I CONCEDE. Despite my best efforts to try to focus attention on the real issue at the centre of Greengate (copyright Labourboy) – ie, whether or not Damian Green has a case to answer – the Tory spin operation has been remarkably effective.
All the newspapers want to talk about is the Speaker. A remarkable sleight of hand by the Tories, and I take my hat off to them. Every one of their front benchers has stayed remarkably on-message, including Do-Nothing when he falsely told the Commons that Green was in the Chamber despite the government’s best efforts. Yes, it was a lie, but one that the media were willing to believe, and that’s why it worked. Why should journalists bother trying to second guess a police investigation (boring) when they can have a go at the Speaker instead?
It’s the equivalent of calling for a public inquiry into the regulation of store detectives after one of your MPs is questioned for shoplifting.