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Monday, October 12, 2009

Legg Protects The Powerful


Thomas Legg has been involved in auditing the House Of Commons since 2004. He would have known the expenses scandal was coming, and could well have been the one who warned Blair to get out when he did, and ensured the scandal was nicely timed to disrupt Cameron.

Blair certainly took the trouble to have all his expenses claims shredded as he left office. But surely the Fees Office must have kept some information on Blair?

What information is there and where is it?

I see. Scone, apart from a £230 bill for file shredding 'as requested'.

There are, it seems, questions Blair should be made to answer - such as this in The Telegraph -

The documents show that Mr Blair remortgaged his constituency home for £296,000, almost 10 times what he paid for it, months before he bought his town house in London for £3.65 million. Mr Blair was able to claim on his parliamentary expenses for the interest repayments on almost a third of the new mortgage on his constituency home.

Legg was very close to someone who was as close as it is possible to be with Cherie Blair - the Lord Chancellor Derry Irvine.



This from 1998 -

'When I was first appointed Lord Chancellor,' he (Derry) drones, 'my Permanent Secretary, Sir Thomas Legg, impressed upon me the advantages for me, both as Lord Chancellor and as Speaker, of living in the residence. I took the view that there was much to be said for accepting that advice.'...

If you remember there was no expense spared in having the place redecorated, and I mean $1 million was spent.

See Independent here -

THE Lord Chancellor yesterday insisted he had no responsibility for the pounds 650,000 restoration of his grace and favour residence in the House of Lords.

In an attempt to restore some of the shine to his reputation as England's most senior law officer, and end the controversy, he issued a statement saying responsibility rested with three committees for the choice of wallpaper, furniture and fittings, which include a new lavatory. It made clear he had not been responsible for the decision to use wallpaper costing pounds 59,211, beds at pounds 8,000 each, or Pugin-style furniture to fill the apartment.


People must surely start putting two and two together. The same people who were piling into the trough themselves for hundreds of thousands, and whose reputations so far survive intact, are now responsible for trying to drag MPs through court for a few hundred, destroying their reputations in the process.

Is this all part of the same programme?

Destroying the sovereignty and credibility of Parliament?

Now who would want to do that?

The Judiciary and the European Court of Justice?

The cap fits. The Blairs want Parliament destroyed so they can move on up to the big game as EU President and First Lady, where the really big money rolls. But first, that little detail of getting the Lisbon Treaty signed off has to occur.

The only place that they can really be stopped is in the British House of Commons with Cameron using his coming majority to undo Britain's ratification. The Blairs want Parliament crushed, and Cameron wants it brought back to life. A tussle of major proportions is developing.

Sir Thomas Legg, I am sure, is himself lilly white as regards his accounting. He would have to be. But those he protects, and who have had their expenses claims covered up, like the Blairs and Mandelson, are now the ones about to trough far bigger sums and enjoy greater yet powers of patronage in the EU as President and Commissioner, as their payback for the destruction of British democracy.

Trashing the reputation of MPs is all part of the process, and Sir Thomas Legg has carried out his role to perfection, making sure the political fallout occurs at exactly the right moment when Britain needs to fight its way out of the Lisbon Treaty, and needs as much confidence in its democratic institutions as possible.

Well done, Sir Thomas. Most ingenious. Maybe this commentary from Craig Murray, former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan might apply -

Sir Thomas Legg, quintessential insider, the Establishment Man's Establishment Man: as unctuous a piece of slime as ever slithered around the corridors of Whitehall. In his "Independent" Arms to Africa inquiry he exonerated mercenary Tim Spicer and Executive Outcomes against the evidence and after taking direct instruction from No 10 on the kind of whitewash to produce.

Just a few additions -

Others are noticing.

From Sky Blog comments today -Tony Blair must be wringing his hands over the fact that he cannot demonstrate that with regard to the expenses scandal he cannot prove that he is, 'Lilly White'. - Never mind Tony, I am sure that the auditors are very mindfully forgiving over the fact that at the same time as you ditched the office of prime minister, all record of your claims for various expenses also were ditched; the explanation being that such documentation was shredded, purely by "accident"; but, I wonder who put the shredder into over-drive, yeh??

BACKGROUND OF SIR THOMAS LEGG KCB - and traitors' pet



He is 74 years old and has been involved in the appointment of judges for the last 20 years, being broadly in favour of dropping merit as the criterion of appointment, and instead, promoting women and ethnic minorities. He stated,

the appointment of judges is properly a political act, in the broadest sense of the term, and I think it should be done by a political authority.

So I agree with the Government in preferring a ‘Recommending’ Commission. I think the Commission should give the Secretary of State a real choice, for which he should take a real responsibility. And for my part I think it should always be the Secretary of State – the opportunity should be taken to eliminate the Prime Minister from all appointments below the new Supreme Court, except perhaps that of the Lord Chief Justice.


It seems that someone who is deciding who appoints the judges, and is also permitted to put one over on MPs as regards MPs, is an exceedingly powerful person. His association with Derry Irvine Lord Chancellor is the source of his position, and Irvine is the Blair's man.

Here are his biographic details -

Born in London in 1935, Tom Legg went to school at Horace Mann in New York and Frensham Heights in England. After National Service in the Royal Marines, he read history and law at St John’s College, Cambridge. Called to the Bar in 1960, he joined the Lord Chancellor’s Department (now the Department of Constitutional Affairs) in 1962.

His work there included law reform, the administration of the courts, European and international legal issues, and the appointment of judges. In 1989, Sir Thomas became the head of his Department, serving as the Lord Chancellor’s Permanent Secretary and Clerk of the Crown in Chancery until 1998. The Department he had first joined consisted of 12 lawyers, all working in the House of Lords. By the time he retired, it had grown to be responsible for over 20,000 staff, more than 500 buildings and a budget of over £2 billion.

Since his retirement from the Civil Service, Sir Thomas’s work has included chairmanship of the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, and membership of the Audit Commission and the House of Commons Audit Committee.

13 comments:

VotR said...

Total whitewash. Very Labour.

bill baker said...

"Thomas Legg has been involved in auditing MP's expenses since 2004."

No - he was appointed in 2009 to examine the claims made by MPs since 2004. Before 2009 he had no involvement in the system.

tapestry said...

Is that right, bill?

When was he a member of the HoC Audit Commission?

Odin's Raven said...

See Craig Murray's blog at
http://www.craigmurray.org.uk/weblog.html

He comments very acidly on this man, regarding him as the Insider's Insider.

tapestry said...

Craig Murray, from memory, was the ambassador to Uzbekistan who whistle blew about Uzbeks being given visas to work in Britain too easily, and was sacked, losing his pension rights I believe.

The Blair system was always dodge punishment while breaking rules and enriching oneself, but ensure those who resist get destroyed.

It was in truth a reign of terror by a corrupt and traiterous regime.

MPs saw Blair and Mandelson and all their cronies getting rich, and imagined that they could get involved in a bit of bunce too.

But when the money flow was cut off, Blair and Mandelson had all his Treaties signed, and has their feet under the table in Brussels.

Mere MPs are now not only expendable, but actually need to be destroyed as the only people who can turn Lisbon and the EU around.

There could be a vote on Monday morning cancelling Britain's Lisbon ratification. Why not?

tapestry said...

They could organise a vote on Monday morning about Lisbon - I mean !

If I was an MP, I would want to put one over on Blair and stop his deification.

Haven't we all had enough of his crookery?

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Nick said...

Wastn't the deal, provide the evidence or repay the money.

Why hasn't Blair been asked to provide the receipts? No receipts, no cash.

Secondly, why aren't the MPs paying interest on what is effectively an interest free loan? That's thousands.

Alfred the Ordinary said...

Don't forget the other actor. Elizabeth Filkin was appointed Parliamentary Commissioner for standards in 1999. She appears to have taken a conscientious approach to her job, exposing a "shocking pattern of arrogance, corruption, greed bullying and deception among ministers, ordinary MPs and leading figures from the Conservative opposition".

Peter Oborne devotes several pages to her removal from her position, in his 2007 book, The Triumph of the Political Class. He says:

"The readiness of ministers to sit idly by while Mrs Filkin was pilloried and driven from her job is one of the most morally disgusting episodes I have witnessed as a journalist and as a human being. I tried to expose it at the time, but no one wanted to listen. It has lingered in my mind ever since, and every so often I have learned fresh and ever more disquieting facts about it. It is essentially the story of how MPs destroyed the reputation of a woman emphatically not because she had done anything wrong, but because she was too assiduous in doing her duty. The revolting spectacle of how three main political parties colluded in the use of Parliament to destroy the reputation of a decent woman was my main spur for writing this book."

On Feb 17th, 2002, The Independent newspaper said:

"Mrs Filkin could so easily have been remembered as the woman whose sleazebusting investigations precipitated the demise of Mr Mandelson - twice; millionaire Labour donor, Mr Robinson; and Britain's first Asian minister, Mr Vaz. But her premature departure from office probably precludes that. Instead the attention she has drawn to the failure of the system of scrutiny in general might well spawn the stronger, fairer system which could be her legacy. It is one, I suspect, she would prefer."

Of course the the stronger, fairer system did not come about. The whole Expense scandal was then simply inevitable.

tapestry said...

Thanks Alfred. Even Oborne does not dare mention the Blairs. They are above the level of criticism and exposure.

That's real power.

I never read The Triumph Of The Political Class. Sounds like I should.

Alfred the Ordinary said...

I would also recommend Oborne's "The Rise of Political Lying". He does not give the Blairs an easy rise. In this book, he reminds us of the actual lies spoken, many of which were just a dim memory for me.

I find the way that lying by the Political class has become a cultural norm, to be one of the saddest revolutions that have been brought about since 1997. However, there are a few noble warriors who have not succumbed.

tapestry said...

Anyone we know?

Alfred the Ordinary said...

That should have read "He does not give the Blairs an easy ride."

tapestry said... Anyone we know?

As for noble warriors, Frank Field springs to mind, plus maybe Norman Baker and Peter Lilley and I'm sure that there are others.