ASIDE from the rather blatant and inexcusable split infinitive, the quote above is notable for the fact that it emanated from a “well placed” Tory following the arrest of Damian Green, according to Nicholas Watt at The Guardian.
Dominic “Putting the legal profession first” Grieve has apparently accepted Quick’s apology for being beastly to the Tories yesterday. But what does”accepted” mean? That’s right – it means “I will expect your resignation letter on my desk the day I become Home Secretary”.
Apparently Quick got on the Tories’ bad side by sharing the view of the majority of the British public that proposals to introduce 42 days’ detention before charge should have gone through. Such independence is frowned upon by Tory high command. He probably didn’t even go to the right school, either.
And as Boris has shown, the Tories are not above sacking senior police officers out of spite, not to mention for party political advantage.
So, answers on a postcard, please: Who is the “well-placed Tory” who was in such a rage at Bob Quick that he couldn’t even bring himself to open Fowler’s Modern English Usage?