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December 3rd, 2008

Duplicitous, Moi?

Posted in The Job - General by 200

How can Gordon Brown look at himself in the mirror in the morning? Or, the government have got a fucking cheek, haven’t they?

A party who relied on leaks during all the wilderness years in opposition, & even boasted about it on TV (Mr Brown) now can’t thin of a bad word to say abut the way the police have handled the arrest of an opposition MP & civil servant who leaked information which made them look like a bunch of numpties.

Does anyone really believe that the Labour Party/government had absolutely nothing to do with the whole affair, nor any knowledge of it? They must, for sure, think that the public are a bunch of numpties & can’t see through their duplicity.

We haven’t fared particularly well this week when it comes to dealing with cases of leakage of information. Detective Sergeant Mark Kearney & a journalist, Sally Murrer were found not guilty for ‘misconduct in a public office’ after they were charged with the offence relating to Ms Murrer writing stories in the press supplied to her by the detective.

You may remember DS Kearney, he was the officer who questioned the authority to bug a conversation in prison between an MP & a suspected terrorist. He found himself on the wrong end of an investigation for leaking stories to the local press in the Thames Valley Police area. As a result the police bugged his car to record conversations between him & the journalist. Twenty hours of recordings were made & Mr Kearney’s son was also charged after telling the press that Thames Valley Police had lost the keys to one of its stations. Hardly the stuff of espionage. The police raided Kearney’s house & those of his friends & seized their belongings.

The judge at the trial described the information leaked as completely trivial & criticised the police for their intrusive surveillance into what was basically a trivial matter. The case, estimated to have cost £1million, was thrown out at court. The relevant stories were revealed at the appeal hearing as local news which posed no threat to national security and in some cases was already in the public domain.

Certain similarities are developing. The information leaked to Damian Green was nothing to do with national security or terrorism; it was stuff which the public probably has the right to know & which would cause the government nothing more than embarrassment.

The police, or the people who make decisions within the police, need to learn that not everything reported to them is a police matter and it is quite proper to advise people to deal with incidents like this within their own discipline regulations and not through the criminal law. That cuts from government right down to front line, every day, policing.