Alan Duncan

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Alan Duncan (born March 31, 1957) is a Conservative Party MP in the UK parliament who holds a ministerial office.[1] A homosexual, Duncan was given a knighthood by the Cameron government, which had expressed eagerness to demonstrate its support for the LGBT movement's social and political agenda.

Career

Duncan's career started with a stint working for Marc Rich, the oil mogul who was indited on criminal charges by the US federal government for tax evasion and illegally making oil deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis. He allegedly only escaped prison by going into exile from America. Mr Rich was described in an obituary as an "infamous white-collar criminal". [2]

When he became an MP, on the second try, in 1992, by standing in a safe Tory seat, Duncan was quickly promoted to government office and soon thereafter demoted when it was revealed that he had used irregular means to obtain a discounted purchase price of a council house. He didn't live in one himself, allegedly due to the relatively low standard of living to be enjoyed in such properties, but had found an elderly neighbor who did and persuaded him to buy it, so that Duncan could re-purchase it soon afterwards, far below the market price. Duncan was made to resign as a minister, but not as an MP, and in the last two years of the John Major government, Duncan was again promoted to ministerial status.[3]

During the Blair years, he was a Shadow minister on the opposition benches.

In 2005 he made a bid for leadership of the Conservative party, and blamed his failure on the "Tory Taliban", implying that it was his homosexuality that was the problem. By comparing the entirely peaceful, non-violent and socially responsible pro-family lobby in the Conservative Party to the violent and murderous Taliban, he was accused of publicly insulting his own party. He showed no reasoning to justify applying the name "Tombstone" to the Conservative pro-family group "Cornerstone". He alluded to homosexuality as a private behavior that somehow had no impact on other people or society (sic) which critics claimed gave a true measure of his level of intelligence.[4]

In 2009, when the Daily Telegraph started to expose MPs' expenses claims, Duncan was revealed as having claimed more than £5,000 to spend on gardening at his second home. He insisted he had done nothing wrong, and went on to boast energetically on TV about how he had personally profited from the system of free mortgage payments for a second home. He called it a "great system" and at first refused to pay any of the money back. David Cameron, embarrassed, ordered him to repay it, and to apologise for his effusions. The system itself has now been abolished. [5] [6]

This happened at the height of the banking crisis, which caused great financial insecurity and hardship for the public, or "low-achievers" as Duncan was reported to call them. That did not prevent Duncan from what was described as prolonged and public whinging. He complained that MPs with their £64,000 salary, subsidized restaurants and champagne bars, paid secretarial staff and generous expense allowances, were expected "to live on rations and are treated like sh-t," a term he used publicly.[7]

Somewhat belatedly, Cameron demoted Duncan from the Shadow Cabinet. Yet, when the Coalition got into power in 2010, Duncan was given a ministerial job. During the crisis in Libya in 2011 he advised the government to cut off oil supplies to the Gaddaffi government and divert fuel to the rebels, thus encouraging the rise of islamic fundamentalism. He sided with the people who murdered the American ambassador in Benghazi. Assuring everyone that he was an expert on the oil business, he warned in The Times that oil prices of $200 a barrel are "on the cards" if anyone is "reckless and foments unrest." [8] By 2016, despite five years of unrest, oil prices were still $40 per barrel.

Duncan has made public attacks on Israel and his dark accusations about a "powerful financial lobby" controlling America were condemned as anti-Semitic by leading Jewish groups.[9]

Duncan assumes a smiling, sunny image in public in what was described as the best PR tradition but a different personality was said to flash out from time to time. In April 2009, when appearing on the TV comedy show Have I Got News For You, he shocked the audience by saying that he would kill an American beauty queen Carrie Prejean who had, when asked to give her opinion on marriage, stated very civilly that she considered it was between a "man and a woman". Duncan's "joke" about murdering her even shocked other contestants on the show. [10] Many viewers complained to the viewers to complain to the BBC, the broadcasting watchdog OfCom and even the police. The incident was reported in the press. “Gay Tory Frontbencher Faces Police Probe after Miss Universe Death Threat Live on TV”. [11] The Guardian, a socialist and strongly pr-LGBT newspaper, excused his behavior by insisting it was a joke. Yet under UK law a death threat against a homosexual person for any reason would be a criminal offence carrying a jail term. Duncan also demonstrated his skills in intellectual debate by calling Miss Prejean, a qualified teacher, a "silly bitch".

Views on Drugs

Duncan's book Saturn's Children advocated legalising all drugs.

Position on UK's membership of the EU

In March 2016 during the UK's EU Referendum campaign, Matthew Elliot one of the leaders of the Leave campaign, revealed that Duncan had come to him and offered to lend his personal lustre to their side but only on condition that he was given a star role.

Elliot reported this on Twitter

11:00 PM - 23 Mar 2016 Matthew Elliott ‎@matthew_elliott Surprised @AlanDuncanMP supports Remain. He came to the@vote_leave HQ the other week asking for a Board position!

283283 Retweets 113113 likes

Leave declined and Duncan, who had previously for 20 years leaned to the Euro-sceptic side, went on to join the Remain campaign. He wrote in the Daily Telegraph ‘I am one of those who many expected in the referendum campaign to be a fervent advocate of leaving. Until recently I also expected it of myself – even going so far as to speak to the Leave organisers at their HQ.’ [12] [13]

Views on Taxation

In 2016 Duncan reacted with anger and rudeness to the Panama Papers scandal, press exposure of tax-avoidance by the super-rich including the family of David Cameron. He snapped that the very idea of full disclosure of politicians' tax affairs would deter "high achievers" like himself from going into parliament and would fill the House of Commons with "low achievers". [14][15] One commentator asked "How does inheriting a large sum of money make you a "high achiever?" [16]

Altruistic, Philanthropic or Publicly Beneficial Achievements

[Awaiting information]


See also: Death Threats Against Christians

References

  1. As of 2018, he is the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, and the Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton
  2. https://www.occrp.org/en/history-of-occrp/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/2022-marc-rich-oil-tycoon-dies-at-78
  3. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/conservative-mps-expenses/6017224/MPs-expenses-Alan-Duncan-from-millionaire-oil-trader-to-constant-gardener.html
  4. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/jul/18/conservatives.uk
  5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5736938/MPs-expenses-Alan-Duncan-claimed-63000-in-mortgage-flip.html
  6. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5304976/Alan-Duncan-claimed-thousands-for-gardening-MPs-expenses.html
  7. Alan Duncan: MPs are treated like '****' and have to survive on rations. www.telegraph.co.uk › News › News Topics › MPs' expenses 12 Aug 2009 - It's just, I'm afraid, the world has gone mad.” Mr Duncan has gained a reputation for being gaffe-prone, particularly in his response to the expenses scandal. His appearance on the BBC programme Have I Got News For You, where he boasted about MPs' lavish lifestyles, was roundly criticised.
  8. https://www.expatica.com/uk/news/country-news/British-minister-says-Arab-unrest-can-double-crude-prices_244704.html
  9. https://www.bod.org.uk/board-of-deputies-statement-on-sir-alan-duncan-mps-remarks/
  10. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00k2ph9 Have I Got News for You broadcast April 2009 threatened to kill Carrie Prejean
  11. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1173776/Gay-Tory-frontbencher-faces-police-probe-Miss-Universe-death-threat-live-TV.html
  12. http://www. telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12202394/Why-this-lifelong-Eurosceptic-is-now-voting-to-stay-in.html
  13. http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/03/vote-leave-exec-accuses-alan-duncan-of-asking-for-a-board-position-before-backing-remain/
  14. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/panama-papers-sir-alan-duncan-mp-speaking-in-defence-of-david-cameron-critcised-for-decrying-low-a6979826.html
  15. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-tory-alan-duncan-cope-7771314
  16. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wed-all-like-be-high-achievers-most-us-tax-gets-way-1554451