Saturday, June 21, 2008

Half an Apology

So Andy Burnham has finally apologised to Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty, for his disgraceful attempt to smear by innuendo. He had referred to "late night, hand wringing, heart melting phone calls" between her and David Davis, former Shadow Home Secretary. The Telegraph is reporting that a fulsome written apology has been sent to Ms Chakrabarti - and quite right to. But what about Mr and Mrs Davis. Shouldn't Mr Burnham write a letter of apology to them as well. Or have we reached the stage when politicians can be treated without the respect that is expected to be shown towards everyone else. Mr Burnham should remember that politicians who scrabble around in the gutter find that there are lots of other slimy creatures down there who behave in the same disreputable way.


Frank H Little said...

The more wounding implication of Burnham's piece was that an explicitly non-party-political organisation was secretly colluding with a Conservative politician.

Glyn Davies said...

Frank - where did this notion of 'secretly colluding' come from. I would expect the Director of Liberty to be in discussion with leading political figures in all parties, particularly with one that shares opinions.