Among the many things the Establishment will be hoping is drowned out by other issues in the media this week, one stands out as especially damaging – and vile.
When whistleblower Shahmir Sanni exposed collusion and fund-moving among pro-Brexit groups during the referendum campaign and their use of controversial firm Cambridge Analytica, a spokesman for 10 Downing Street responded by ‘outing’ Sanni as gay – against his will.
A move that Mr Sanni believes has put his life and the life of his relatives in Pakistan at risk.
Attempts have been made to dismiss this action as merely a personal statement by the spokesman, Stephen Parkinson – but Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr revealed an email showing a Number 10 political press adviser sending Parkinson’s statement as official Downing Street communications:
This unconscionable – but according to Cadwalladr it also contains a lie, because an email between Parkinson and Shammi shows Wylie’s involvement:
For details of the confirmed use by the leave campaign of Cambridge Analytica’s services – and the decision of the BBC not to publish the information – see this Twitter thread.
Such behaviour by an adviser should result in immediate dismissal, if the PM is denying her personal involvement and responsibility. But instead, Theresa May has expressed her ‘full confidence’ in Parkinson:
As Twitter user Peter Jukes pointed out, this is an endorsement of an act of bullying of a type all too frequently associated with the Tory party:
But Parkinson was not acting in isolation. If May had even a shred of integrity and honour left, her sacking of Parkinson would be immediately followed by her resignation.
It will not be – because the Tories are too busy clinging desperately to power and avoiding a leadership contest.
And no amount of media-driven ‘dead cats’ can mask that fact.
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