Public service demands
Sunday 10 January 1999
If that is not enough for Mr Watkins, perhaps he will recall that Mr Parkinson was alleged at the time o have left classified documents in his car outside his mistress's home, that Mr Mellor could arguably have laid himself open to blackmail (let alone ridicule), while Mr Mandelson was suspected of having broken the rules of the Britannia Building Society.
As for Mr Watkins's house in Islington, I doubt whether anyone who reads the Independent on Sunday cares whether it was left to him by his aunt or whether he bought it with the proceeds of an armed robbery.
The point is that he is not a public servant and is not accountable to the voters. Messrs Parkinson, Mellor and Mandelson, however, were and therefore they had to go.
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