Jack Straw and ‘Sir’ Malcolm Rifkind, both of the stale cronies’ brigade, are named and shamed as self-inflated egos who had the hubris to get excited by seeming flattery and the enticement of easy money. Others are yet to be identified. They are now desperately and indignantly trying to defend their actions and reputations and limit the effect of the repercussions so far and any, yet to come. It’s way past time we just got rid of these dinosaur politicians who put their sense of entitlement and mistakenly afforded gravitas above service to the public.
The fable of ‘The Fox and The Crow’ seems appropriate. This version is Jean de la Fontaine‘s:
Master Crow sat on a tree,
Holding a cheese in his beak.
Master Fox was attracted by the odour,
And tried to attract him thus.
“Mister Crow, good day to you.
You are a handsome and good looking bird!
In truth, if your song is as beautiful as your plumage,
You are the Phoenix of this forest.”
Hearing these words the Crow felt great joy,
And to demonstrate his beautiful voice,
He opened his mouth wide and let drop his prey.
The Fox seized it and said: “My good Sir,
Know that every flatterer,
Lives at the expense of those who take him seriously:
This is a lesson that is worth a cheese no doubt.”
The Crow, embarrassed and confused,
Swore, though somewhat later, that he would never be
tricked thus again.