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News and Comment December 2012

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19 December (Part 1) - Police story unravels

The police allegation against the former Government Chief Whip, Andrew Mitchell, has begun to unravel and he has said the revelations “shaken my lifelong support and confidence in the police”. Join the club Andrew; the data provided to me by recent police letters regarding Bexley council’s obscene blog doesn’t stack up either. Just a small example…

They reveal that the Metropolitan Police Intelligence Bureau when asked to look for the blog’s source IP (Internet Protocol) address initially said that “no source could be identified” but on being given additional information (viz. a corrected date) replied positively to Bexleyheath police who reported that “sufficient information was received”. All of this on or before 23rd October 2011.

A new document in my possession assures me that the investigation has been “expeditious” and an older one records that the decision to apply for a search warrant for councillor Craske’s Sidcup address was taken on or about 30th May 2012. One might wonder why it should have taken seven months to act on an IP address. A strange interpretation of the word expeditious. Probably the “political interference” will have had something to do with it.

When the police and a politician meet head on it’s a tough call to pick the liar. In the Mitchell case as my friends know, I said the police were up to no good. I should have put a bet on it.


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