The Paymaster: Geoffrey Robinson, Maxwell and New Labour
During the months before the May 1997 general election, Tony Blair, pledged that his new government would exterminate sleaze and introduce a government of utmost purity. After just one term in office, Blair's government faced its ultimate test as sleaze became the agenda for the 2001 general election.
In both his personal and business life, Geoffrey Robinson has shown a lack of integrity and honesty, which calls into question the judgement of Britain's political leaders. His support for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in the run-up to the 1997 election resulted with him being rewarded for his many years on the back-benches with the position of Paymaster General, but a mere seven months after the election, Geoffrey Robinson was hounded by accusations of deception till his resignation twelve months later. Tom Bower's detailed research exposing Robinson's deceit provoked the re-investigation of the Labour MP by a parliamentary committee. Their report confirmed Bower's allegations and, to Tony Blair's embarrassment, Robinson was officially censured.
THE PAYMASTER makes uneasy reading for its subject and has the relentless pace of an exciting thriller. Through Geoffrey Robinson, Tom Bower makes a striking indictment on how New Labour is run and in turn, runs the country.
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