Yesterday, GamePolitics reported that British newspaper the Daily Mail had raised serious ethical questions about the conduct of Labour MP Keith Vaz in relation to a court case involving a political donor.
The coverage of Vaz, who has been the U.K.’s most vociferous video game violence critic over the years, prompted an unsolicited comment from Jack Thompson.
Thompson, of course, is the most strident of video game critics in the United States and one might be forgiven for assuming that he and Vaz share some common cause. Not so, apparently. Of Vaz, Thompson writes:
I had my own dealings with MP Keith Vaz regarding the Stefan Pakeerah matter. I found Vaz to be deceptive [and] unreliable…
He’s a political opportunist… I wish he would get the Hell off the video game issue. People like him don’t help us. Boris Johnson, on the other hand, is credible, in my opinion.
The disbarred Miami attorney also questioned Vaz’s ethics. Although GP asked, Thompson did not provide any specifics as to what may have soured his relationship with Vaz.
Stefan Pakeerah was a 14-year-old constituent of Vaz’s who was murdered by a 17-year-old wielding a claw hammer in 2004. Rockstar’s Manhunt was newly available at the time and Vaz has sought to link the game to the killing ever since. Thompson, of course, is no friend of Rockstar’s, either.