Green fingers

November 27, 2008 at 10:16 pm | Posted in British Politics, Conservative Party | Leave a comment

Now this is just silly. Does it really take nine counter-terrorism officers to arrest one Shadow Immigration Minister? Did they have trouble figuring out how to use his home’s electric gates, or something? Or were they worried he might resist arrest by barricading himself in with piles of briefing papers, boxes of blue rosettes and old “Back Boris” election tat? Well, at least they’ve now taken to nicking politicians during business hours, unlike the awful dawn raid they pulled on that aide to Tony Blair.

The arrest follows a series of leaks to the Conservatives about Government policy, including a sensitive memorandum from the Home Office’s most senior official on crime figures earlier this month.


Green has been arrested after obtaining leaked Whitehall documents. Police searched his family home and his office in the House of Commons.

Of course, Mr Green hasn’t even been charged with anything yet, so he’s innocent until proven otherwise, etc etc. Nonetheless, I did find this bit funny:

In February this year, Mr Green criticised the Government over leaked documents at the Home Office.

He said: “Ministers like to talk tough about cracking down on employers but it is clear that the system is failing in our most sensitive buildings. What makes this even worse is that ministers’ first instinct was to cover it up.”

In other words: “all unauthorised Government leaks are just disgraceful, unless I get my hands on them first”.

Update: Much like David Cameron intends to break out the Tammy Wynette and Stand By His Man, I stand fully behind the godawful punning in the post title. I think the occasion merits a little silliness.


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