The #PigGate Scandal: A threat to British Security; by Ann Wilson

The morning of the 21st was like most Mondays. Everything gathered to prepare the week. The twitter feed was opened to an influx of the ‘hashtag’ PigGate. Looking further into this it was revealed that an unofficial book titled ‘Call me Dave’ co written by peer, Michael Ashcroft, made some rather startling allegations against the Prime Minister.

Politicians are no strangers to scandal and gossip but what the public don’t seem to realise is the inherent danger that they seem to be putting themselves into. This goes beyond political party beliefs. (I live in Scotland where the last election prove the Conservatives were no longer relevant). Not only does it undermine the authority of the Prime Minister (regardless of who he or she may be) in the eyes of our own public but in a global climate which we are living in can we really afford chuckles from other countries at the head of our nations expense?

Forgetting the fact that we would all be put on a social cinder block if certain things in our student days were made public, wouldn’t belittling our own Prime Minister damage our position in the global community? And where did this scandal arise from? Lord Michael Ashcroft received his knighthood in 2000. Sources at Downing Street stated that the position that Ashcroft was given within the Conservative Party didn’t quite give him with the authority that he expected. Does he really believe that publishing an unofficial biography of the head of his party is a testament to his ability to handle more responsibility?

This petty squabble has now led to a scandal which doesn’t show any signs of fizzing away quite yet, not with the host of loveable characters at the disposal of the public to continue the mockery, from Missy Piggy to Peppa Pig.

In France earlier this year the offices of Charlie Hebdo Magazine were subject to attack from gunmen. The response to this was for the magazine to maintain its right to write freely. Free speech is a fundamental principal which should be cherished. However, the same magazine went on to publish a cartoon of the toddler, Aylan Kurdi, who met tragedy in a crossing from Turkey. The image of this toddler sparked a response from Europe to the refugee crisis. The cartoon was in bad taste, even for a satirical magazine and shows that the right to speak freely comes with responsibility.

Much like the position of Charlie Hebdo in France we are exercising our right to say whatever we like about the allegations towards David Cameron, despite the fact they still remain to be proven. Some ridiculous initiation ceremony amongst students could potentially leave the UK vulnerable. Of course I may sound a little dramatic with this view and it will pass like every other scandal but unlike affairs, drug use and most of the other things that we have heard of politicians over the years this one takes the bacon.


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