ONCE again, the Tories are demanding we look at the hand and not the coin.
It is questionanable as to whether Bob Quick was wise to raise his concerns about the actions of the Conservative Party in relation to the police investigation into Damian Green. But instead of addressing the substantive question – have the Conservative Party, deliberately or otherwise, corrupted the inquiry? – they’re demanding an apology from Quick for even suggesting it in the first place.
It was Cameron who, on the day of the opening of parliament, actually said that Green had been arrested on the orders of the government! Presumably, since he has not until now come across as particularly thick, he knew this was a lie. He must have known that to say publicly – in the chamber of the House of Commons, no less – that Green’s arrest was entirely for political reasons, he would undermine the inquiry and make it almost impossible for charges to be brought.
But he has done Green no favours with his silly posturing and headline-hunting at the expense of the process of law. True, there will undoubtedly now be no charges brought. But for those with the judgment to suspend their judgment until all the facts are known (in other words, excluding every member of the Tory Party), there will be a serious question mark hanging over Green: did he escape charges because there was no evidence against him? Or because the Tory Party made it impossible for him to receive a fair trial by bullying the police throughout the length of the inquiry?