DO-NOTHNG continues to spread smear and innuendo, this time through a slot in the News of the World.
Writing about Damien Green’s arrest, he says:
Why is it so important that the Prime Minister tells us what he thinks?
Because people want to know what their political leaders think about the right to vigorous opposition in politics, the right to publish information which is in the public interest, the rights of MPs holding the government to account, and the rights of Parliament itself.
In other words, it is out of the question that Green could have been arrested for anything other than opposing the government. By implication, therefore, we live in the Brave New World of 1984, police state, blah, blah…
It is an outrageous assertion. It is also unworthy for the Leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition. But it is entirely to be expected of David Cameron.
And why has there not been a chorus of outrage about Do-Nothing’s assertion that opposition MPs should have unique immunity from the process of law (but only when the opposition is the Conservative Party, presumably)?
His central argument seems to be found in this sentence:
The question is, does he think it is right for an MP who has apparently done nothing to breach our national security to have his home and office searched by a dozen counter-terrorist police officers, his phone, BlackBerry and computers confiscated, and to be arrested and held for nine hours?
That’s a curious turn of phrase, is it not? “… an MP who has apparently done nothing to breach our national security…”?
Why “apparently”? Why didn’t Dave write that Green had “undoubtedly” done nothing to breach national security? By inserting “apparently”, Do-Nothing is deliberately allowing himself a get-out, just in case the police investigation comes up with something.
Which is the point I’ve been making for days now: only following a police investigation can anyone know whether Damien has a case to answer or not.
PS: Interestingly, in his News of the World article, Cameron describes Green not as the Tory Party’s spokesman on immigration, but as “my spokesman on immigration”. So the shadow team are no longer speaking for their party but for their leader. The ego has landed!