Friday, February 13, 2009
Kirsty Wark (& Boris) Exposes Keith Vaz's Vacuous Ignorance
I've always found Keith Vaz to be one of the most odious members of the House of Commons. Time and gain he has deserved to get his comeuppance. Yesterday, he did. Twice. First of all Boris Johnson exposed him for abusing his position as Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee by giving details of a private conversation to the press. Vaz spluttered about the fact that he had been insulted by Boris's language. Good. Boris gave Vaz both barrels and he deserved them.
Then on Newsnight, Vaz was exposed for his ignorance of the Fitna film. He was involved in a 15 minute discussion without actually have watched it. Enjoy the look on Kirsty Wark's face when he admits he hasn't seen it.
Everyone in politics knows about Vaz. He's got one of the most affected voices in politics - the political equivalent of Brian Sewell. He's been caught out so many times it makes you wonder how he has survived all these years. And yet Labour appointed him to chair one of the most powerful select committees in parliament. Says it all, really.
Watch the Newsnight debate HERE. Scroll in 7 minutes.
UPDATE: Alastair Campbell has written a blogpost about Boris's outburst. Needless to say, he has some sympathy.