Tory outrage at the arrest of Damian Green mirrors the anger that many in Labour felt when Tony Blair's aide Ruth Turner was arrested in the cash for honours investigation. Although their cases are very different there are important similarities. Green, like Turner, was arrested under suspicion of conspiracy. In other words, he has not been arrested simply for receiving leaked government documents, but under suspicion of conspiring to have them leaked.From this morning's Sunday Times leader:
Some in Labour circles have sought to compare the two episodes, claiming a moral equivalence between Mr Green’s arrest and that of Ruth Turner, a Downing Street aide, and Lord Levy, the former party fundraiser. There is no such equivalence. Cash for honours was about allegations of political corruption at the highest level and debasing the honours system. Mr Green’s “crime” was in helping expose matters that belonged in the public domain. Even if he encouraged an official to leak information, he was merely following a tradition that journalists and opposition politicians have adopted for generations.Surely they can't mean Nick?