Monday, 22 September 2008

Keith Vaz - more dirty doings

Back in July, we reported on the Keith Vaz/peerages question and here we are again, only two months later, being faced with yet another scandal concerning the Leicester East MP.

This time Vaz has infuriated a judge by intervening in a court case involving a dubious solicitor friend, Shahrokh Mireskandari, who was about to lose an expensive legal battle until Vaz stepped in. Lo and behold, Mireskandari is the person handling the claims made by Ali Disaei and others of racism in the Met. Police Force. There are doubts that Mireskandari is even a bone-fide solictor, and is anyway a convicted fraudster. Anyone reading about this shady person, and the multiple race claims would be forgiven for thinking: "Scam!". The truth will eventually out on that affair, but in the meantime Vaz has been well and truly caught in some very shady dabbling. Once again, we ask (a bit louder this time) that Keith Vaz resign and allow the people of Leicester East to elect someone who's actions smell sweeter than the stuff that the neighbourhood mongrel no doubt deposits outside the present incumbent's front gate.

So,let's recapture some memories of Keith Vaz's career:

1989: Vaz led a protest by 3,000 muslim demonstrators, calling for Salman Rushdie's book, The Satanic Verses to be withdrawn while defending the rights of minorities to have their say.

Once an Arch-Eurosceptic, he denounced those in his Party critical of the European Union.

An outspoken advocate of 'black sections' within the Labour party - but after winning Leicester East, a seat with some 16,000 non-white voters at the time, he turned against black sections on entering Parliament.

2000: He was embroiled in the Hinduja brothers affair over his role in their passport applications. He failed to co-operate fully with the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Elizabeth Filkin. There were 28 allegations, only one of which he was censured for: that of accepting £4,500 from solicitor, Sarosh Zaiwalla -who he recommended for a knighthood some years later!

Another allegation from the Filkin enquiry concerned his ownership of 5 properties, only 3 of which he declared. Coincidently, he transferred ownership of one of those properties to his mother only 8 days after Filkin had requested details!

2001: Vaz was embroiled in the Nadhi Auchi scandal when he helped the Iraqi-born billionaire to avoid extradition. Vaz had been a Director of the British arm of Auchi's corporation, yet denied any official meetings with the businessman. Even so, he was spotted in Auchi's Bentley outside the latter's London home.

July, 2008: Rumours were rife that Vaz had been offered a peerage or honour as a reward for backing the measure to hold terror suspects for 42 days. He had previously been opposed to the plans but later gave it his full backing. Vaz did not outright deny the possibility that such would be his reward (Geoff Hoon certainly thought he merited one, as his private letter to Vaz showed).

The Guardian called Keith Vaz: "double-jointed; the most ambitious and flexible of politicians". Rather an understatement; we believe that Leicester East deserves better than this. Keith Vaz: just GO, please.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

His name just keeps cropping up in the context of scandal after scandal - who elected him? There are a lot of people who clearly have short memories or who simply do bot care what sort of scum are running the show.