Keith Vaz has never been squeaky clean. A quick look at his Wikipedia entry shows a political entry dominated by controversy – the Filkin inquiry, the Hinduja affair, suspension from the Commons. He is, in short, either a dubious fellow or incredibly unlucky.
Which makes it all the more strange that everyone’s focusing their attention on Boris’s reaction to being rumbled at the Damina Green inquiry. The political commentators can all see what’s happened – Vaz saw an opportunity to corner Boris, poked and prodded him until he blew up – then released the transcript and waited for the Big Bozza to go postal. I seem to remember a similar kind of thing happening to people quite a lot when I was at school.
The media are, of course, having a field day! Even Radio 4 got in on the fun, employing actors and beeping machines to play out the transcript of the conversation in (almost) all its glory. Boris compounded the embarrassment further by being caught cycling inside City Hall, something the security guards didn’t take kindly to. His mind was probably preoccupied by working out precisely how tightly to strangle Vaz.
I should think Boris is more annoyed that he’s allowed himself to be caught like a heffalump in a trap – he’s forgotten the number 1 rule, Don’t Feed The Trolls. Vaz has revealed that the Home Affairs Select Committee is anything but balanced.
Next time,Â it’s Keith Vaz who should be keeping things clean.