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UK voters' panel: Georgina Grant

MEET THE PANEL
Georgina Grant
Name: Georgina Grant
Age: 62
Lives: Guildford
Works: Communications officer
Last general election voted: Conservatives
In 10 words or less:
"A grandmother who values family life, employed, but approaching retirement"

David Blunkett really should have known better.

After his last debacle he must have realised he would be under more scrutiny than ever.

I believe entering public life means acknowledging that a normal personal life is impossible.

At every turn, once in Parliament, politicians must demonstrate they understand and obey the rules incurred by their position.

Resigning was the only option open to Mr Blunkett.

Standing by his friends leaves Tony Blair in a weakened position.

Cabinet ministers should understand that indiscretions are a "sackable offence" outside the bounds of friendship.

VOTERS' PANEL: BLUNKETT QUITS
Ministers are surrounded by advisers and administrative staff.

Blunkett has no excuse for the mess in which he found himself.

Doubtless, if he wants to, Blunkett will find ways to prosper and gain power again.

Just look at how Peter Mandelson landed on his feet.

The more incidents there are of this kind the more the public are left with a distaste for politics, which I think is to the detriment of our country.

After all, we consider ourselves to be civilised and look in horror at the corruption rife in so many other countries around the world.


Your comments:

As a Labour supporter, I agree with you that David Blunkett really should have known better and it was a mistake putting him back in the cabinet.
Samir, London

This whole affair leaves a bad taste in my mouth as many politicians have very lucrative jobs after they resign from cabinet or leave politics. So this whole notion that Blunkett knew that he would be in the next cabinet is a crazy assumption as Labour could have easily lost the election. So he did what Michael Howard will probably do and Ken Clarke already has done - become the face for a company, which is very lucrative and helps the company's PR. So he did not stick to the voluntary rules, being outside the cabinet. Not a big deal in my opinion. I like to see a politician sacked on their bad politics when in power not on some minor offence in breaking a rule whilst not in power.
Theo Berkhout, Hertford, UK

Quite right, Blunkett was right to go. Can we now be assured that he will not be in the cabinet again, so this situation will not reoccur?
L Thompson, Belfast, NI

I agree entirely with the comments made by Georgina Grant. David Blunkett knew the outcome of his actions before he entered into them. What I can't understand is why such an intelligent person would do such a thing, knowing the media spotlight was still shining on him since his last misdemeanour. A person elected to serve the public has to be seen to be above board in both their public and private lives, which sets the examples and foundations for the rest to follow. They must be seen to abide by the rules and laws of the country they serve, just as the rest of us do, otherwise they have to suffer the consequences.
Brian Clark, Beverley, England

I think Georgina is on the button. MPs must realise that the riches and power they amass during office cannot be augmented by abuse of their position. When will they learn? Oh I wish for the day of an honest, for-the-people politician.
Mark Venning, Bracknell, UK

The question is not whether MPs are being held to a higher standard, but a lower one. If Georgina wants perfect people, with perfect lives, who never make a mistake - ever - then perhaps she could let me know where they can be found. We'd certainly never have a Conservative Government ever again!
Adam Gray, UK

In 1997 this New Labour Government came to power stating that they were squeaky clean and above all levels of corruption. Not only does recent history show otherwise, but also disgraced ministers that are forced to resign once over their "error of judgement" but are allowed a second chance only to be forced to resign again. This never happened when the Conservatives were in power, one strike and you were out! This government is sick and needs to be put out of its misery.
John McGowan, Lynton, Devon, UK

Interesting comments with which I broadly agree. But after the appalling sleaze record of the last Tory Government, should any Conservative voter really point fingers at anyone else? Let those whose hands are without sin etc.
Tony Fisher, York, UK

Georgina, you are absolutely right. Can anyone name one thing Mr Blunkett has done to improve public life?
Barry Lester, London






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