Alan Duncan

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Alan Duncan
KCMG MP
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Minister of State for International Development
In office
13 May 2010 – 14 July 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Gareth Thomas
Succeeded by Desmond Swayne
Shadow Minister for Prisons
In office
7 September 2009 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Edward Garnier
Succeeded by Shabana Mahmood
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
In office
19 January 2009 – 7 September 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by Theresa May
Succeeded by George Young
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
In office
8 December 2005 – 19 January 2009
Leader David Cameron
Preceded by David Willetts (Trade and Industry)
Succeeded by Kenneth Clarke (Business, Innovation and Skills)
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
In office
10 May 2005 – 8 December 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Tim Yeo (Environment and Transport)
Succeeded by Chris Grayling
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
In office
8 September 2004 – 10 May 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by John Bercow
Succeeded by Andrew Mitchell
Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs
In office
10 November 2003 – 8 September 2004
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Bill Cash
Succeeded by Oliver Heald
Member of Parliament
for Rutland and Melton
In office
9 April 1992 – 6 November 2019
Preceded by Michael Latham
Majority 21,705 (39.8%)
Personal details
Born Alan James Carter Duncan
(1957-03-31) 31 March 1957 (age 65)
Rickmansworth, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Domestic partner James Dunseath
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford
Harvard University
Website Official website

Alan James Carter Duncan (born March 31, 1957) is a retired British Conservative Party politician. He served as the Minister of State for Europe and the Americas from 2016 to 2019, and was the Member of Parliament for Rutland and Melton from 1992 to 2019. A progressive Tory and a homosexual, Duncan was given a knighthood by the David 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 indicted on criminal charges by the United States 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". [1]

When Duncan became an MP, on the second try, in 1992, by standing in a safe Tory seat, he was quickly promoted to government office and soon after demoted when it was revealed that he had used irregular means to obtain a discounted purchase price of a council house. He did not 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.[2]

During the Tony 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. He compared the entirely peaceful, non-violent and socially responsible pro-family lobby in the Conservative Party to the violent and murderous Taliban, a public insult to 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, ignoring the many grave health issues and impact on children of the breakdown of the family system.[3]

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. [4] [5]

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.[6]

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 invasion of Libya in 2011, he advised the Cameron government to cut off oil supplies to the government of Muammar Gaddafi and divert fuel to the rebels, thus encouraging the rise of Islamic fundamentalism. He sided with the people who murdered the American ambassador in the 2012 Benghazi attack. 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."[7] 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.[8]

Duncan assumes a smiling, sunny image in public but a different personality flashes 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 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. [9] 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”. [10] The Guardian, a socialist and strongly pro-LGBT newspaper that is often described as a "Communist newspaper" by critics, excused Duncan's 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".

Support for Pet Causes

Duncan's donations to Stonewall UK.

Since Duncan was put in charge of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, it has made enormous donations out of public money to Stonewall UK the homosexual extremist group. In 2016 and 2017, these donations were nearly £300,000 per year, and are unprecedented. This funding enable Stonewall to meddle in the laws and government of foreign sovereign states, in a way that resembles a new colonialism.

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 Brexit 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. On Twitter, Elliot reported that:

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 Far-Left Remain campaign. He wrote in the Daily Telegraph that: ‘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.’ [11] [12]

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". [13][14] One commentator asked "How does inheriting a large sum of money make you a "high achiever?" [15]

Altruistic, Philanthropic or Publicly Beneficial Achievements

[Awaiting information]

Support for Joe Biden in the 2020 United States presidential election

In the 2020 United States presidential election, Duncan endorsed Democratic candidate Joe Biden over the then-incumbent Republican president, Donald Trump.[16]

See also

References

  1. https://www.occrp.org/en/history-of-occrp/27-ccwatch/cc-watch-briefs/2022-marc-rich-oil-tycoon-dies-at-78
  2. 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
  3. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2005/jul/18/conservatives.uk
  4. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5736938/MPs-expenses-Alan-Duncan-claimed-63000-in-mortgage-flip.html
  5. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5304976/Alan-Duncan-claimed-thousands-for-gardening-MPs-expenses.html
  6. 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.
  7. https://www.expatica.com/uk/news/country-news/British-minister-says-Arab-unrest-can-double-crude-prices_244704.html
  8. https://www.bod.org.uk/board-of-deputies-statement-on-sir-alan-duncan-mps-remarks/
  9. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00k2ph9 Have I Got News for You broadcast April 2009 threatened to kill Carrie Prejean
  10. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1173776/Gay-Tory-frontbencher-faces-police-probe-Miss-Universe-death-threat-live-TV.html
  11. http://www. telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12202394/Why-this-lifelong-Eurosceptic-is-now-voting-to-stay-in.html
  12. http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2016/03/vote-leave-exec-accuses-alan-duncan-of-asking-for-a-board-position-before-backing-remain/
  13. 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
  14. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/how-tory-alan-duncan-cope-7771314
  15. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/wed-all-like-be-high-achievers-most-us-tax-gets-way-1554451
  16. https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/british-conservatives-come-out-for-biden_uk_5f931225c5b63bc74ba655dd
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Latham
Member of Parliament
for Rutland and Melton

19922019
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Bill Cash
Shadow Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Oliver Heald
Preceded by
John Bercow
Shadow Secretary of State for International Development
2004–2005
Succeeded by
Andrew Mitchell
Preceded by
Tim Yeo
as Shadow Secretary of State for Environment and Transport
Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
2005
Succeeded by
Chris Grayling
Preceded by
David Willetts
as Shadow Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Kenneth Clarke
as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
Preceded by
Theresa May
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons
2009
Succeeded by
George Young