Memo to Raj Grewal: When you are in the hot seat, you don't get to call the shots.

The more disgraced MP Raj Grewal and his proxies speak, the worse it becomes.

His lawyer had the nerve to decree that everything is now a “private personal family matter” because, they are alleged to have paid off his massive gambling debt.

No, it is not now a “private personal family matter.” That is utter bullshit. It is a matter of national security, and now they are up to their eyeballs in it.

If they paid it off now, they could have paid it off before it hit the fan. We know nothing about his family or how they have the means to cancel out his seven-figure debt so quickly.

And now does he owe them favours? How does he repay them, especially on an MP’s modest salary?

The matter gets more serious at every turn, especially as Mr. Grewal and his proxies seem both parts arrogant and oblivious to the nature of the problem. Gambling, by its very nature, involves nothing but a criminal element, from loan sharks to bookies. He did not get into debt by playing too many scratchies.

And they absolutely knew who he was, and these characters are just going to be honourable and allow him to gamble without trying to get an in of some kind?

Absolutely not. He was in debt in seven figure territory, and that’s enough to kick him out of the door.

He is radioactive, no matter what.

And this matter is of national security.

And perhaps even global in scope.

That his proxies are trying to contain a nuclear bomb is outrageous.

If the Prime Minister lets it go, he, too can no longer be trusted to have the best interests of the country, and no amount of trying to deflect attention by using words such as “sanctimonious” and “ambulance-chasers” is going to cover up the dire nature of this country’s reality.

At the very least, an inquiry is in order — for Grewal, and Tony Clement. Both of them have no business in government affairs. Period.

The “I have an illness” narrative may explain it, but it doesn’t excuse it. They are exploitable and vulnerable to criminal elements.

MPs have had an easy ride for far too long. If either one or both gets a free pass, you know for certainty that this nation is in the crosshairs of organized criminal elements and terrorists.

It will be too easy for them.

And the way this country has no laws, regulations, protocols, or morals to begin with — we are already at someone’s mercy, yet have no idea about it…