Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Googling Keith Vaz
Top of the list comes profiles and information from the incredibly handy They Work For You, where you can look at voting records, recent appearances, statistics on attendance and rebelliousness and get contact details for all UK MPs as well as access hansard archives.
Next up poor Keith is still being dogged by the Hinduja scandal with a three year old BBC article and accompanying BBC profile.
Coming in at number three is the Public Whip's Voting record. This information is also accessible through They Work For You and Vaz shows up as remarkably unrebellious.
Leicester City Council's rather nice website comes next with only paltry contact details available.
A profile at Operation Black Vote rolls in next. Keith's place as the first Asian Minister in Parliament is often referred to in such profiles, though not in the next, Dod's Biography, where the emphasis is on his work as a solicitor.
Equally often referred to is Keith's reason for no longer being a minister, and a review of the case that lost him his job polls up next at the archive website for Official Documents.
The last result on the first page is another sparse reference on politics.co.uk.
On the second page of results the Labour site manage to sneak in, as well as more local info from thisisleicestershire.co.uk. A sympathetic article on the scandal from The Hindu highlights possible undercurrents of racism and the groundbreaking life and career of Keith's mother, Merlyn Vaz, is chronicled.
More soul-less biographies and an amusingly illustrated account of his love for Goa follow.
All very interesting. Some genuinely interesting, some interesting because of their lack of interest. Although this post didn't start with the intention of making a point I can't help but be struck by one: Keith, where are you? Where is the real Keith Vaz?