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    Default Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw -former Foreign Secretaries both - caught street-walking

    The following is from The Needle and raises the point that neither of these two former Foreign Secretaries consider the not inconsiderable salary they receive from the taxpayer as Parliamentarians to be of any meaningful consideration - but instead ply their insider trade like a Hansom Cab for £5-8k a day for a "salary" from the highest bidder.

    Taxi!

    Malcolm Rifkind – “Nobody Pays Me A Salary”


    Two former foreign secretaries have been secretly filmed apparently offering their services to a private company for thousands of pounds.
    Jack Straw and Sir Malcolm Rifkind are the subject of the allegations, arising from a joint investigation by the Daily Telegraph and Channel 4’s Dispatches…
    …Sir Malcolm is reported to have claimed he could arrange “useful access” to every British ambassador in the world.
    The Conservative MP for Kensington and chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee was recorded saying: “I am self-employed – so nobody pays me a salary. I have to earn my income.”
    He said his usual fee for half a day’s work was “somewhere in the region of £5,000 to £8,000″.
    Self-employed ? No salary?
    Rifkind must have temporarily forgotten about the salary that the British taxpayer foot the bill for…
    How much do Select Committee Chair get paid?
    The salary entitlement of a Select Committee Chair is £81,936 (this figure comprises of MP’s salary of £67,060 and additional salary for Select Committee Chairs of £14,876) from 1 April 2014.
    My guess is that both Jact Straw and Malcolm Rifkind will be shuffled off to the House of Lords where this kind of fiddling is par for the course and where they will both fit right in.
    The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
    Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14

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    I wonder what Craig Murray think about this? I seem to recall Straw as being some thing of a thorn in his side.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Guyatt View Post
    Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw -former Foreign Secretaries both - caught street-walking
    Not classy enough to be street walkers.

    Just low life kerb crawlers jacking off on the power. I hope their market value has plummeted to minus zero.
    "I think it would be a good idea." Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization.

    The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it.
    Karl Marx.

    "Well, he would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies, 1963, replied Ms Rice Davies when the prosecuting counsel pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her.

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    I wonder who has the power to take Rifkind down?

    Also, is Jack Straw Jewish? I'm just trying to make some sense of what this is about.
    “The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.”
    ― Leo Tolstoy,

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    Rifkind has now resigned as the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee.

    "I'm self employed. Nobody pays me a salary".

    As a Conservative member of Parliament and (former) Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Rifkind was fully employed by the British people who paid him via their tax payments the not paltry sum of approx £80k per year.

    But he saw that as nothing with no binding commitment (I'm self employed - nobody pays me a salary).

    Jack Straw has voluntarily withdrawn from the Labour Party and, I believe, has previously announced that he intends not to stand for re-election in May 2015.
    The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
    Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14

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    Rifkind has now resigned as the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee.



    "I'm self employed. Nobody pays me a salary".

    As a Conservative member of Parliament and (former) Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Rifkind was fully employed by the British people who paid him via their tax payments the not paltry sum of approx £80k per year.

    But he saw that as nothing with no binding commitment (I'm self employed - nobody pays me a salary).

    Jack Straw has voluntarily withdrawn from the Labour Party and, I believe, has previously announced that he intends not to stand for re-election in May 2015.
    The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
    Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14

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