Initially the issue was about the appalling treatment residents suffered as shown on the recent Panorama programme. However, as more information comes to light, more questions arise about the 'care industry'!
Today's Daily Mail Headline : No 10 Man at heart of care homes scandal : Blair aide's key role at bank that oversaw sale of troubled Southern Cross empire
Jeremy Heywood is now David Cameron's Permanent Secretary at Downing Street - he is tipped to be the next Cabinet Secetary. No mention of that in the headlines - the headlines concentrate on Heywood being close to Tony Blair ! Also he spent some time in Gordon Brown's government too. Hmm... a case of the right wing press looking after the right wing government... A rather biased edge in reporting here which of course is why #pressreform was established - to expose/debate about the media especially unfair reporting, but rarely has it been so blatant ! But that point isn't the main crux of this blog... It merely opened up what appears to be a rather large can of worms... read on..
Within the Daily Mail article the name of Baroness Sally Morgan of Huyton appears.. She is a Non-Executive Director of Southern Cross, having taken up her post in 2006. She is a Labour peer and was filmed along with Stephen Byers, Geoff Hoon and Margaret Hewitt in a Dispatches programme entitled 'Politicians for Hire' where it was suggested they could provide access to government for the business and corporate world - for cash ! Remember it ? http://is.gd/THaxBo I understand that The Baroness was cleared http://is.gd/03dVmc by a sub-committee of the House of Lords. Then there was the expenses issue http://is.gd/5t5SPE