David Cameron’s Property Scam

20 Jan

In November 2011, the Telegraph reported on the purchase of a property and land adjacent to David Cameron’s Oxfordshire home. The adjacent land was then sold to Cameron, but not declared in his public office.

The headline read that Cameron should have declared the purchase, from Lord Chadlington, a lobbyist, with links to the Conservative party, and Cameron’s constituency association. Cameron failed to do so, without explanation or questioning the propriety or integrity of not doing so. Suspect? It is, especially when you consider that Chadlington and his company, Huntsworth, also donated to Cameron’s constituency association, and the Tory party.

As is usual, the matter seems to have been brushed under the carpet. But how does this reflect on our perceptions of politicians in the current economic climate? Does it not matter that politicians, such as the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, ought to walk the talk, when they are making noises about the integrity of the banks?

It would appear not, and that is a shame. Yes, mass unemployment, failing businesses, and a stagnant economy, should all be top priority. But what does that say about Britain’s Prime Minister, and the British government, if Cameron is failing to act in the way that he is preaching to others?

The UK parliamentary standards watchdog has stated that Cameron’s land purchase should have been registered and reported. But why, if it had the powers to do more, did the Watchdog not order further investigation into matter? Yes, it does not look well to have a nation’s coalition leader under scrutiny of impropriety at a time of economic decline. But what does it say about the inclination of the Watchdog if it is unwilling to exercise its constitutional powers?

More importantly, why are the general populous not concerned with Cameron’s integrity and apparent lack of transparency in such matters? If accusations against Cameron in this matter are true, does it not suggest to society that there should be some concern and scrutiny in all dealings of this nature, especially when in public office?

If not, then why not? Surely, as a progressive and aspirational society, it is integrity at the highest level, and in all personal, economic, and political dealings, of this sort that matter most. Why? Because progressive and honest societies shape our perceptions of what is good in the hope of aspiring to, or fulfilling a greater good in working toward a fairer and more transparent society. If societies only practice that which is considered in their own interests, and therefore without integrity, then society itself has no such integrity.

In addition, why has Cameron not explained himself to the media and to the public, allaying any doubt or suspicions of impropriety? Why has he not sought to correct the picture, and establish himself as a man of integrity and of the people, who is interested in a greater good, based on the qualities of humanity that we all aspire to and are truly good?

In the view of this author, Cameron should have been properly investigated, to determine the exact nature and extent of his relationship and dealings with lobbyists and business. Until this happens, Cameron cannot claim to be an individual of substance and integrity. In the words of the brilliant and late Christopher Hitchens, Cameron is ‘content-free’. We might say the same of all British politics and future aspirations.

Author: Jason Schumann

Tags: Cultural Analysis, Debating Culture,Lord Chadlington, David Cameron, Huntsworth Group, UK Prime Minister, Witney Conservative association, UK Politics, Huntsworh Group, Lord Chadlington

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