“The wider public interest outweighs the need to maintain the rule of law".
This never-to-be forgotten utterance of the Attorney-General, Lord Goldsmith of Weaselwords, announcing to parliament yesterday his decision to instruct the Serious Fraud Office to abandon their investigation into the financial honesty of arms deals between BAE Systems and the Saudi government, should be engraved on tablets of lead and hung round the necks of every NuLab government minister.
It is on a par with the prime minister’s infamous remark, a few weeks ago, that civil liberties were an idea more suited to another age than the present one. [You can almost see the smirk of self-satisfaction with which he delivered this [Eric] Blairite bon môt.]
I’ve not got the time or energy to recount the sordid allegations about the “Saudi Princes’ Slush Fund” scandal – in which the name of Mark Thatcher almost inevitably crops up somewhere – but for more public awareness of the private cavortings of these sybaritic descendants of the naïve “Lawrence of Arabia”’s romantic lithe young warrior-chieftains galloping in flowing white robes across the empty desert on thoroughbred stallions NOT to be in this country’s best interests strikes me as surrealist drivel. For one thing, it might curb the inflow of Saudi funds which foster UK Wahabbist Islamic extremism.
OK, if the can of worms was opened to public inspection we could have lost a lucrative 'defence' contract and thousands of jobs to the Frightful French. But we might have better preserved our national honour – if such a quaint notion cuts any vanishing ice anywhere any more.
I sometimes think