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In the Red corner.

Like so many other people I was surprised when the hews headlines informed me that Police had arrested MP Damian Green on suspicion of “conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office, and aiding and abetting counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office.”

Shadow Immigration Minister Damian Green received a visit at his constituency home from no less than 9 counter-terrorism at his London home, frightening his 15-year-old daughter and wife  who were there. He was held at Belgravia police station for nine hours, only one of which was used to question him about his alleged crime – leaking information embarrassing to the Home Office.

So when alerted by Home Office whistle-blowers of the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s involvement in covering up 5,000 illegal immigrants employed as security guards, and of a memo showing that an illegal immigrant was able to work as a cleaner in the Commons using a fake ID, he spoke out, allegedly.

I suppose that the leading Labour ministers will deny any knowledge and claim that it was the ongoing Police investigation that is responsible.

Exactly to what scale was the Home Secretary Jacqui Smith involved in the decision to arrest Damian Green and what was the offence heinous enough to warrant his arrest ?   In fact, what does any Labour cabinet minister or MP know about this ?

Brown claims not to have known  presumably according to the un-named Downing Street spokesperson. I suppose that the speaker of the house also knew nothing. “I had no prior knowledge, the home secretary had no prior knowledge, I know of no other minister who had any prior knowledge,” he told Sky News, adding: “I knew about it only after it had happened.”

Someone will have a bitter taste left in their mouth after this. I suspect that the last bus will not be stopping at denial central as the claims of ignorance are made.

Politicians leaking information ?   Who ever would think such a thing.

There will be questions in the house about this I’m sure.  And there I was thinking that they were working together for the good of the public.

We didn’t receive any messages, and Captain BlackAdder definately did not shoot this delicious, plump-breasted pigeon…………..as they say.


6 Responses

  1. Speckled Jim? Nien, I vos acting under orders….

  2. As Jim Hacker so eloquently put it:

    “That’s another of those irregular verbs, isn’t it?”

    “I give confidential briefings, you leak, he is being prosecuted under Section 2a of the Official Secrets Act.”

    Cadbury Moose.

  3. One can only hope that at some point, the folks in the Met get tired of being the bad guys in this, and a series of miraculous leaks reveal who actually ordered this.

    Unless it really was just some loony Met bureaucrat…
    (Do you have Dilbert in the UK? If not, you need to get it…)

  4. And I guess that none of them will know the whereabouts of Chris Galley until after he is suicided.

  5. I think that few people would be prepared to assert that the Home Secretary was fully aware of what was happening in her own department, so what we have here (at the moment) is a case of “Plausible deniability”

  6. Is that the same ‘straightforward and honest’ Home Secretary who cheated the Police out of a pay rise?

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