Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

High time prime minister ran this Fox to ground

I have already e-mailed David Cameron, telling him what I would like him to do with Defence Minister Liam Fox.

Needless to say, I am not expecting a reply from him, nor am I expecting him to accede to my suggestion to sack Mr Fox.

My reasons are simply that Mr Fox is not a naive teenager; he is a middle-aged, experienced politician who ought to know better than to have his best man traipsing about with him while on Government business.

Why? First of all it was wrong, for it creates fear and distrust in the mind of Joe Public - not to mention giving carte blanche for the media to make a laughing-stock of the political system.

And I won't even mention the Opposition.

The public are still recovering from the Murdoch saga and the open back door to Government ministers - including prime ministers. One debacle of political embarrassment just follows another.

Like the rest of the world, we are in a financial crisis.

We do not need distractions of this nature.

The business of getting a stable economy that the people of this (and any) country deserves should not be saddled with, nor inconvenienced by, the mindless actions of one incompetent person.

So, I say again to David Cameron: show Joe Public some honesty, integrity and leadership.

Sack your defence minister and the rest of his colleagues should hopefully get the message.

It's Joe Public that ministers should be thinking about pleasing - not their cronies.

Kircubbin, Co Down

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