David Cameron has said that Labour “knew” about the past of Paul Flowers, the disgraced Co-op bank chief, as he raised the possibility of an official inquiry into how the drug abuser came to run a major financial organisation.
The Prime Minister suggested that Ed Miliband’s party was aware of concerns about Mr Flowers, a Methodist minister, but did “nothing” and did not raise any concerns about his conduct with the authorities.
Mr Cameron criticised Labour’s decision to continue to accept donations from the Co-op and invite Mr Flowers’ to Downing Street.
I find this extraordinary. I mean, it’s not like we’re bothered about whether members of the last Government turned a blind eye for political reasons. We’re even less interested if it happens to be the Leader of the Opposition or maybe the Shadow Chancellor.
Yes, Paul Flowers has clearly failed in almost every respect. But he’s clearly a bit upset about it so we probably ought not dwell on it.
And it’s all in the past now anyway so let’s draw a line under it shall we?
So, Barclays, eh? They used to support apartheid. Let’s discuss that.