REMEMBER when the Tories described themselves as “the party of law and order”?
Alas, no more. The Shadow Home Secretary, “the lawyer’s lawyer”, Dominic Grieve, has written to the government asking 50 questions about – what else? – the Damien Green affair. All well and good. Except you would have thoight that a lawyer of Dominic’s experience would have known that at least some of the questions cannot be answered by the government and should have been directed at the police instead.
So what’s his game? Simple: if the government doesn’t answer all his questions (which it won’t, I hope), he’ll put on his faux indignation look (does he have any other?) and claim the government isn’t being transparent or accountable. And if it does answer his questions, he will claim that this is proof that the government was pulling the police’s strings all along.
Here’s an example from his nice long list:
21. The guidance on the offence of misconduct in public office states: “A charge of misconduct in public office should be reserved for cases of serious misconduct or deliberate failure to perform a duty which is likely to injure the public interest”. In what respect was it suspected that Damian Green might have done this?
22. Who in the police approved the decision to inform the mayor about the proposed arrest of Damian Green?
23. Who in the police decided not to inform any government minister about the proposed arrest of Damian Green?
24. Why was it decided to inform the mayor but no minister?
26. Why were counter-terrorist officers involved in the arrest?