WHAT? How very dare they, to use Dale's phrase.
'The police have dismissed criticism from a Conservative MP' is R4's news headline on the story of the police trawl through Daniel Kawczynski's constituency correspondence in the Commons in searching for a handwriting match to that of a poison-pen letter received by Ed Balls that bore a Shrewsbury postmark.
Kawczynski is a prat. He failed to protect his constituents, and they will make their judgement at the ballot box. And like the woman who takes a week to decide she's been raped, after her one-night beau fails to call her, his indignation carries little weight. But this is not the point.
The police must never, never, 'dismiss' criticism from an MP.
I think it's time our newly-clean Commons remembered where their balls are and reminded the police of the correct relationship between them and Parliament.