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Greensill scandal: From entitlement to outrage

Sleaze has reared its head in different eras, and dogged governments of different stripes. But in some respects what’s currently unfolding is worse

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo

“We’re going to make absolutely sure that ex-ministers are not allowed to use the contacts and knowledge gained in government for their own private gain,” declared David Cameron in a campaign speech just before becoming prime minister a decade ago.

So “absolutely sure” that he is now in the dock of public opinion for… using the contacts and knowledge gained at the very top of the government for, amongst any other objects, his own private gain. And not small gain, but reportedly for potential riches worth many millions, which he hoped to make from promoting a company set up…

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