The saga continues….
This has annoyed me this story. I am not pro Tory any more than I am anti-police, I like to look at subjects with an open mind and free of political persuasion.
The debarcle that is the Andrew Mitchell affair has gone on,and on and on. Why? What is so complex that it has had two separate enquiries, one of which has gone on since the start of the year? Why not simply strip it to the bone and see it for what it is…
A man, regardless of position has sworn at the police. He shouldn’t have done but he did, same way hundreds do every week. Not a justification but a fact. He should apologise but should not lose his job for it.
The police, incensed at police cuts by the government said man works for have allegedly set about fabricating evidence in the story to get him punished more severley. It is alleged, indeed shown to be true that one serving officer pretended to be a member of the public who heard the argument even though he was nowhere near the incident. He, we are told is too stressed to answer questions.
Mitchell then speaks to three senior officers at a later date to give his version of events, these officers tell the media that he has refused to clarify what he said and should resign or be dismissed. Mitchell had the conversation taped and proved the police were lying. The police enquiry into this originally found evidence of wrong doing by the officers but later changed their mind. The independant police complaints commission found wrong doing by the police and reported the findings. The police then come out against this commission.
In the meantime we are still awaiting the outcome of the main event, the fact that the police lied about the number of people at the time of the incident, the language used and the witnesses involved or not as the case may be.
So this man has lost his job and was demonised by the police, labour and left wing media for a year. The police are now clutching at straws and backing each other to the hilt all because the Tories, who they cannot stand have told them they should face cuts like everyone else.
What the police are guilty of is mixing political bias with legal fact and that is the single most important factor here. Not that they were sworn at, get real. If, as it has been alleged they have fabricated evidence then this is further proof along with the near three hundred statements ‘altered’ from the Hillsborough disaster that the police are out of hand. At a time when further allegations about police knowledge and involvement with Saville it is time for them to be brought into line and made accountable like everyone else.
The police inspectors who lied about the meeting with Mitchell should themselves resign or be fired and their pension priveleges withdrawn.
It’s downright lame of them to keep going back to the ‘brave officers’ line, they discredit the proper Bobby who is honest and brave and don’t deserve to be labelled the same way.