Walking around in a Nazi uniform is a fairly serious thing in Europe, and rightly so, it is symbolic of ideas that are abhorrent to civilised people – in France and Germany it is a crime, and rightly so; in the UK it is not, it is just frowned upon and seen as a bit of a naughty giggle – a bit like trashing a restaurant for the fun it as the Bullingdon Club, that Cameron and Johnson belonged to, did for a larff – something the idle rich can do and get away with. The symbology of the SS Waffen uniform and the associated symbology is approaching something a ‘race memory’ and needs little explanation, in fact the swastika – an ancient Christian symbol – is banned in Germany, it is totally reprehensible in a civilsed society.
For legal reasons, the fact I do not want to spend time ‘at Her Majesty’s Pleasure’, and for fairness Cameron did not trash a restaurant, he left before his ‘mates’ entered into the frivolity, and Aidan Burley did not dress up as a SS Waffen Officer.
What is puzzling is that Aidan Burley has friends who hold these views, I certainly would not associate with people who hold those types of views, and why on earth when he saw what was unfolding he did not ‘excuse himself’ – again if I was at such a gathering I would be making a polite exit. I just wonder if at any point he thought ‘shit, this is going to get into the papers?’ If he did think it might be making it into the Sunday tabloids then he is a dimmer than then he appears already.
It is this blaise regard for ‘family values’ that let Jeremy Clarkson ‘off the hook’ with a mealy mouthed sort of an apology from him and his ‘mate’ David Cameron unable to bring himself to say ‘shooting Strikers in front of their families’ was both nasty and offensive.
Cameron blasted the Archbishop of Canterbury for lack of moral leadership, to be honest I do not see the Prime Minister showing moral leadership either, kettles calling pans black I think. If any MP was at a gathering, even if by accident, then he should leave and exercise discretion and remember they are representing the UK on and off duty, but they should not know these people.
I have to be honest and say that I still cannot over a MP being at such a function, or having such friends – our friends reflect who we are.
The reaction of Cameron, he of the Bullingdon Club, seems very slow; only after he made his Cameron’s Christian Values speech did he actually do anything , an entire week of glorious inaction from our Action Man of Europe who vetoed the amendments of Lisbon Treaty – not very decisive David.
The BBC is headlining that the Member for Cannock Chase has been sacked, well technically that is true – he has been sacked Parliamentary Private Secretary to Justine Greening who is Minister for Transport, the PPS role is unpaid so basically Burley will be, presumably, spending more time with hs ‘historical reenactment friends’ and hasn’t lost anything, apart from credibility which was lost the moment the story hit the news stand.
Cameron’s call for Christian morality should be extended first to his MP’s, well the whole of Parliament, and I would have hoped that Aidan Burley would have done the ‘proper’ thing and applied for the post of the ‘Steward of the Chiltern Hundred‘ or ‘Steward of the Manor of Northstead’ – in other words resigned as an MP, it would have been the honourable thing to do, though honour and the Conservative Party (when in power) are rarely words that go together. Personal responsibility is a major theme of the Tories, unless it affects them.
Surely when a Member of House of Commons has publicly brought the Parliament into disrepute they should be an immediate enquiry and automatic suspension, I know if I had done at work I would not be sitting at my desk the next day – why does Parliament have such lax morals, and why should we take moral leadership from these people who cling onto power and privilege so embarrassingly?
During World War Two after a string of disasters and long debate ensued and Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain debated long and hard to justify his position, in the end Winston Churchill rose to his feet and gave voice the feeling of the House and uttered the famous phrase:
“In the name of God go”
Aidan, do the right thing and resign, you bring shame on the Country and Pariament, you made a gross error of judgement and just saying sorry really isn’t good enough!