Thursday, 27 November 2008

Tory MP Damian Green arrested

This breaking story has been getting Westminster excited this evening. It started as a rumour that SOMETHING had happened and then resolved itself to the story that has appeared best in the Telegraph.

It appears that Mr Green has been arrested on suspicion of being involved with the leaking of sensitive documents from the Home Office - he is Shadow Immigration Minister and has embarrassed the Government recently with revelations. It is suspected that he is somehow linked to the civil servant arrested about 10 days ago - the assumption being leaker and leakee.

The Conservatives will claim that if Mr Green is simply raising matters of public concern - particularly matters that the Government was seeking to hide or inappropriate behaviour by the Home Office - then this is his job. And, with a few caveats, I agree. Providing it is not damaging national security and on the assumption that he was not paying whoever leaked the documents or extorting them in some way (and absolutely no suggestion of this has come to my ears) then so be it. It is the job of the opposition to raise questions about Government policy - particularly any malfeasance.

3 comments:

Steve Hemingway said...

Astonishing, unbelievable. As usual the blogs are much more informative than the mainstream media.

oldduffer1 said...

Is this the beginning of the end of our democracy? They apparently used "anti-terrorist" police! (Remember the protests about an arms manufacturers' convention a couple of years ago? protestors were arrested under "anti-terrorism" laws).

stevehem said...

Don't forget that the freezing order against Landsbanki, which owns failed internet bank Icesave, was issued under the 2001 Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act. The value of assets seized in this action was several orders of magnitude greater than all other bank assets previously seized under this act.