Thursday 19 July 2012
Casual lies of Chuka Umunna
Let's take a small example in last night's Evening Standard. Left-wing Chuka Umunna has some dark things to say about the Banks and the current crisis.
"Barclays is the tip of the icebarg"
"absurd to pretend Gordon Brown was regulator in chief",
"the Amercians are saying there is a London Problem."
Strong stuff, controversial (at least the bit about Brown) and nicely populist. Only then he casually says that in his life as a corporate lawyer he found it weird to be involved in telephone number deals in the 1990's and worried about the leverage.
Now this bit is total lies from start to finish. Firstly, he did no even leave law school until 2001. So working in the 1990's? Really?
Then, he was not a corporate lawyer, as soon as he qualified at Herbet Smith he became an employment lawyer. These are not lawyers dealing with telephone number mega-deals. Possibly multi-million claims if for City Bankers, but generally nothing like that. Just compromise agreements and avoiding tribunals. Plus he left high flying Herbet Smith for a smaller firm pretty soon after qualifying in any event, who would not even have been dealing with such high profile cases.
Finally, he was worried about the 'leverage' - well in the 1990's this was not an issue and neither to my knowledge is it a big factor in employment law. So if he was worried it was in a personal capacity, but that is not what he was implying to the journalist.
So as per usual, a politician is spouting iff, accusing others of wrong-doing and worse, whilst at the same time casually mis-remembering their own career to suit their current viewpoint. Something that a shufty at his own faccebook page can confirm.
Really this guy is supposed to be a rising star? He is a third rate demagogue at best.