BAE Scandal Forces Splits in the British Establishment
June 20, 2007 (LPAC)--Hilary Benn, Blair's international development secretary, told the Guardian that the BAE scandal is having an negative impact on Britain's role in the world, showing divisions even within the government over how to deal with the scandal that won't go away. Benn, who is running for the position of deputy leader of the Labour Party, is sponsoring an anti-corruption bill which has been delayed, and must, he said, be brought forward as quickly as possible to limit the damage the affair has caused.
"We have done a lot of good work around the world on fighting corruption," said Benn. "Yet this is currently being overshadowed by the BAE/Saudi case because of a deal made over 20 years ago. It's one reason why we should bring forward a new anti-corruption bill as soon as possible. This is the right thing to do, and it will also send a strong signal to the public, the OECD and our international partners that we are serious about dealing with the problem." Benn took a leading role in the effort to oust Wolfowitz from the World Bank over his politization of lending policies.
Lyndon LaRouche noted that there is a fight within the British establishment, in which some Brits, imperialist minded in their own right, are nonetheless furious at Blair, who is not acting "in the best interests of the Empah." They particularly despise the gross corruption of Blair, Baroness Symons, and all those involved in the operations against LaRouche, whose corruption can no longer be covered up in light of the BAE scandal.