Saturday, May 23, 2009

Andrew MacKay to step down at next general election

Cranmer is deeply distressed. It is with a heavy heart indeed that he hears that Andrew MacKay is to step down at the next general election. Last night Mr MacKay was boasting that his constituents supported him 3:1, and only this morning he was adamant that he would be standing in Bracknell once again at the next general election. He has been David Cameron's eyes and ears (or ' mine-sweeper') ever since Mr Cameron became the Party Leader.

In an age of gender equality, it is difficult now to see how Julie Kirkbride can survive.

Mr MacKay's statement read:

Following a conversation with David Cameron this morning I have decided to step down as candidate for Bracknell at the next general election. I believe I could be a distraction at a time when he is working to get elected as prime minister with the good working majority necessary to take the tough decisions to turn this country around. I hope my decision to step down goes some way to showing my constituents how sorry I am about my own situation. I would never forgive myself if my candidature distracted voters from the key issues and particularly David's rousing call for change. It has been both a privilege and huge fun to represent the people of Bracknell for 26 years. I understand why people are angry. I hope my decision to step down goes some way to showing my constituents how sorry I am about my own situation.

How sorry he is about his own situation?

What contrition it is which maintains an egocentric obsession with one's own plight! Where is the humility or the thought of others? One wonders about the situation of the impoverished taxpayer, which is not ameliorated by this decision one bit. Does he not even now give a thought to the situation of his deceived constituents? Or to the situation of his loyal and trusting local members? After all, £300,000 isn't a bad scam. And by stepping down down now, he avoids having to repay a penny.

The Conservative Party needs honest men and women; good people, noble and true. Cranmer agrees with the Archbishop of Canterbury that the mantra 'no rules were broken', deployed by many MPs and by Andrew MacKay up to the last, is a mentality which represents a 'basic problem' in contemporary moral thinking. While the departure of Mr MacKay is the very fulfilment of Enoch Powell's maxim that all political careers end in failure, it has to be observed that this particular failure is a deeply personal one, the fount of which was Andrew MacKay's own arrogance, deceit, duplicity, and his disgraceful delusional belief in his own omnipotent infallibility.

One hopes there is not the remotest possibility of Lord MacKay of Bracknell...


Blogger someday said...

Mr and Mrs M. should be investigated by the rozzers.

23 May 2009 at 19:05  
Anonymous Essence of Swine Flu said...

I quite like him to be honest, but probably for all the wrong reasons. Is he related to Freddie Star? He has that outrageous face and glint in his eyes that leaves you wondering about anything he says. He has obviously lived a very deluded and sheltered existence.

Why has the ABC suddenly woken up, who has rattled his cage?

23 May 2009 at 19:17  
Blogger Johnny Rottenborough said...

All parties, and the long-suffering people, need 'honest men and women; good people, noble and true' in Parliament but, assuming such paragons could be persuaded to stand for election, even they would be corrupted by power. Politics will always attract reprehensible people because of the power it offers. The answer is to build into our system of government as many checks and balances as possible.

The House of Commons needs to rediscover its original rôle of holding the executive to account, the House of Lords needs to have more power to block bills, and the people must be able to propose subjects for referendum.

Of course, if we remain in the EU, there's no need to do any of the above. Rather, we might just as well shut Parliament down and resign ourselves to rule by the Brussels dictatorship.

23 May 2009 at 19:20  
Anonymous mcken said...

I am trying my very level best not to enjoy all of this pain and suffering....but its not working.

Jesus, Mary Mother of God, I would never have dared to pray for any of this, but it seems He has been reading my mind all this time.

23 May 2009 at 19:35  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Your Grace,

You have shown yourself to be non-partisan in your pursuit of the corrupt. You and ConHome have excelled yourselves - very well done. I'd quite like Dan Hannan to get Totnes and Tim Montgomerie to get Gosport. Could Your Grace be persuaded to consider standing in Bracknell?

23 May 2009 at 19:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You forgot to mention about going professional. I've been taking allergy tablets and all.

23 May 2009 at 20:29  
Blogger Tachybaptus said...

'How sorry is he about his own situation?'

Sorry enough to use the same sentence in its entirety twice in the same brief declaration. A simple paste error, but perhaps the fact that he didn't bother to reread such an important announcement says something about him.

23 May 2009 at 22:15  
Blogger Christian-Jedi-Alliance said...

There is a disturbance in the blogsphere???!!?

Dizzy, Guido, Dorries and Mr Dale have been talking utter bollocks over the past few days and it has caused a disturbance. DESIST!

23 May 2009 at 23:16  
Anonymous not a machine said...

i find it very strange that as an mp who did the job well , he sought to play the expense so flagrantly.

In one sense it is a shame, but it is the sort of fiddling that the people detest most.

nothing yet on the mps that have claimed allownace but have not mortgage , which is fraud !!

It is true that arrogance and infallibility does cause uncermonious endings in many walks of life.

If a rule of law does operate in these matters then the defrauding of the UK electorate on there right to vote on the lisbon treaty , is Labour arrogance en masse and hope fully will have the same consequence , I wish the archbishop would admit that reason he finds to protest is perhaps more closely rooted in his silence when a manefesto promise was fudged , when the lisbon farce occured .

I find his position late on the scene without excuse as to why .

23 May 2009 at 23:39  
Blogger McKenzie said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

24 May 2009 at 09:39  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr McKenzie,

That is the topic of His Grace's post today, and he regrets that he is deleting your contribution because of the wholly unnecessary foul language.

24 May 2009 at 10:04  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

This post has been removed by the writer....

I thought I'd save you the Trouble your Grace.

24 May 2009 at 14:40  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

This expenses thing is a smokescreen, what are we talking about in total, 1 Million, 2 Maybe.

Meanwhile Gordon Brown et al have just handed Hundreds of Billions of our Nations wealth to Offshore Banksters, and while they speed off in their Masseratis, we squabble about bathplugs and Porno videos.

24 May 2009 at 14:43  
Anonymous SJB said...

Cranmer: "... the fount of which was Andrew MacKay's own arrogance, deceit, duplicity, ..."

He used to be an estate agent.

24 May 2009 at 21:59  

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