Socialist Worker

Why we won't miss Keith Vaz

Issue No. 2520

Keith Vaz

Keith Vaz (Pic: UK Parliament/flickr)

Socialists have no interest in individuals’ private consensual sexual choices. Indeed if Labour MP Keith Vaz has a wider sexual spectrum than he previously showed in public it is the one nice thing you could say about him.

He set up a romp with three men working as prostitutes. He asked the eastern European men to bring poppers and offered to pay for cocaine.

Much of the media coverage has been based on endemic prurient homophobia. And Vaz is not especially hypocritical in his public pronouncements on prostitution and drug use.

He did once co-author a report which warned against migrants being “particularly vulnerable to violence and exploitation”.

But his has been a career of self-promotion, corruption and helping out billionaires and corrupt cops. Vaz has previously faced parliamentary inquiries, resigned as a minister, was suspended from parliament and fiddled his expenses.

He got his position on the home affairs select committee in the first place to push through New Labour’s brutal attacks on civil liberties.

A party to celebrate his 25 years as an MP was attended by Theresa May, Tony Blair and Met police chief Bernard Hogan-Howe.

The flat he used for this scandal he paid for in cash.

The motives of the tabloids are far from honest but we won’t mourn Vaz’s exit from politics when it comes.

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