gone to the polls. Some leaks indicate that Russian multi-billionaires were shoveling money to Tory politicians.
“Who do they think they are that they would keep information like that from the public, especially before an election?” Hillary asks, and then answers her own question. “Well, Ill tell you who they think they are. They think they are the all-powerful, strong men who should be ruling.”
I’m not sure about that powerful men dig, although it does match extremely well with Boris Johnson and Donald Trump. One genuinely strong man, Dominic Grieve, who’s a former attorney-general and chairman of the parliamentary committee that wrote the report, is pretty cheesed off too: “There has been a lot of disquiet about the possibility of Russian interference, and part of our report looks at that.” He also describes Johnson’s refusal to release the report until after the election as “jaw-dropping.”
It’s more than that – it’s bloody scandalous. Where are the other decent Conservatives like Dominic Grieve who are prepared to point the finger at a blatant piece of temporary censorship? Where are the Labour politicians to say this kind of self-serving control of information needed by the British public is simply not acceptable? Johnson shouldn’t be let get away with this.
Which reminds me – where in blazes (yes, quite, Virginia) is the RHI report? There was talk of it being released in June. Then talk of it being released at the end of the summer. Now it looks almost certain not to emerge until after Christmas.
As with the Dominic Grieve report, this looks very like a deliberate effort to avoid causing embarrassment to one particular party. Why aren’t we mad as hell? Why isn’t Nolan or Crawley all over this? Answers on the back of a postage stamp, please.