I wrote this last year, following the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes:
Sir Ian Blair was either not told of the error, or lied about it for 24 hours. Therefore he presided over a system where the boss cannot be told bad news, or one in which he believed a cover-up was possible. Either way, that is a chronic failure of leadership and he has to go.I call this 'the Blair conundrum', Is he a liar, or incompetent.
Then we were told that de Menezes jumped the barriers. He didn't. Then we're told he ran at the officers. He didn't. Then we're told that he was nervous and agitated. None of the other passengers back up this version of events, nor does the toxicology back up the inference that he was high on cocaine at the time (he used it the night before, but frankly, so do lots of people). Indeed even his supposedly illegal work status was used to explain that which he didn't appear to do. It is suspicious that the CCTV footage was "lost" (#cough# Bullshit #cough#). The police clearly believe themselves to be the above the law and beyond criticism, even when they shoot an innocent man in the head. When found out, they all appear, from top to bottom, to be prepared to lie to justify their and their colleagues actions.It is clear that the police have learned nothing - especially the counter-terrorist Gestapo created by New Labour. There was a leak of official Government information concerning immigration policy involving a junior civil servant who worked briefly in Jacqui Smith's office. If we are to believe the official sequence of events, this chain of evidence led to Damien Green MP. Now remember this is a police "service" who cannot be bothered to send an officer to the scene of a Burglary; this piffling leak, entirely unrelated to national security justified the deployment of 20 counter-terrorist officers to arrest a middle-aged man, search his home and constituency office and in an appalling breach of Parliamentary Privilege, his Westminster office. There are leaks consistently used by oppositions - and not least by the current prime-minister for whom Robert Peston has become the favourite recipient of such information, and no-one has ever been arrested before. It is at best an overzealous Police officer and at worst a deeply sinister attempt to intimidate the opposition and the civil servants who provide them information.
Only the speaker and Serjeant at arms, historically the defender of Parliament against the executive can authorise the deployment of police into the Palace of Westminster. Thus speaker Martin, a Labour MP, was informed of the arrest prior to the event. The Serjeant at Arms was also informed, and authorised the search of Mr Green's Westminster office. The Mayor of London was informed in his capacity of the chairman of the Metropolitan police authority. The leader of the opposition was informed. It stretches credibility therefore that The home secretary was not informed, since the investigation which led to the arrest originated in her department.
At this stage, it's probably worth saying a few words about parliamentary privilege. In order that Parliamentarians can safely do their job of holding the Government to account, they are exempt from arrest on civil matters like slander. They are exempt from interference, molestation, obstruction and intimidation. It is for this reason that the police do not investigate parliamentarians in the Palace of Westminster. Finally the 'public interest' means that information passed to an opposition MP by a civil servant is privileged if it should have been brought to the public's attention by the minister, as in Green's case. The Sargent at arms is supposed to defend this vital privilege, and is therefore traditionally a "Man of Arms" - usually a senior officer of the Armed forces. This means they may be "posh" and are usually male. This was 'discriminatory' - the ultimate sin in New Labour's theology, and the last traditional Serjeant at arms Major General Anthony Peter Grant Peterkin, was pushed out by the incompetent class warrior, Speaker Martin. In his place Jill Pay, a pathetic non-entity, was recruited mainly because she had ovaries. Would a Major General have so deserted his duty?
If Jacqui Smith can be shown to have lied, she's toast.
If there's any justice, the inadequate Jill Pay will go too.
Speaker Martin should resign immediately.
The Officers involved in the investigation should be disciplined for a gross error of Judgement.
The media need to take this story far, far more seriously than they are doing, because it cuts to so many principles of democracy and the rule of law, which have been undermined by Labour in office. There is the careless legislation: the new criminal offence every day, without thought to the potential interpretation of legislation. Thus the Regulation of Investigatory powers sanctions snooping by councils to enforce schools admission. Counter terrorist legislation is used against an elderly heckler at a Labour conference, an allied democracy and other inappropriate targets. There have been even more dangerous laws - the Regulation Reform Bill had the potential to be an enabling law. Which is where we are now. The Labour party have politicised the police and civil service and so abused the criminal justice system that anything of which the Government disapproves is probably in contravention of some law, and the police are only too happy to do the Government's bidding. The law against misconduct in public office, a 19th century common-law offence appears to have been strengthened by the Serious organised Crime and Police Act 2005 in order to prevent coppers using the databases to pursue personal vendettas - but is written for for potential extrapolation. There are so many laws, which have not been tested by courts that almost anyone can be arrested, searched intimidated and put on a DNA database. Most of the time, the charges are quietly dropped, or if they aren't the courts can still be relied upon - but for how long? The cost and time mean that the courts cannot prevent someone's life being destroyed by a charge. An arrest, extended detention, strip search and extended questioning for the 'crime' of publishing information about the non prosecution of a footballer in the Milton Keynes citizen is a punishment in itself. Even if they were eventually cleared.
The potential for abuse is staggering and this is why we are no longer free. Unity, writing at liberal conspiracy accuses the Right of Crocodile tears. But giving us details of the Green case. As is usual with a Unity post, he thinks 'to know all is to forgive all'. By nit-picking a detail, that "anti-terrorist police" were not using "anti-terrorism powers" he accuses the right-wing blogosphere of "giving itself a hernia". In this case he argues that immigration policy is not sufficient to exonerate Green from a charge of 'procuring', and, unbelievably says that this will be embarrassing for the Conservatives. As is often with Unity he fails to see the bigger picture. Try reading about Sally Murrer and Harry Kearney's treatment and tell me this is a free country.
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
This is no longer a free country, and it is Labour who has enslaved us. Conservatives have been the major defenders of civil liberties, because that is something worth Conserving. You cannot claim that being Tory (and therefore authoritarian, according to pinko mythology) means speaking out on this issue is 'hypocrisy'. That's just putting up a straw man. Labour is the enemy of freedom. Just as predicted. It's time the left who claim to believe in individual freedom showed it by disowning this evil Government, or else stop using the word 'Liberal'. The Sunny Hundal, Polly Toynbee and Will Huttons of this world need to admit that for the left, the 'The end justifies the means' and a certain amount of 're-education' will be necessary to create socialism in one country.
Leftists will have to get rid of this tiresome 'freedom' nonsense if they want to achieve their ends, and it's time they admitted it to themselves.