Sunday, 21 December 2008

When two tribes go to war; The Tories and the Met square-off

. Barely undisturbed by wider social reality, the Damian Green affair rumbles on. The latest development in the saga is chronicled for us by Iain Dale. The only real interest value left in this whole story is to see how dazzlingly high the levels of Conservative hypocrisy can fly; my guess is quite high.

Iain reports on the remarks by Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick who told the BBC that;

"The Tory machinery and their press friends are mobilised against this investigation.

"I think it is a very spiteful act, possibly to intimidate me away from investigating Mr Green, and I feel it has put my family at risk."

Quick is referring to a Mail on Sunday article which claimed a 'security scare' over his wife's home-run wedding car hire business. It starts like this;

"Questions have been raised over the judgment of Britain’s top anti-terror police chief after it emerged that a wedding car hire business - including one of his own cars - is being run from his home."

It degenerates from there on in; previous stories about Quick have been headlined 'Jacqui Smith's favourite copper'. Of course, we all remember how Boris Johnson forced the late, and unlamented on these pages, Sir Ian Blair from his post. In reality that is what we have always been dealing with; a feud between the Metropolitan Police and the Conservative Party. CCHQ has denied any official involvement in the stories published in the Daily Mail but that is slightly academic; we all know that the Mail is a Conservative-sympathising attack-paper.

I didn't support Ian Blair and I don't support Quick in these comments (although frankly, if my *partner* was attacked in such a salacious way I would be saying allot less pleasant things about the people did it than they were 'corrupt'). Iain is right that his comments now call into question his position in leading the Green enquiry. However, the stance of the Conservatives as the 'pious victims' in this case also has no credibility.

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