I CAN’T help feeling that all this excitement about the Speaker, the Serjeant-at-Arms and the police search (without a warrant!) is all a bit beside the point.
Surely the central issue in all of this is the guilt or innocence of Damian Green. Like everyone else – including all my commenters – I have no idea of the case against him. And of course I won’t prejudge the police investigation.
But the rights and wrongs of the police search and the actions (or inaction) of the various House authorities are not the central point. Does the fact that Tory spin over the last few days has been designed to focus media attention on the process of the search rather than the reason for it suggest that they are less comfortable talking about the latter?
And when Do-Nothing said in yesterday’s debate that the government had ordered Damian Green’s arrest, he clearly didn’t believe it himself. More likely he’s decided that since at least some of the public are inclined to believe the worst of the government, he might as well capitalize on it, even if it means being dishonest in the process.
The nasty party indeed…