Damian Green exonerated – now arrest Jacqui Smith!
And this story conveniently breaks today, as the McBride email scandal refuses to die.
It is reported that ‘senior civil servants’ were guilty of ‘exaggerating’ the threat to national security in order to persuade the police to investigate some embarrassing leaks. And so Mr Green was arrested and detained by the Metropolitan Police for nine hours while his home was searched, as were his constituency office and his office in the House of Commons (by kind permission of the Serjeant-at-Arms). Twenty members of the Anti-Terror squad were occupied in this operation, and they seized computers, telephones and private files, thereby preventing Mr Green from fulfilling his duties as a Member of Parliament.
All because the Cabinet Office indulged in an ‘unhelpful’ and ‘hyperbolic’ rant and (still more) politicised ‘senior civil servants’ exaggerated (ie lied about) the threat.
It is important to note that Ministers of State defended the police action in the House of Commons by repeating the ‘threat to national security’ line spouted by the ‘senior civil servants’. The Home Secretary is herself guilty of ‘exaggerating’ (ie lying).
Surely it is unacceptable for the police to be told that national security had already been damaged if it had not.
If Damian Green is not to face trial for misconduct in public office, should not ministers of state or ‘senior civil servants’ (ie Sir David Normington and Chris Wright) be sacked, arrested and charged with wasting police time?