Wednesday, October 19 2011
His personal statement in the House of Commons sounded like the pompous Oscar acceptance speech from the Director of a cheap porn movie.
Found guilty of clear breaches of the Ministerial Code by his own civil servants, Dr Fox took the opportunity to ooze thanks to his wife, the Prime Minister and even his constituents.
If I was one of Dr Fox's unfortunate constitituents, I might resent being thanked for my part in his flagrant abuse of an office of state. He used the position of the Secretary of State for Defence, not to further the cause of the over- stretched men and women of the armed forces fighting in Afghanistan or the neglected veterans struggling to cope in Civvy Street. He was too focused on the priority of doing his old chum a favour.
Does it makes you wonder what stone we turn over to find these people?
We elect them and pay for them and they see fit to neglect their serious duty in favour of getting stuck in to some serious spivving. If it happened on the battlefield I would hope he would have been shot.
And may I be the first to remind Dr Fox that on 17th October, while he was fighting and squirming to protect his tarnished reputation with well rehearsed media appearances, a young Gurkha soldier lost his life in the course of his duty.
Rifeman Vijay Rai of the 2nd Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles was killed while protecting a checkpoint in Afghanistan. He was 21 years old.
While Dr Fox and his chum were having cosy meetings with executives from defence companies, soldiers were being shot at in Helmand Province still worried about the right levels of support and kit.
Rifleman Rai's family issued a statement saying they were "very proud of him". His commanding officer said " Rifeman Rai was tough, loyal, uncomplaining and utterly professional".
It's a great shame the same could not be said for the Secretary of State.