Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Danczuk's Diversion from Debtor's Retreat

JUST when it might have been thought that the combination of self-promotion, deliberately damaging his own party, and encouragement to “look over there” away from his own shortcomings by nominally Labour MP Simon Danczuk could not get any more bizarre and jaw-dropping, it did just that yesterday, and with the participation of Channel 4 News, whose staff one might have expected to know better.
Behold the representatives of Themselves Personally Now

The bandwagon onto which the MP for Rochdale has jumped on this occasion is the case of former MP Greville Janner, long suspected of improper behaviour with under-age males. That the CPS has decided not to prosecute Janner, on the grounds of his lack of capacity to defend himself, is well-known. Danczuk’s latest intervention makes the claim that the Labour leadership should have acted sooner to suspend him.

The Labour Party suspended Janner in April this year, “when the director of public prosecutions announced that while there was sufficient evidence to charge him with multiple counts of child abuse, a prosecution could not go ahead due to the ‘severity’ of his illness”. Danczuk has claimed “his party's leadership ‘failed to act quickly and efficiently’ to suspend Lord Janner”, despite his warning to Mil The Younger.

The Rochdale MP told Channel 4 News “he had been ‘visited by three senior officers from Leicestershire Police’ and that the alleged abuse that was disclosed to him in relation to Lord Janner's case was ‘stomach-churning’. He called on Ed Miliband to ‘suspend Lord Janner from the Labour party at the earliest opportunity’”. But what he did not tell was that a Police investigation was still going on at the time.

As the Labour Party has told, “When the Labour party received notice of the allegations against Lord Janner, we asked Leicestershire Police to confirm that they were pursuing an investigation with a view to bringing charges, but they were unable to do so … As soon as evidence was produced by the Crown Prosecution Service, Lord Janner was suspended from the Labour party”. What this means for Danczuk’s claims is therefore clear.

He is suggesting that Labour should have acted on the basis of allegations made by him - and that the Police were unable, or unwilling, to substantiate at the time. Yes, Simon Danczuk is suggesting - and Channel 4 News seems not to have challenged him on this - that Miliband should just have taken his word for it, and dispensed with any idea of seeing the actual evidence. Danczuk wants his own kangaroo court to prevail.

And what is worse is the impression is given that Danczuk has created this smokescreen to divert attention from his own problems, such as last week’s County Court Judgment against wife Karen for more than £2,000 of unpaid rent, and the revelation yesterday that his departing assistant Matt Baker was the sole author of the supposedly co-authored book on former Rochdale MP Cyril Smith.

There’s only one person the Labour Party should be expelling. Hello Simon Danczuk.

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