I HAD intended to write (and in fact had finished writing a piece) blasting senior Tories for creating a situation where it was felt justifiable to leak or to publish details of Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick’s home address. Quick is in charge of the police investigation into Tory MP Damian Green.
Indeed, the cynical bullying of the police by David Cameron and Dominic Grieve is something I have previously warned against.
However, within seconds of publishing my diatribe – based entirely on the BBC website story – Carolyn told me she had heard a radio report suggesting he had withdrawn his criticism of the Tory Party. So the status of my original post was quickly converted from “published” to “draft”.
AC Quick claimed that the publishing of his home address and the bullying of his officers – including, I presume, the prejudgment of the enquiry – were somehow linked. Yet according to the Mail on Sunday, Quick’s home address was included in an advertisement for the wedding car hire firm run from his home.
Most visitors to this site know my view: that prejudgment of the inquiry, the assumption that Damian was arrested simply for carrying out his duties as an MP, is premature and, until we know the police’s conclusions, unjustified.
Yet this latest episode has hardly cleared the water – just made a complicated and controversial story even more so, on both counts.