Ar­rest of our MP raises num­ber of se­ri­ous is­sues

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

DAMIAN Green has never been the sort of politi­cian to court at­ten­tion, pre­fer­ring to go about his busi­ness as a con­stituency MP and shadow im­mi­gra­tion min­is­ter in a quiet, un­showy fash­ion. But his ar­rest last week over a se­ries of leaks from the Home Of­fice – and the fren­zied de­bate that fol­lowed it – has pro­pelled him fur­ther into the na­tional spot­light than he would prob­a­bly pre­fer. Like it or not, Ash­ford’s MP looks as if he will be at the eye of this par­tic­u­lar po­lit­i­cal storm for a while longer. The de­bate con­tin­ues to rage over whether the ac­tions of the Metropoli­tan Po­lice in raid­ing his homes and offices sig­nal a move to­wards a po­lice state or, as Home Sec­re­tary Jac­qui Smith in­sists, were part of a le­git­i­mate in­quiry free from gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence. From what we do know about the case, the ac­tions of the Met Po­lice ap­pear a lit­tle heavy­handed in the cir­cum­stances and do raise se­ri­ous is­sues. But a proper judge­ment can­not be made un­til the in­quiry is con­cluded. There is a dan­ger of the case be­ing swamped in hys­ter­i­cal claim and counter-claim be­fore there has been a chance to com­plete the le­gal process. In the mean­time, Damian Green says he is keen to get back to busi­ness as usual. We sus­pect that won’t be easy but wish him the best of luck.

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