Labor MP Keith Vaz, a frequent critic of violent video games, is currently under the glare of an ethical inquiry in the U.K.
As reported by a lengthy expose in the Daily Mail:
[Vaz] is facing demands for a sleaze inquiry after intervening in a court case on behalf of a party donor… Vaz, chairman of the influential home affairs select committee, urged the High Court to delay proceedings involving a friend from whom he and his family had received lavish hospitality…
At a critical point in the case, 51-year-old Mr Vaz wrote to the High Court asking the presiding judge to adjourn proceedings pending the outcome of complaints by [Vaz’s friend] about how the case had been previously handled, involving hotly contested allegations of racism and bias.
Legal sources said the judge was furious at what he perceived to be ‘political interference’.
Nor is this the first time that Vaz has come under fire for allegations of an ethical lapse, as this BBC report indicates. On that score, in April of this year GamePolitics readers voted Vaz the fourth biggest political hypocrite in regard to video game issues. Vaz was beaten out for that dubious honor by disgraced New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
GP: Thanks to GP reader GusTavToo for the tip!