We first wrote about David Blunkett this past December when he was the British Home Secretary who had been revealed to be a Home Secretary with a difference or two. He was alleged to have engaged in an affair with a married woman — four months into her marriage. Blunkett was alleged to have fathered the child of the married woman.
The allegation derived from Blunkett himself — in a lawsuit that he had brought to establish paternity, or have his child declared a, well… never mind. The married woman was pregnant. Blunkett alleged that the unborn child was his as well. (What ever happened to the irrebutable common law presumption of legitimacy for children born during marriage?)
Blunkett, coincidentally, is a blind man in the land of one-eyed men, and therefore not king, but rather a sympathetic public figure. He continued to hold office as Home Secretary just until we took note of him, and then resigned. He was in the process of losing the sympathy that naturally accrued to him by his having overcome his disability — not out of qualms over his private life, but rather as a result of allegations that he abused his office to secure perks for his lovers, including a visa for his mistress’s nanny. When he resigned as Home Secretary, Blunkett attributed his resignation to fatherly love.
We should have known that you can’t keep a good man down. Thanks to “pro-Bush, pro-war, anti-Islamofascist Brit conservative” Peter Glover of Wires From The Bunker, we learn that Blunkett has returned to public life as Work and Pensions Secretary. Today’s London Times reports: “Blunkett hints at compulsory savings for pensions.”
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