By Jennie Formby, Unite Political Director
Saying sorry seems to be the hardest thing in the world to do. Well it is for some, but when Tory MP Aidan Burley was exposed for hiring a Nazi uniform at a stag do he was quick off the mark.
He was sorry he said that he hadn’t left the Nazi themed party as soon as he realised what was happening.
Here are his weasel words:
“I wish I had left as soon as I had realised what was happening. What was happening was wrong and I should have completely dissociated myself from it. I had a choice and I made the wrong NOT to leave. I apologise for this error of judgment”.
An internal Tory inquiry conducted by Tory peer Lord Gold took place. Burley was sacked as a PPS but he still kept the Tory whip. And he still sat in judgment on trade unions as chair of the Tory Trade Union Reform Campaign.
Well now the truth is out. Two years after this ‘error of judgement’ Gold’s report is now published for all to see. And it shows not only an error of judgement it shows a wilful disregard for French law and his unsuitability to represent Cannock Chase.
This wasn’t a case of poor Aidan Burley finding himself among party goers wearing Nazi uniforms, giving Nazi salutes and, all in all whooping it up on a four day ski trip to Val Thoren in France – we now know that he organized the Nazi themed party.
As best man for his friend the groom, Mark Fournier, he organised and paid for the whole shebang. Lord Gold decided that Burley didn’t have a political motive but:
“The attendees decided collectively that Mr Fournier should wear a costume on the final night and that it should be an SS costume. As best man, Mr Burley purchased the costume alongside the flights and other costs associated with the trip on behalf of the other attendees”.
This was on French soil. It was against French law and it showed not just an error of judgement it showed a monumental absence of sensitivity.
Let’s not forget Burley was the one that called the fantastic opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, “multi-cultural leftie crap”. His organisation of the stag do and his lack of any understanding of modern Britain shows a pattern of behaviour that makes him unfit to be an MP.
As chair of the Trade Union Reform Campaign, he has the audacity to sit in judgement on trade unions and trade unionists who seek to improve wages and working conditions for working people.
Burley paid for everything to do with this stag do in the French Alps. He is out of touch with the people of Cannock Chase. As soon as he is kicked out of the constituency the better it will be.