The unscrupulous Royal Dutch Shell fat cat, Malcolm Brinded, with the aid of the sleazy duo Blair and Prince Andrew (aka “Air Miles Andy”), sold out the relatives and victims of Pan Am 103 by getting Shell into bed with the mass murderer, Gaddafi.
Regular readers of this blog will know that we have consistently made forthright comments about the dubious circumstances of Shell’s return to Libya and the deranged despot, Gaddafi.
We were never fooled by the claims that he was a reformed sponsor of international terrorism.
(ABOVE HEADLINE AND COMMENT BY JOHN DONOVAN)
Downing Street puts arm around Duke of York following anonymous briefings
Downing Street yesterday moved to defend the Duke of Yorks position as United Kingdom trade envoy amid concerns about anonymous briefings against him from within No 10.
Among the endorsements were messages of support from Malcolm Brinded, the Managing Director of Shell…
By Rosa Prince, Political Correspondent 6:05PM GMT 07 Mar 2011
A day after a source said that there would be no tears shed if the Duke stood aside from the role, the Prime Ministers official spokesman insisted that the Government was fully supportive of his decision to stay on.
The spokesman added that ministers were not reviewing the Dukes position in contrast to suggestions from within No 10 hours earlier that he would have to stand down if any more allegations emerged.
The assurances also appeared to contradict remarks by Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, whose department oversees the work of the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). He said that conversations would take place with Buckingham Palace, and that it would be for the prince to judge whether he should resign.
On Sunday, as increasingly lurid reports emerged about the Dukes connections with Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire convicted paedophile, ministers appeared reluctant to defend the Duke.
In a series of anonymous briefings, No 10 was keen to distance the Government from the prince, suggesting that he had effectively been given a yellow card.
By yesterday morning however, amid concerns that the Palace would be offended by the briefing operation, Mr Camerons spokesman repeatedly insisted that the Prime Minister had full confidence in the Duke.
He even flagged up a list of endorsements given by a number of leading British companies praising his work.
UKTI later confirmed that the statements had been given some months ago, in response to a request from the Duke for corporate feedback, and had not been provided in the context of the fresh allegations about the prince and questions over his judgement.
Mr Camerons spokesman arranged for the endorsements to be sent to reporters two days after the Palace inadvertently emailed The Daily Telegraph with a message intended for the Cabinet Office in which officials asked for the Governments help to defend the Duke.
The spokesman said: “The Prime Minister thinks he is doing an important job and is making a major contribution and he is supportive of him in that role. We are not reviewing that role in any way.
His words struck a different tone from those of Mr Cable, who as President of the Board of Trade is responsible for trade promotion.
He told Radio 4s Today programme: “I think we need to remember he is doing this as a volunteer, he is not a government appointee, he is not somebody who is appointed and sacked.”
Ben Bradshaw, a former Labour minister, criticised the anonymous briefings against the prince.
He said: “The Prime Minister should get a grip. It’s simply unacceptable … for this drip-feed to be encouraged by No 10 in these anonymous briefings while at the same time saying officially ‘Oh, he’s secure in his position, there’s nothing we can do’.”
However, a number of other Labour MPs called openly for the Duke to stand aside.
Chris Bryant, a former Foreign Office minister, said: “I think we should be dispensing with his services. I think the charge list now against him is so long that he is a bit of an embarrassment.”
Mike Gapes, a former chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, described the Dukes position as “untenable”.
He said: “We need to be able to question our trade envoys about who they meet, what they do, what they do on behalf of our country.
“If he was a volunteer receiving an office with financial support, we could question ministers about his role and he himself could be called before select committees of the House.
“Because of his royal position, we can’t do that. We can’t ask questions about the truth of the allegations that were in the newspapers and elsewhere. I think his position is untenable.”
No 10s backing for the Duke was welcomed by the Palace. A spokesman said: “The Duke of York remains committed to the role of special representative and we are pleased that the Government recognises this.”
Among the endorsements were messages of support from Malcolm Brinded, the Managing Director of Shell, Lord Levene, Chairman, Lloyds of London, and Sir David Wright, Vice Chairman of Barclays Capital.
George Osborne, the Chancellor, also spoke out in defence of the Duke. He said: “We have confidence in him doing the job and we think he’s done a good job in recent years.
“He’s promoted British exports. What we want is everyone promoting British exports at the minute and Prince Andrew has done that.”
- Duchess admits Duke arranged for convicted paedophile to pay debts07 Mar 2011
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- Duke of York costs taxpayers £15m07 Mar 2011
- Pressure grows on Duke of York over links to child sex offender07 Mar 2011
- Duchess negotiated debt pay-off with paedophile for several months07 Mar 2011
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