The john recuses himself

Keith Vaz has quit the job as Home Affairs Committee chairman.

The Sunday Mirror sought to justify its report by pointing to the political responsibilities of Mr. Vaz, suggesting that his conduct had compromised his ability to fulfill his duties.

As chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee in the House of Commons, he enjoyed a prominent role in oversight of the Home Office, the department that controls Britain’s policy on, among other things, drugs and prostitution.

A john shouldn’t be overseeing policy on prostitution. Conflict of interest.

My dislike of him dates from his joining the theocratic outrage against Salman Rushdie.

In 1989, two years after becoming the first Asian MP since 1929, he led a march of several thousand Muslims in Leicester calling for Salman Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses to be banned. Rushdie subsequently claimed that Vaz, a Catholic of Goan origin, had previously assured him of his support…

I consider that despicable.

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