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July 29, 2006

Ruth Kelly

The Gorsefox has an interesting little piece about Ruth Kelly.

My, doesn’t power corrupt?

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Which bit do you regard as corrupt - an MP supporting residents' objections to proposed developments, or a Secretary of State asking councils to meet their housebuilding targets?

Posted by: Jim | Jul 29, 2006 1:36:15 PM

Possibly that fact that, when she relied on constituents support she was happy to support their views and represent them - now she has her snout in the trough of a cabinet post, they can go hang as far as she is concerned...

Not that that makes her unusual among politicians, of course!

Posted by: JuliaM | Jul 29, 2006 1:51:53 PM


I'm with Jim on this one. There seems to be a clear division between her campaigns on constituency matters and her adherence to collective responsibility once within Cabinet.

One could say that John Reid's attendance at a rally against the closure of Monklands Hospital by the Scottish Executive, while implementing hospital closures in England as Secretary of State for Health, was conduct of a far wrose character. Opportunist populism is not corrupt per se.

Posted by: Martin | Jul 29, 2006 3:42:02 PM

Gorse Fox sees it more as hypocrisy than corruption. And he disagrees that it is "collective responsibility". It is irresponsible and ill thought out.

Posted by: Gorse Fox | Jul 29, 2006 5:22:45 PM

Her appointment or the policy?

Posted by: Martin | Jul 29, 2006 5:44:33 PM