Some people are born mooks, some achieve mookness and some have mookness thrust upon them. A special few manage all three. Meet Brexiteer Liam Fox: part-time doctor, part-time comedian, part-time financier, part-time politician, full-time mook.
Before we get to the reason why Liam Fox is so deserving of our Mook Of The Month award for his recent behavious, let’s have a little look back at his life to date.
Glasgow-born Liam Fox is a man of many parts. He studied medicine at Glasgow University, going on to become a GP in Beaconsfield. Having stood successfully as MP for North Somerset he decided to try his hand at being a comedian.
At a Christmas party in 2000, given by the then shadow Foreign Secretary Francis Maude, Fox asked fellow guests: “What do you call three dogs and a blackbird?” Receiving no response, he supplied the answer: “The Spice Girls.” Clearly pleased with his performance, Fox repeated the joke several times that evening.
His financial expertise was evident in the 2009 expenses scandal. He was the Shadow Cabinet Minister found to have the largest over-claim on expenses, and as a result was forced to repay over £22,000.
In 2010, he was appointed Defence Secretary by David Cameron. Fox always maintained that he was a strong believer in the Special Relationship but in his case, he meant his special relationship with close friend, ex-flat mate and best man Adam Werritty.
He allowed Werritty to take up an unofficial and undeclared role in which he attended meetings at the Ministry of Defence without first obtaining security clearance. Werritty printed business cards announcing himself as his advisor and joined Fox at meetings with foreign dignitaries.
Fox came under pressure when it emerged that Werritty, a lobbyist, had met him on 18 foreign trips despite having no official role. It also transpired that some of the businessmen who were funding Werritty’s trips abroad had an interest in influencing defence policy.
In a resignation letter to David Cameron, Fox said he had “mistakenly allowed” personal and professional responsibilities to be “blurred”.
In October 2013, Fox hit the news again after documents showed he claimed 3p for a 100-metre car trip a year earlier. He also made an additional 15 claims of under £1 for car travel approved in 2012–13.
“I don’t do my expenses, my office does them,” said Fox.
Recently, Liam Fox achieved full mookness when he denied sending a controversial tweet — while sitting in front of a giant picture of it.
The Secretary of State for International Trade was being interviewed by Sophy Ridge for Sky News when he claimed not to have sent a tweet from his account.
The tweet, which was sent in March 2016, read: “The United Kingdom is one of the few countries in the European Union that does not need to bury its 20th century history.”
Mr Fox claimed the tweet had not been sent out by him. The giant screen behind him showing the tweet emanating from his account seemed to suggest otherwise.
Oh, and while he’s not telling barefaced fibs in front of the nation, ol’ Foxy is keen on twinning the UK with a country whose president publicly encourages its citizens to murder drug dealers and want to lower the age of criminal responsibility to nine.
In an article for the Business World Online, Fox wrote that the UK and Philippines have a “well-established and strong relationship built on a foundation of shared values and shared interests and we want this partnership to continue to flourish”.
According to Fox, the UK shares values with a country run by Rodrigo Duterte (suitably nicknamed ‘The Punisher’), who has bragged about throwing a criminal from a helicopter while he was mayor of Davao City and called Barack Obama a “son of a whore”.
With the Brexit negotiations in Fox’s capable hands, what could go wrong?
What a fucking mook!