Labour and Tories: united in blocking corruption investigations

by Stephen Tall on April 12, 2008

This week’s High Court ruling that the Government acted unlawfully in dropping the probe into corruption allegations around the Al Yamamah arms deal was deeply embarrassing for this supposedly ‘purer than pure’ Labour Government. As the judges ruled:

We fear for the reputation of the administration of justice if it can be perverted by a threat … No one, whether within this country or outside, is entitled to interfere with the course of our justice. The rule of law is nothing if it fails to constrain overweening power.”

But Labour don’t have to worry too much about any political repercussions – because they’re immoral stance is backed to the hilt by the Tories. As today’s Guardian reports:

Gordon Brown yesterday won Conservative backing for a move that would allow the government to block future criminal investigations such as the corruption case against the arms company BAE Systems. … Yesterday the shadow attorney general, Dominic Gieve, said: “We believe the existing system, by which the attorney is responsible for the public interest in deciding whether or not a prosecution should be discontinued because of national security issues, should continue. The attorney is accountable to parliament for her actions and her decision can be challenged in the courts if made unreasonably or capriciously.”

If you’re at all curious why Labour and the Tories should be united in their belief that the rule of law doesn’t matter a damn, click on these articles previously published by Lib Dem Voice:
The ConHome verdict on Tories’ BAE bribes silence (11th June, 2007)
BAE, corruption and more silence from the Conservatives (8th June, 2007)
Another day, another BAe corruption debate (2nd February, 2007)
Al Yamamah: Conservatives silent, yet again (17th January, 2007)
David Cameron and Saudi corruption (21st December, 2006)
Al Yamamah: Conservatives silent, again (20th December, 2006)

And you can of course read a whole lot more about this Tory/Labour arms scandal at the Lib Dems’ Corruption is a Crime website.