Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Helping the police with their enquiries

No, not Buttons in the King's Theatre Christmas Panto, but an officer of the Crown, Serjeant at Arms in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen - an official of the House of Commons. It seems Mrs Pay, an appointment of Michael Martin, Speaker of the House of Commons may well have taken the rap for a lack of Parliamentary cojones in allowing Plod to search the offices and computers of Damian Green, MP. Alas, a career civil servant is always likely to crumble before the constabulary as they gad about getting more and more politicised.

Perhaps Speaker Martin's hubristic mistake was being so chippy that he sacked the previous incumbent, Major General Peter Grant Peterkin for not being gritty and working-class enough. Unluckily for Mr Martin, I suspect a retired general (Ampleforth, Sandhurst, Queen's Own Highlanders) would have had more nous than to sign a piece of paper thrust under his nose by the rozzers. Further, I suspect Maj Gen Peterkin would still have enough independence, bred of the institutions that formed him, to tell Knacker of the Yard exactly where he could go. In the nicest possible way, of course

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