Friday, 28 November 2008

Damian Green update

  • Like many of you I have written to my MP, and to the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (Boris and Kit Malthouse)
  • I have made FOI requests to both the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police Service; I doubt they will provide the information I have asked for, but I intend to pass their refusals to the Chairman of the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee who may choose to subpoena them if he thinks his committee should know the answers
  • Old Holborn summed it up succinctly in a comment on Iain Dale's blog; "Two alternatives: 1) Ministers knew - we live in an authoritarian state, 2) Ministers didn't know - we live in a police state."
  • Spyblog usefully posted a reminder link to his brilliant 'Hints and tips for whistleblowers' for any civil servants now more determined than ever to share information in the public interest
  • Tony Benn expressed fury on the World at One, suggesting the Police may be guilty of a contempt of Parliament - BBC iPlayer link - and usefully reminding both MPs and whistleblowers that the surest way was to publish the information as part of Parliamentary proceedings, making it watertight privileged information.
  • Nick Robinson's blog doesn't reckon it's very important and in return Nick's readers don't reckon he's very bright.

Let's see how it runs on the early evening news reports.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2008/nov/28/icm-poll-labour-conservatives

And after this debacle, the poll lead will only increase.....

Bye-Bye, Meester Broon.

Blue Eyes said...

Has Mr Brown underestimated the British people one last time?