Letter to David Cameron
The Right Honourable David Cameron, MP
House of Commons
October 1st, 2006
I write as an expatriate, but as one who spent some ten years working with the Conservative Party, at the highest level, and as one who still regards himself as a Tory loyalist.
I believe you when you say you wish truly to modernize the Party; but I also believe that you can only offer the Party as the future when you have first taken care of the past.
I attach a copy of my book, Dead Men Don’t Eat Lunch. I invite you take up the following three challenges, either at the upcoming Party Conference, or before it:
1) Come clean about the allegations in the book. Namely that the Conservative Governments of 1979-1997 instituted a systemic regime of arms corruption in Whitehall and Westminster, that has had an ongoing and distorting influence upon its successor New Labour administration, and upon the internal workings of the Conservative Party itself.
2) Agree to do the right thing by the families of Hugh John Simmonds, CBE and Dr. David Kelly, CMG. In their different ways, they were both servants of their respective Governments, who died as a consequence of knowing too much about arms corruption. Their families deserve better. At the very least, they deserve to know the truth.
3) Dismantle the apparatus that you have already put in place, which, whether you know it or not, has the fullest intention of reviving Tory arms corruption when the Conservatives return to power. As a first step, immediately annul the appointments of Michael Ashcroft, Alan Duncan, Julian Lewis and Gerald Howarth to their respective Party and Front Bench positions.
David, you have a wonderful opportunity to show that you are, indeed, a different sort of politician. One who truly stands shoulder to shoulder with ordinary people, against forces that would wantonly distort their everyday lives. Break the mould, David.
You are the same age now that Hugh Simmonds was when he died so unnecessarily in 1988. Show the world that you have the mettle to stand up to the corrupting influences in the British body politic.
Help those families who have no reason to hurt, but who hurt nonetheless, because of the callous actions of those corrupting influences. Show your country that you stand at the head of a Party which not only talks the talk, but walks the walk, when it comes to conservative compassion.
Take a stand, David. Modernize all of the Conservative Party. Take it away from its dishonourable past, and into a future of genuine honesty and compassion.
P. Geoffrey Gilson