The manner of the arrest and detention of Damian Green, and of the searching of his Commons office, is an outrage.
Firstly, the Metropolitan police, OUR police force, not Zanu Labour's, won't come out any more for a burglary. Your home can be trashed, a lifetime of belongings stolen, your world turned upside down and these clowns invite you to leave a message on an answerphone. Nearly thirty teenage boys have been vilely murdered this year, yet a London bus will still contain an upper deck of kids armed with knives. Illegals and overstayers steal millions from the public purse and by fraud and other acquisitive crime and they're not interested. Yet they turn out in force to arrest an MP who has cruelly exposed Home Office incompetence. Unacceptable. This is the moment when it has become imperative that London regains control of its police force. I and council tax payers in my borough are paying the salaries of a thousand policemen, and I want to see them here, on the buses, on the streets, not hidden in the thousands of Zanu Labour 9 to 5 'units' and made-up non-jobs that the Met has become.
I am writing today to the Acting Commissioner to demand, under FOI rules, to know the name of the senior Met officer who authorised the Green arrest, and to know just how many hours and how much manpower has been devoted to this investigation.
Secondly, Parliament. There are a few of my readers I know who mistake Parliament for Government. And I have been critical and am critical of the behaviour of MPs as a class. However, the privileges of the Commons are our most precious asset - forget for a moment the crass ineptitude, venality, avarice and petty corruption of many of the chamber's current members and think ahead to the day when the Commons is filled with our true representatives locked in pitched battle with a trenchant and besieged government - the preservation of those ancient privileges is critical.
I know little of Mrs Jill Pay, the current Sergeant At Arms who apparently authorised the violation of the house's privileges in the searching of Green's office. She is a career civil servant of the clerical and executive branch by her scanty online CV, and doesn't come to the house from any position of achievement. However, I am certain that the last Sergeant, Major General Peter Grant Peterkin, would not have allowed such access to the house without the assembled Commons having a say in the matter.
There is a reason sometimes why our traditions seem a bit stuffy and non- Zanu Labour and General Peterkin is it; the Sergeant needs to be a man (or a woman of the Margaret Rutherford type) who can tell the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis to get lost. A general can do this as easily as breathing; a former clerical officer with no history of command or responsibility can't.
Thirdly, I cannot believe that the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, was not informed of the arrest and search. I am sure astute questioning today and over the coming days will reveal this obvious truth. The police don't even arrest an MP for shoplifting without the Home Secretary being told.
This outrage is a watershed. It is an outrage perpetuated by the agents of the State against one of the people's elected representatives. Any personal shortcomings that Damian Green may have are irrelevant; it's the symbolism of the line crossed. I am furious. I am seething. And following the post below, I am wondering more seriously what will be demanded from all of us who hold our social democracy dear to keep it from such vile dangers.