Rifkind resigns, says being in pay of Chinese not relevant to being chair of intelligence committee

The government seems to have a remarkably lax view of the security threat posed by Chinese investment, and Rifkind is certainly not alone in this. It seems to be official Tory policy. A little while ago Private Eye mentioned the security implications of Huawei gaining an important government telecoms contract. Huawei is a Chinese company, which also does work for the Chinese military. Despite this obvious security risk, the government felt that it was perfectly acceptable to be given the contract for government work in this country.
It makes you wonder precisely who the government are working for. Once upon a time, when entrepreneurs of foreign extraction were particularly successful, the Tory Right immediately screamed that they were a threat to security. Like the German Jewish industrialist Mond during the First World War. But as all this is being done by pukka old Etonian aristos, it’s all perfectly acceptable and in Britain’s interest.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

Rifkind has resigned as Chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee.

In his resignation statement, Rifkind reckons that the fact he was prepared to be in the pay of the Chinese is not “relevant to my work as chairman of the intelligence and security committee”.

Really?

Anyway, here’s Rifkind’s bizarre resignation statement:

“None one of the current controversy with which I am associated is relevant to my work as chairman of the intelligence and security committee of parliament.

However, I have today informed my colleagues that while I will remain a member of the committee, I will step down from the chairmanship.

The committee is due to be dissolved in little over a month with the prorogation of parliament for the forthcoming general election. The main substantive work which needs to be completed will be the publication of our privacy and security report during March.

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