Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Hemmingwatch Pt II

Amongst the justified criticism of the Labour councillors, Richard Mawrey QC also found time to say a few words about the sainted John Hemming.
'He was a dreadful witness. His evidence was largely inadmissable hearsay'
'He possesses an inability to give a straight answer to a straight question'


BB said...


john said...

Of course you missed the rest of the quotation (hence no ".")

john said...

Quoting from the Evening Mail gives a truer representation:

The deputy leader of Birmingham City Council and leader of the Liberal Democrat group, who wrote the Aston petition, was a "dreadful witness", Mr Mawrey said.

The commissioner added: "His evidence was largely inadmissible hearsay. He possesses an inability to give a straight answer to a straight question which would be the envy of a national politician appearing on the Today programme.

"But when all that is said and done, Mr Hemming was right and his critics were wrong.

"He said that there was massive, Birmingham-wide electoral fraud by the Labour Party and there was, in fact, massive Birmingham-wide fraud by the Labour Party.

"He may have played the part of Cassandra but, like Cassandra, his prophesies were true. He emerges from the case with credit, which is more than can be said for those police officers who treated his complaints as no more than Operation Gripe."

PoliticalHack said...

I did link to it, though.

I don't think that the extended quote changes the commissioner's view of your evidence, although you were right about Aston and Bordesley Green.

Anonymous said...

I notice John also failed to give a straight answer when asked by Newsnight "well,what would the Lib Dems do about GM/Rover?" .

A truly shambolic performance,John.