There cannot be a single person here who hasnâ€™t heard the allegations surrounding the alleged activitis of Mr Keith Vaz MP allegedly.
I make no comment on the subject and content of those allegations as it is not within my personal xperience to know whether they are true or not.
The attitude and behaviour of Mr Vaz since the allegations broke leave something to be desired.
He apparently pitched up for work yesterday and got stuck in, adking questions, as though nothing has happened.
He has referred the matter to his solictor, as it is right to do. Â He has cmplained vociferously about the actions of the media, but not much that would constitute a denial or rebuttal of the allegations.
I have read varying accounts but as Â I understand it he initially declined to stand down as Chair of HASC. Â This is where I find his arrogance comes into play. Â He is the Chair of a powerful Parliamentary committee, one that holds people to account, and pronounces judgement on ethics, legality and so on and so forth. Â Be he Guilty or Not Guilty, surely the moral and ethical thing to do would be to stand down, at least temporarily while these allegations are investigated.
I find it incomprehensible that he hasnâ€™t already been suspended from the Labour Party and/or HASC. Â In his current situation there is no way he would pass vetting for access to confidential and sensitive material. No way at all. Â Another reason why he should stand down.
As I type I have just seen that he has resigned as Chair of HASC. Â I think that is the right and proper course of action and the very least he could do, but why did he not do ityesterday?
He is an elected public official. Â If a Police Officer, of any rank, was similarly accused I would expect that officer to be suspended from duty until the allegations were proven or otherwise. Should the allegations be proven, I would expect Bye Bye, end of career. Â Why should Mr Vaz not face similar sanctions? Â It has been said by some senior politicians that is a â€˜Privateâ€™ matter. Â I disagree he is/was the Chair of an influential public government committee, often in the public eye. Â The public are entitled to expect certain standards from such a person, and if those standards are called into question then maybe a spot of Gardening Leave while they are being investigated might be appropriate.
You can try and bluff it out Mr Vaz, and you may well be Not Guilty or you may have been Set Upâ€™ but never ignore the rights, wishes and expectations of the voting public and taxpayers.Â