Arrest of our MP raises number of serious issues
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.