Member of Parliament Richard Maurice ‘dash for cash’ Darling was being questions on live TV about allegations that he took CASH for QUESTIONS on SEVEN separate occasions, acting in effect for a lobbyist for private companies.
Rounding on the interviewer, he said, “Why don’t you get your bloody facts straight! I only took cash for questions four times. On the other three occasions I accepted a Harrods food hamper containing Champagne and truffles, a Mediterranean cruise and a shiny new motor car.”
The interviewer continued. “Apart from the fact what you did was illegal, what kind of message do you think your actions send out to your constituents?”
“F**k ’em!” Darling replied.
“I see. And now that you are no longer the DARLING of the Left, what is it that you intend doing for a living?”
Darling replied, “Why concentrate on my non-executive directorships of course.”
“And who might they be with?”
Darling replied. “The Qatar Investment Authority, Carnival Cruise Corporation and General Motors.”
“And finally,” the interviewer said, “Do you have any regrets, now that your political career is in ruins?”
“Oh yes…I should have asked more questions in the House!”