Thursday, April 16, 2009

Damian Green exonerated – now arrest Jacqui Smith!

After six months of enquiry, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided that Damian Green is not to be prosecuted for ‘misconduct in public office’ over leaks which caused political embarrassment to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. According to the CPS, the documents were not confidential, did not relate to issues of national security, military or policing matters, and their leaking might even be considered to have been in the public interest.

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?

15 Comments:

Blogger Fidothedog said...

I want 88p back on my taxes for a bathplug. If she can get one for free so can I!

16 April 2009 at 12:05  
Blogger ProudGeordie said...

Your Grace,

Lets not forget Speaker Martin's role in the Damien Green affair, he should be booted too never have I seen a more craven individual in the speakers chair.

We need a Lenthal-type to keep these trough-guzzling ganets in order.

16 April 2009 at 12:09  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

I would have thought havng 4000 Jihadists running around ( according to MI5, though that could be just a ruse so we will agree to more state powers ) was more of a threat to National Security, I don't see anyone being blamed for that one.

16 April 2009 at 12:45  
Blogger Carl Gardner said...

Don't fall for the idea civil servants were on a frolic of their own: yes, they're politicised, but as the PermSec told Keith Vaz's committee, Jacqui Smith had "steam coming out of her ears" about the leaks; and as she told the committee, she agreed to the police being called in. She's in charge, and clearly they did what she expected of them.

16 April 2009 at 13:30  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

What sticks in my craw is the report that after the Bob Quick debacle, Jacqueline Smith our august Second-Home Secretary told him that he had forfeited her confidence. He thereupon resigned

Madame Smith you have certainly forfeited my confidence! Where is your resignation?

To adapt an old song...

"Oh, we do want to lose you - and we think you ought to go,

For your Queen and your country all want it so

We most certainly shan't miss you, and with all our might and main

We shall taunt you... mock you... diss you

If you ever show your face again"

16 April 2009 at 14:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fido,

It so happens, that 88p is exactly how much tax you'll have failed to pay last year if you're on PAYE. It has to do with the way that the PAYE system uses rounding. So never fear, you can have that bathplug courtesy of the taxpayer.

16 April 2009 at 15:52  
Anonymous Voyager said...

The Permanent Secretary at the Home Office deceived the Metropolitan Police and led them to seize Constituents' correspondence to their Representative in Parliament and these are now in Police files.

The Constituency Offices were searched; the Home of the MP was searched and private effects of his daughters and of his wife were rifled through including Privileged Papers of his barrister Wife.

The Executive sent in Police to intimidate a Member of Parliament acting for his Constituents......

The very least is the dismissal of the Permanent Secretary at the Home Office.

The Cabinet Office asked the Met to intervene - thus not only does this Office in Downing Street house Tom Watson MP and Damian McBride but also sends in the goon squad to harass an Opposition Front Bencher exposing deceit over illegal aliens which the Home Office tried to conceal from the Citizenry

16 April 2009 at 17:21  
Blogger Gnostic said...

I was amused by the bloke from the DPP issuing the statement. Was it just me or did he seem to be breaking his heart over the announcement that Damian Green and Christopher Galley were being let off the hook? He seemed to labour (sic) the point that being let off didn't mean that they should have been.

It certainly buried the McPoison story, didn't it?

16 April 2009 at 18:11  
Anonymous m said...

The BBC reported that the case was dropped for "lack of evidence" but from everything I read, it was because no crime had been committed.

Why do we have to put up with this from a State broadcaster?

16 April 2009 at 19:29  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Innocent until proven guilty through lack of evidence!

Don't laugh.

16 April 2009 at 20:45  
Anonymous Joshua said...

The truth is out there. But in God's name don't try to reveal it in Brown's Marxist Kremlin England.

This nurse has been struck off because she went under cover for the BBC and blew the whistle on the hospital KGB.

Nurse struck off for filming with PanoramaSHAME ON EVERY ONE OF US!

16 April 2009 at 21:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Labour Party Campaign slogan "Hope not Hate" springs to mind here Joshua. They are a bunch of bloody comedians.

16 April 2009 at 21:18  
Anonymous Hank Petram said...

Sir David Normington and Chris Wright to answer charges of wasting police time? Now there's something that would restore a lot of people's faith in British democracy.

17 April 2009 at 01:51  
Anonymous not a machine said...

i think david cameron put it rather well "what was wrong with them picking up the phone and asking him"

it is very serious and pleasingly has backfired , no mp is above the law , but it is an all together different matter , to make the law twist to fit a person whos job it is know if the government is doing its job to the public, of all the people who has a right to find out if a goverment office is working properly it is an mp.

let us not forget that this goverment does not answer questions ,even reasonable written ones , yet it "tarts" its web presence as being "you can ask us " .

but the home secretary has much to consider now , why would she want to obstruct an mp going about thier business , in one sense she has acted above her office in that she has sought to prosecute an mp for knowing somthing that he has a right to enquire about.

imagine it this way , damian green going round to the SFO , saying hes an mp and sealing the room to search it as he had heard that , that another mp had informed him that leaked documents on bank exectuiative salaries were in the FSOs office , you can imagine the cries of "gross misuse of power"

you have to ask just how much of an embarrasment the immigration is to use such scarey power.

my thoughts are why did the home secretary not allow more transparency in this department so that leaking to an mp was not required ???

some select commitees meet in closed session to discuss the most sensative subjects , as they have to handle secrets , so why did somthing that was not really a matter state secrecy, require the treatment of an experinced mp as though he was going to sell secrets .

the home secreatary has misused her powers , and should have enquired differently , stopping a leak by arresting damien green was at best a scare tactic designed to smear or damage the conservatives , at worst incompetant, rash and lacking intelligence .

i note today she has told councils not to be use snooping powers for petty offences , to soften the stalinist image .

as if after all the damge , a little treat would sooth the conscience of an angry and violated nation

17 April 2009 at 06:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Second Home Secretary should know you can't really stop a leak with an 88p plug! :)

17 April 2009 at 18:23  

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