Last week, the SKWAWKBOX showed video of SNP MP Deirdre Brock challenging Theresa May during PMQs (Prime Minister’s Questions) to provide an answer about a meeting she had with AggregatedIQ, one of the firms at the core of the referendum data scandal that has already brought down Cambridge Analytica. Ms Brock had already asked twice in writing:
- Why did Jeff Silvester and Zack Massingham visit Number 10 last autumn?
- Who did they meet?
- Who invited them?
- What was the purpose of the meeting?
- most importantly, why was the meeting not declared in the parliamentary Transparency Database?
Theresa May lied, claiming she had not seen the question – even though she had provided non-answers twice – and promised to provide an answer in writing, in a clear attempt to avoid having to answer the question there and then, in front of TV cameras.
As of this evening, a working week later, she has still not provided any response, as a spokesman for Ms Brock confirmed.
But it gets worse. A call to Downing Street press office yesterday elicited surprise that the matter was not considered closed and claimed that Mrs May had not received a letter. When it was pointed out that it was not a letter, but instead two formal written parliamentary questions, the press officer indicated that the responses given were probably all that would be forthcoming, but offered to check and come back.
No call back has been received.
Those answers – so meaningless and non-responsive as to be an insult to the intelligence, were as follows:
The Tories’ contempt for democracy and parliamentary process knows no bounds. The longer May refuses to answer questions about her meeting – and about why she did not declare it in the required way – the more damning it looks.
Hopefully Ms Brock will not be letting the matter rest.
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