Damian Green

  carver 21:22 16 Dec 2008
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So it now appears that the police might just drop this case all together, what a surprise.

  Forum Editor 23:19 16 Dec 2008

which bases it's pronouncements on the facts.

SKY news says - at the top of its piece:-

"Police To Drop MP Arrest Inquiry" and then goes on to say - in the first line of text that "Scotland Yard is considering dropping its inquiry "

It's a classic example of irresponsible journalism - taking a fact (that Police are considering something) and making it into another fact (that Police have decided something).

The BBC reports the situation accurately - the Police are considering the situation; they may drop the matter, or they may not. Damian Green has been bailed until February, so there's no immediate hurry as far as Police are concerned.

  johndrew 15:51 16 Apr 2009

I get the impression that this resulted from severe Home Office embarrassment over what was leaked.

It was, apparently, the Home Office who called the police in and it would seem reasonable that full knowledge of the material released into the public domain was available to them prior to this action - it was after all their information. Thus they (the Home Office) should have known very well that no information breached national security, put any individual at risk or was indeed classified in any way that could do the country damage.

From this it would appear that, although Labour leaks of similar information were prevalent when in opposition, it is not acceptable to cause embarrassment to a party in power.

Could it be we are seeing the thrashings of an administration in disarray to the extent they feel obliged to waste Police time to protect their blushes??

  Stuartli 16:12 16 Apr 2009

It's the usual spin - releasing a potential result just before the actual announcement.

Case of saving face for Jacqui Smith and the Home Office most likely.

  natdoor 21:10 16 Apr 2009

I thought it was more to do with the legality of the method used to obtain the information than whether or not the material breached security regulations.

  Stuartli 00:01 17 Apr 2009

>>But Jacqui Smith is still insisting it was the right thing to do>>

Well she would, wouldn't she?

Perhaps she would care to explain exactly what was her concern and how it involved the possible safety of the public?

  natdoor 12:12 17 Apr 2009

Perhaps the concern is that the method by which the information was obtained could be used in future for acquiring information which may be prejudicial to public safety.

  Stuartli 12:53 17 Apr 2009

The methods used by Damian Green, journalists and those in similar occupations have been in use for many, many decades.

You might not believe it, but they help to expose wrongdoing or dubious practices by those who would prefer them to be kept secret.

  Stuartli 12:58 17 Apr 2009

I should mention that the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer, said that the information made public was "not secret information or information affecting national security."

He added that it was clear that the information which Mr Green had exposed about Home Office blunders and cover-ups was, in fact, in the national interest.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 13:18 17 Apr 2009

'He added that it was clear that the information which Mr Green had exposed about Home Office blunders and cover-ups was, in fact, in the national interest'..it would appear that there is one rule for Government Wallahs and one rule for this nurse when it comes to exposing cover-ups and blunders.......click here or so the baboons running the Nursing and Midwifery Council would have us believe.

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  laurie53 20:17 17 Apr 2009

This can't be right; I find myself in broad agreement with GANDALF <|:-)>

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