Gordon Brown's crime shame

One of the main thrusts of my attack on the Government in my keynote speech at Brighton Conference was on corruption and how it provides support for extremists, comfort for terrorists and sucks away the money from the most needy in development terms.

Needless to say, I raised the spectre of BAE and the dropping of the investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. The whole business stinks – and I am proud that the Lib Dems have led on exposing Labour and Tory hypocrisy on this.

But today in the papers I see that the Labour government are now moving to block cooperation with the US enquiry into BAE. It’s come to a pretty poor pass when the US is prepared to investigate and prosecute on bribery and corruption – and our Labour government is ducking and diving. Shame on Gordon Brown.