Saturday, March 04, 2006
Jowells' split a defensive ploy?
Now we hear she has broken up and immediately the cynical question arises: is this a ploy? Firstly it places distance between her and Mills, the better to preserve her career if his implodes. Secondly, and this would be subtly effctive, it gives credence to the story that she was anaware of David's activities with the loans and mortgages. What sort of a marriage is it when wife knows nothing of a third of a million pounds 'gift' to husband? One which is breaking down of course, when communication has ceased. Maybe this is being desperately unfair to Jowell but- given the parlous state of her political position- this just might have been an underlying consideration.
In fact, it is clear that Jowell knew exactly that the first mortgage was rapidly repaid. Otherwise, the subsequent transactions do not make sense. Her political "ignorance" is undeserving of comment.
But let's assume that Tessa really, really didn't know about hubby's Mafia dealings. This is PRECISELY why SHE MUST RESIGN to take responsibility for things that went wrong in the public aspects of her marriage. She was never shy about enjoying the good things her marriage brought her.
Tony has worked hard to make us forget the difference between political responsibility, and criminal responsibility in U.S. cop shows.
Political responsibility for personal matters is strict, whether the politician knew about an issue or not, and whether or not he or she caused the situation. Where there is reasonable doubt as to a minister's probity or reasonable behavior, the minister MUST RESIGN.
Tessa Jowell must resign today.
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