Liam Fox: torn


1:54 pm - October 10th 2011

by Dave Osler    


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Did Australian angst rock princess Natalie Imbruglia personally broker BAE Systems’ $15.8m contract to upgrade the Chilean army’s howitzer capacity? I only ask because the lucky girl lists Liam Fox among her former squeezes, and as we know, the defence secretary can be extremely accommodating to the commercial interests of old friends.

As a special adviser to Dr Fox myself – well, that’s what it says on my business cards, anyway – I should stress here that no concrete charges of misconduct have at this point been made against him.

Nevertheless, his obvious closeness to defence consultant Adam Werritty does create what Fox called at the weekend ‘an impression of wrongdoing’. Moreover, hard evidence seems to contradict some of Fox’s earlier statements in this affair.

As senior politician at the Ministry of Defence, Fox has one of the most sensitive jobs in government. His brief takes in not only the armed services, but responsibility to act as a super salesman for the arms trade, the one remaining high tech manufacturing sector in which a substantially deindustrialised Britain still claims world leadership in export terms.

In many cases, this entails pimping weaponry to regimes that use what they buy both for internal repression and external aggression. Arms consultants – people like Werritty – make often not inconsiderable livings by ensuring they get a slice of the pie.

For obvious reasons, I am reluctant to use the expression ‘smoking gun’ in any story that involves the MoD. But if it is proven either that Werritty secured financial advantage from hanging around Whitehall with his former flatmate, or that Fox has been less than truthful in answering questions, then it is quite clear that Fox should go.

He may not quite be naked on the floor, and I apologise right now to readers who find that image disturbing. But to paraphrase Ms Imbruglia’s 1997 anthem to all those with conflicted personal lives, he’s wide awake and he should see the perfect sky is torn.

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“[Natalie Imbruglia] lists Liam Fox among her former squeezes”

Wait, what?

Agreed. And unlike last year with all the leaks – for which I think Cameron should have sacked him – Fox is now damaged goods and would not become the focus of back-bench disquiet, as I posted earlier:

http://zelo.tv/q26LNB

Plus Young Dave doesn’t know just how much more the Guardian and Telegraph will chuck at Fox in the coming days. The idea of him having to remain because of his being impeccably Thatcherite is crap. Plenty more right-wingers are available – after all, it is the Tory Party.

3. Chaise Guevara

“He’s wide awake and he should see the perfect sky is torn.”

This made me giggle more than it had any real right to.

Any excuse to post a link to David Armand’s brilliant interpretation of Torn.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asJJ2xoWgus

So long as he’s not lying naked on the floor…

6. Chaise Guevara

Apparently his friend had a pass that said he was an advisor – do you reckon that illusion never changed into something real?

Surely it was Nathaniel Imbruglia, simple printing error – no problem.

Perhaps his cross Atlantic chums have simply told Dave; “lay off him, he’s one of ours”?
They seem to have been able to dismiss / appoint their choice of Foreign Secretaries in the past, and Liam does have some powerful friends……………………………………….
He even looks a bit like Blair

Irony was abolished 40 years ago, so I had to look this one up. Liam pretended to be a good friend of Natalie. He actually did. Good gag, but if I’d been Dave I’d’ve linked the piece in the post…

Liam should just have taken a leaf from the previous governments guide to cronyism and asked DC to make his old flat mate a Lord, then given him an official role in government. Would have avoided all of this.

11. Arthur Seaton

Poor Dr Fox is just being punished for having a friend. Why shouldn’t he have a friend? This just isn’t fair.

Surely it was Nathaniel Imbruglia, simple printing error – no problem.

It would seem there is more than a whiff of homophobia surrounding the hounds pursuing this particular Fox………..

So who will be the “Ultimate Judge” in matters moral concerning Dr. Fox? Well, it won’t be a “god” if thats what you think!
To find out check out “What seems to be the problem doctor?” at globaldot.net

14. Col. Richard Hindrance (Mrs)

“It would seem there is more than a whiff of homophobia surrounding the hounds pursuing this particular Fox………..”

Considerably less than the stench of homophobia concerning Fox’s own voting record on gay rights, though.


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