October 15th, 2013

Pleb-gate: Episode 24

The Pleb-gate saga takes another turn today with the IPCC finally weighing in on that meeting between Mitchell and his local Police Federation. Deborah Glass, the deputy chair of the IPCC

“The investigation by West Mercia Police concluded that although the Police Federation undoubtedly contributed to the pressure on Mr Mitchell and his decision to resign, none of the officers had a case to answer for misconduct or gross misconduct. The investigating officer concluded that while the federation representatives’ comments to the media could be viewed as ambiguous or misleading, there was no deliberate intention to lie. I disagree. In my view, the evidence is such that a panel should determine whether the three officers gave a false account of the meeting in a deliberate attempt to support their MPS colleague and discredit Mr Mitchell, in pursuit of a wider agenda. In my opinion the evidence indicates an issue of honesty and integrity, not merely naïve or poor professional judgment.”

A full transcript of the meeting has been published here.

Interestingly Mitchell has not made an official complaint and West Mercia Police still say there is “insufficient evidence” to punish those officers involved.

It rumbles on…


176 Comments

  1. 1
  2. 2
    Confused of North Taunton says:

    Who is saying what and what does MPS stand for?

  3. 3
    St Ockwell says:

    Mitchell is lucky the Police didn’t wrestle him to the ground and fire seven bullets into his head at point blank range

  4. 4
    Police. Police . Police. On the floor NOW says:

    They should have shot him. Killed the story dead.

  5. 5
    Joe Public says:

    So does this indicate that the Police are institutional corrupt ?

    If the police do not discipline the Officers that performed the review that found there was no case to answer – then in my opinion this is a clear indication that the Police are institutional corrupt!

    The police need to get there own house in order.

  6. 6

    If you don’t record every conversation with the police more extended than ‘Sup’, don’t say anything at all.

  7. 7
    Orson Cart says:

    Unfortunately for Plod, they did not know Mr. Mitchell recorded his interview with them, proving he DID cooperate and fully explain what was said at the gate. Proof they lied. The whole sorry episode should be renamed Plodgate.

  8. 8
    Realist says:

    And still they persist, the police and media continue to refer to an ‘abduction’ when there is still absolutely NO evidence that an abduction took place. And now Cameron chips in again.
    What a bunch of incompetents, confirmed by Plebgate.

  9. 9
    Displaced Brummie says:

    How can you tell when a West Mercia police officer is lying to you? Their mouths will be open.

    A more mendacious “fit you up sir?” bunch of rogues it would be hard to find.

  10. 10
    Living in 98.11% white Merseyside says:

    Last year’s news – or was it the year before?

  11. 11
    Dave says:

    I can see some merit in that scenario.

  12. 12
    BBC Labour says:

    Look, we don’t really want to report this even though we gave the story blanket coverage when it was hurting the Tories.

    Can it just go away now? The fuss over Stafford has past, we don’t need the cover any more.

  13. 13
    Orson Cart says:

    No.10 also involved in stitching up Mr. Mitchell, they deliberately withheld CCTV evidence of no crowd at the gate etc.

  14. 14
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    ‘No Comment’ and then saying no further is the safest way to communicate if they are asking you a question and you do not have a lawyer present.

  15. 15
    Political Plod, 999, Letbs Avenue, Londonistan says:

    Political Plod

    courtesy of Labour, Common Purpose and The Milibands who hate Britain.

  16. 16
    Don't make sense to I says:

    How come the scroat PCSO who wanders around town can record everything on camera and sound, while the armed diplomatic protection squad in Downing Street rely on hearsay?

  17. 17
    St D'uggan says:

    Or shoot him in the back of a taxi and botch the evidence by throwing the planted gun too far.

  18. 18
    Political Plod, 999, Letsbe Avenue, Londonistan says:

    Indeed, he had an unseasonably warm looking bicycle.

  19. 19
    a mystery pensioner says:

    I wish that plod would stop trying to fit people up and do some proper arresting of corrupt bastards in public bodies, masons particularly included. thanks

  20. 20
    Labour are rotten to the core says:

    Michael Crick’s investigation revealed it was a total stitch-up. Crooked cops and Labour in cahoots. Let’s not forget Miliwank went against the principle of innocent until proven guilty when he stood up in the house and said Mitchell had called an officer a pleb. He still hasn’t apologised for that slur, which makes me wonder whether there weren’t Labour dirty tricks involved in this whole affair.

  21. 21
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    The civil servants involved most certainly were.

    Dave himself was done up like a kipper by them.

  22. 22
    The Plod says:

    We should have sent him to a Liverpool game.

  23. 23
    REALWORLDER says:

    The BBC had a real problem with this one ,the best answer is to draw a line under it , move on ,and ensure that the lessons are learned!

  24. 24
    Mitch says:

    It seems faily obvious that Mitchell did mouth-off (but not as bad as is claimed) and that the police have ‘sexed’ up their reports and got a couple of mates to back them up, who may not have actually been there.

    I’ve lost interest tbh.

  25. 25
    Grand Master says:

    Boaz.

  26. 26
    Mr & Mrs Lard says:

    MPS:Metropolitan Police Service

  27. 27
    PDubya says:

    The West Mercia police appear to be bigger liars than the Downing Street Plods.
    Mitchell taped the interview FFS and then the copper outside deliberately lied to the press after agreeing on tape inside that Mitchell gave a full account of what happened.

  28. 28
    REALWORLDER says:

    PLEBS that’s just what they are, lying, cowardly,corrupt, thieving plebs, who have been totally politicised by Blairs gang of spivs !

  29. 29

    Ms Glass, we can see through her!

  30. 30
    Palab Gauche says:

    The police are supposed to protect the public but here they are, fitting up a member of the government.

    Nobody is safe.

  31. 31
    Coming to a public building near you says:

    Girls Threatened With Hate Crime Charges For Complaining About Transgender Bathroom Harassment

    http://www.prisonplanet.com/girls-threatened-with-hate-crime-charges-for-complaining-about-transgender-bathroom-harassment.html

  32. 32
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    Cr!ck’s report gave that impression, but it did not prove anything.

    The CCTV footage contradicted claims of people outside the gate (in particular the source of the corroborating emails) and overt aggressive conduct by M’itchell. Absent audio you can only infer by apparent timeline and body language.

    The recorded interview which M!tchell had and the contradictory press briefing given by police federation immediately afterwards does prove that the federation lied to the media and supports the case that their motivation was to protect members of the Met rather than brief on what had taken place in the meeting.

    Recall that at least one off duty Met officer sent a dodgy email in to back up a false sequence of events that officers on the gate wrote a police report on.

    It is the pocketbook recording of events which is crucial here as if they have been falsified also then those officers can and should be prosecuted.

    M’itchell is stuffed anyway as the lawyers conveniently missed deadlines on certain paperwork which effectively made it impossible for him to be reappointed.

    The issue is the apparent collusion of police, civil servants, police federation and media against an ex-cabinet minister and the apparent manipulation of the PM himself by civil service staff.

  33. 33
    a non says:

    If this is Justice and a forerunner of the impending Chilcot Inquiry report it will be final confirmation that as a UK citizen you are totally fcuffed.

  34. 34
    Anonymous says:

    The CCTV evidence that was eventually released, was it released by the FCO??

  35. 35
    You probably hate me for saying it but says:

    Dare I say there should have been their?

  36. 36
    Casual Observer 4 says:

    The US is going full-retard on the PC b’ollocks which has damaged UK culture and society, in particular the LGBT sh!t.

    Could be a good test case here for them.

  37. 37
    Steve Miliband says:

    Does Alistair Campbell do the PR for the Metropolitan Police Service?

  38. 38
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    There is ‘insufficient evidence to punish those officers involved.’ So the Grand Master is involved then, the same line was used in my case when there was also ‘insufficient evidence’ in my sexually assaulting a vulnerable constituent. Boaz Grand Master.

  39. 39
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    Jahbulon Handy, Jahbulon West Mercia Police.

  40. 40
    Tropic Thunder says:

    Never go full retard.

  41. 41
    Lord Stansted says:

    It’s silly to suggest the Police shoot him. He’s not an electrician and he’s not from Brazil.

  42. 42
    Ethel. Purley says:

    Well if one of the thug bastards (Simon Harwood) can murder a man (Ian Tomlinson) in the street in full view of millions of viewers can get away with it what chance is there for getting the truth on this matter?

    The thugs in uniform are nothing more than B LIARS minders, and Cameron hasn’t got the balls to rein them in.

  43. 43
    IPCC says:

    Jahbulon, Boaz Bollocks! Prosecute West Mercia Police!

  44. 44
    Dave your Gay Loving P.M. says:

    Memo. I want transgender rights given complete ascendancy under U.K. law immediately. Why should girls have priority over my favourite lady boys?

  45. 45
    The British Public says:

    I blame the government.

  46. 46
    LB says:

    They are in real problems.

    1. They fitted Mitchel up. Nothing unusual there, not doubt the do it all the time.
    2. They got caught.

    Oh dear. What can they do?

    Confess to fitting up a minister of the crown? Major PR problem. Major problem for the boss who said that they didn’t lie etc. He would have to go. Then there is public trust issue.

    Then there are the back cases. Imagine you were done on the basis of the word of one of the cops involved. What’s your lawyer going to suggest? Yep, retrial, because my client was done on the basis of a liar who fits people up. Irrespective of true guilt or not, you either get innocent people acquited, but also guilty people acquited.

    Then every defence lawyer worth their pay brings it up repeatedly.

  47. 47
    Ed Miliband says:

    To late.

  48. 48
    Ordinary Joe says:

    The Plods have exactly the same moral standards as our corrupt lying LibLabConner politicians.

  49. 49
    The British Public says:

    I agree. Disband the police and start again.

  50. 50
    Aardvark says:

    Its a bit Stalinistic isn’t it.

    Running dog capitalist brought down by the brave soldiers of a new Marxist tomorrow.

    What’s next?

    A show trial where he’s forced to admit he’s a spy?

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    The elected representatives need to get the police in order.

    They created the monstrosity so they need to show how to get it to behave when it is clearly more powerful than them.

    Yes the police are institutionally corrupt. But so are all groups hidden from public scrutiny. If they spent more time with the public they would not get so extreme in their views, and would actually hear real intelligence.

  52. 52
    Problem says:

    They rarely make the semi final these days

  53. 53
    They want you, they want you They want you as a new recruit says:

  54. 54
    David Camer'wrongun says:

    I do love a man in a uniform. Especially when I can see their bobbies helmet.

  55. 55
    Ex says:

    The Downing street coppers are there not just for security but to facilitate the smooth passage of members of government and their staff.
    What happened is some lazy cop couldn’t be arsed to open the gate and Mitchell has had a bit of a whinge.
    The real crime has been some little toad(No doubt a new age PC PC) has gone to the press and made a big deal of it.
    In my day we would have either opened the gate or kept our mouth shut about the whinge hoping our skipper wouldn’t find out.

  56. 56
    Aardvark says:

    He was pushed over and died by accident in the middle of a riot by Marxist thugs.

    Calm down dear and try not to be hysterical.

  57. 57
    Ordinary Joe says:

    Avoid any contact with Plod. Do not assist them in any way.

  58. 58
    OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT says:

    Roll on 2015. Get Gaymoron out of No.10

  59. 59
    court clerk says:

    Are you suggesting here that 12 civilians (the jury) in Harwood’s were somehow complicit in his case?

    idiot

  60. 60
    Plod says:

    Running around with a Heckler & Koch makes me semi

  61. 61
    BBC says:

    We had to mention this on the lunchtime news, but by this evening we’ll drop it for ‘cat stuck up tree in East Timor.’

  62. 62
    Juvenalian Precariat says:

    What’s wrong with calling some one a Pleb?

    We are living in a Plutocracy after all.

  63. 63
    Robert Peel (probably turning in hs grave) says:

    1. The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
    2. The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.
    3. Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
    4. The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
    5. Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
    6. Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.
    7. Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
    8. Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
    9. The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

  64. 64
    A nincumpoop says:

    I’ve just read the minutes.

    Presumably those three plods will lose their pensions as well?

  65. 65
    More Tea Vicar says:

    Has Dave come out? That would explain his preoccupation with all things gay.

  66. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Especially when he was clearly not under any command at the time. Why was he not with anyone else, and why walk off in a different direction to the others.

    Look at the long video, you can catch him by his unusual attire. Why was he dressed so differently?

  67. 67
    Bob Fleming says:

    This LGBT stuff is everywhere nowadays, anyone would think they made up more than .0003% of the general population

  68. 68
    as I was proceeding in an easterly direction.. says:

    he was kippered by plod

  69. 69
    Dame Diane says:

    I’ve been breathlessly trying to justify the much maligned police on this issue and will continue to do so. Of course our police and the labour partisan BBC and civil service are socialist scum – but that;s what you voted for. You knew Blair was a lying Hunt, that Brown was a financial idiot. You voted for us to turn the world upside down and we achieved WHAT YOU LABOUR VOTING turds wanted.

  70. 70
    Realist says:

    Quite probably, they are no longer the twelve good men and true you know, particularly in Londonistan.

  71. 71
    equal opportunity accusers.. says:

    or gay

  72. 72
    drop 'em blossom says:

    or mistake his paper for a chair leg and then shoot him

  73. 73
    The BBC says:

    I see the Clangers are back.

  74. 74
    Stephen Cry Fry says:

    It’s because they make up 30% of the BBC population

  75. 75
    Diane Abbott is fat says:

    The so-called witness later admitted to Crick he didn’t witness anything.

  76. 76
    Pat for Prime Minister says:

  77. 77
    subsection 7a says:

    get a grip

  78. 78
    Big Ben says:

    If Mitchell had come out with what he did say to Mr Plod, then all this speculation of what he said or didn’t say, would not be around or was it really profane and derogatory and Mitchell dare not say what he DID say, unless he genuinely cannot remember for various reasons, I will not say what, but Guido did mention something.

  79. 79
    Man says:

    Or,” are you detaining me”, “am I free to go”
    and the most important, “I do not consent”
    “I do not answer questions” “Am I obliged to
    answer that question” “What crime has been
    committed for you to detain me, am I free to go”

    You are the Master, They are the public Servents

    YOU ask the questions……never get into answering
    their questions

  80. 80
    Realist says:

    You mean a McBoaz conspiracy?. Quite probably, it’s certainly the only logical explanation for the astonishing non professionalism of the media and police.

  81. 81
    The Clangers will have to reflect the BBC's world view says:

    Complete with a Red Cross soup dragon.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    I do not understand the loss of pensions.

    I understand punishment by law. If it is the case that a court can take away their pension then OK. But who signs up for a conditional pension? Having the ability to trade a pension to avoid punishment is just corrupt in itself.

    Why not just have proper punishment for the crime they commit. That would be a bigger deterrent.

  83. 83
    Big Ben says:

    Mitchell is a trained killer, he was in the army you know

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    Have you be threatened by the Police? Has an angry inspector shouted at you on the phone to stop you trying to report a crime by the police.

    Only then can you call someone and idiot.

  85. 85
    Laurie Penny says:

    All Tory MP’s are rapists.

  86. 86
    A nincumpoop says:

    Then try harder to understand.

  87. 87
    Owen Jones says:

    I’M GAY

  88. 88
    Man says:

    I disagree, sack the the top brass, promote good honest
    men, we all know in any organisation they exist, and
    get rid of ACPO (a private limited company)

  89. 89
    Big Ben says:

    Just a thought, you would have thought there were microphones all over the place in Downing Street, so why weren’t they being used or monitored?

  90. 90
    subsection 7a says:

    whereas ukip of course are paragons of virtue … don’t laugh

  91. 91
    subsection 7a says:

    not nice … up your meds

  92. 92
    Socialism is social poison says:

    “But I will go farther. I declare to you, from the bottom of my heart, that no Socialist system can be established without a political police. Many of those who are advocating Socialism or voting Socialist to-day will be horrified at this idea. That is because they are short-sighted, that is because they do not see where their theories are leading them.” Winston Churchill 1945.

  93. 93
    Crime Watch says:

    the cops probably had a grudge. Opening the gates for some toff when they could be in the Algarve checking out the Tapas bars.

  94. 94
    Socialism is social poison says:

    +1

    The rot is coming from the top, thirteen years of putting Labour cronies and stooges in positions of power. That said, Cameron, by failing to root them out, is tacitly supporting the corruption.

  95. 95
    BBC says:

    They no longer live underground, but in Occupy© Tents*

    Available from BBC Merchandising.

  96. 96
    When Molehills become Mountains says:

    Yep it should have gone no further than the gate.

  97. 97
    Hunt....The Bottomleys says:

    Just remembered

    In my day they sold useless vending machines. But sold them well!

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    But when you play the CCTV tape, there isn’t enough time for the conversation which the plod recorded in their pocketbooks to have taken place.

  99. 99
    Facts not opinions please says:

    Statistics show most rapists are Labour voters.

  100. 100
    Taken to the Cleaners says:

    Cable is just a tad naïve. Asking the bankers to name their price could only have one result.

  101. 101
    Tonight's Referee says:

    You are offside unless you put up a better argument than Anonymous.

  102. 102
    Gay is now a Verbotten hate crime word says:

    Will Young Calls For End To ‘Gay’ As School Slur

    The singer says the use of the insult in schools is a “crisis” and is working with ministers and charities to clamp down on it.

    http://news.sky.com/story/1153908/will-young-calls-for-end-to-gay-as-school-slur

  103. 103
    Dumbfounded says:

    Mendacious PigSwill

  104. 104
    National Enquirer says:

    Is there a Youtube of that?

  105. 105
    The Wheels of Justice turn ever so slowly.. says:

    Why does it take a year for Plod to realise they lied? The evidence was their, and anyone with more that two half dead brain cells could have realised that the tape did not agree with their lying statement.
    We live in dangerous times, when corrupt Police can even fit up Government Ministers.
    This is Treason by any other name.
    Get some balls Cameron, get them to court. Clean up the corrupt practices.
    If Ministers can be jailed about lying over speeding points, what makes this different?
    If anything it is worse, an attempt to bring a Government down.

  106. 106
    Incapable Vince, deputy Chief Cockroach says:

    I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ROYAL MAIL

  107. 107
    But says:

    Abduction = jolly

    Murder = Case left open = no jolly

    What would most do?

  108. 108

    Here is the most extraordinary thing: the Government say that I practise class war, and they go around calling people plebs. Can you believe it?

  109. 109
    Lord Stansted says:

    The BBC have real problems with most things – Savile, climate, politics, science, class, work, the arts, education, etc., etc., etc.

  110. 110
    Man says:

    ….The lessons are never learned, thats why events are
    always repeated, a proper investigation needs to happen
    as to who orchestrated this and bring them to book….

  111. 111
    un-fucking-believable says:

    “California became the first U.S. state to mandate by law the right of girls and boys to choose which bathroom they would use regardless of their gender “

  112. 112
    REALWORLDER says:

    How about nancy boy poofter, now thats more like it!

  113. 113
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    +1

  114. 114
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    What I cannot understand is that if this Mr Mitchell has behaved impeccably as is becoming a Cabinet Minister then what has he apologised for exactly ?

    It gives me no great confidence that this trivial matter cannot be cleared up without all this nonsense.

    It make me wonder why we bother paying taxes.

  115. 115
    JH294092340923 says:

    That nearly covers the losses in energy companies directly attributable to Red Ed’s idiotic policy ramblings about freezing prices that he caused to rise with his idiotic watermelon bullshit.

  116. 116
    Anonymous says:

    Err except the filth lied and said they’d had no contact with Tomlinson whatsoever, and no doubt would have continued to lie until a video from a member of the public proved otherwise.

  117. 117
    plodman says:

    Enjoy the weather in Portugal of course.

  118. 118
    agendabuster says:

    If the police were “…in pursuit of a wider agenda…”, what was it?

  119. 119
    Anonymous says:

    If you didn’t say what you have been accused of saying, why not say what you did say?

    I don’t think so!

  120. 120
    Mornington Crescent says:

    So, you’re gay.

    Get over it.

  121. 121
    Anonymous says:

    UKIP are not in Parliament- the others are

  122. 122
    Zlyth says:

    Ken MacKail was quick to call Mitchell to resign. Maybe he should be considering his position!

  123. 123
    Curly says:

    Better ask Mr Putin if he can spare half a dozen or so…

  124. 124
    Mornington Crescent says:

    He apologised for getting a bit irritable with one of the plods on the gate and audibly muttering “I thought you were here to f####ng help us” – it’s on the recording of his meeting with West Mercia plods.

  125. 125
    Bob Fleming says:

    or ‘trouser ferret’

  126. 126
    Lefty default response gland says:

    WACIST! Daily Mail reader! Little Englander! Populist! Milk snatcher! Etc!

  127. 127
    JH394823094801233 says:

    The usual agenda of the worse-than-useless-eater-class.

    That is, tacit support for the party that promises to spunk the most other-peoples-money into the already bloated public sector of which they are a part.

  128. 128
    A nincumpoop says:

    Because that’s what the majority want. I’ve counted.

  129. 129
    Anonymous says:

    Yes, and he has still got loads of Tshirts to shift as well.

  130. 130
    Anonymous says:

    Well, the one who wrote to his MP saying tourists were visibly shocked obviously wasnt there, as shown on CCTV.Do the Met think it will just go away ? Bernard seems next to useless.

  131. 131
    Anonymous says:

    To me the Pleb side of things doesnt ring true, it is just what i imagine the lads saying down the canteen when laughing at “posh” MPs.A chief whip ex, Army etc— no.

  132. 132
    Anonymous says:

    How can they say that when Channel 4 provided the evidence to the contrary ?WTF has happened to the Police ?

  133. 133
    Anonymous says:

    To be honest, if Police officers have the vapours over a few rude words they are in the wrong job.

  134. 134
    Anonymous says:

    Why didnt anybody explain why the timings have been wrong for the last 6 years ?

  135. 135
    Anonymous says:

    His nephew (who was also visibly shocked) is 22.

  136. 136
    Anonymous says:

    I thought it was odd how mouthy his relatives were considering he was in a Hostel at the time as well, comp i suppose.

  137. 137
    Anonymous says:

    But they were Diplomatic protection squad, surely they dont sehd them out around the pubs on a saturday night !

  138. 138
    Anonymous says:

    Do you need it spelling out Agenda ?

  139. 139
    you there says:

    To be honest, the Police on the ground did not have the vapours. They recorded for their own protection the rant of an MP. Who did what with that record may have had the vapours. Also it is interesting to note that the whole focus is now in the police federation meeting and the media statements by them. Where is the `who said what at the time bit`. Lost in the hate fest towards the federation. It stinks even more than it did.

  140. 140
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Was it only last year that Ed Miliband claimed that Mitchell was toast?

    http://news.sky.com/story/998799/andrew-mitchell-miliband-says-hes-toast

  141. 141
    The Anglo Saxon says:

    Policemen lying, MP’s lying, Heavens above, we will have immigrants lying to us soon, Oh they already are.

    God help us, Whom can you trust these days.

    “Mum, is Dad really my father, Of course he is dear”

  142. 142
    Cinna says:

    Not in this country.

  143. 143
    Hugh Jend says:

    Any footage of minipenis supporting Plod?

  144. 144
    Anon says:

    It’s pretty clear that Mitchell was set-up. The investigation by Michael Crick was pretty conclusive.

    I’m staggered (and more than a little worried) that no one in the Police has been punished for this.

  145. 145
    Anon says:

    They’re prob too busy covering the news that Unite have been fiddling £2m of taxes…. Actually, I just checked and I can’t see it anywhere on their coverage.

    What a surprise…

  146. 146
    Anonymous says:

    And when did the police discard their uniforms for the combat gear? They no longer look like the police, they look like any of the other thugs on the street.

    It’s yet another attempt to intimidate Joe Public.

  147. 147
    Bonar Law says:

    Deborah Glass is deputy chairwoman of the IPCC, not its “deputy chair”. Cut out the PC language, Guido.

  148. 148
    Zlyth says:

    I think Miliband should be apologising to Mitchell as well for using his stitch up as political capital.

  149. 149
    Anon says:

    Good point. Too often politicians (esp. those on the centre-right, for some reason) act in ways that are incredibly naive. Good on Mr Mitchell for showing some street smarts!

  150. 150
    Political Plod, 666 Letsbe Ave etc says:

    +1

    it’s a chav’s wet dream about how a ‘toff’ would abuse them

  151. 151
    Political Plod, 666 Letsbe Ave etc says:

    +1

    The Common Purpose virus needs purging from all our institutions.

  152. 152
    Political Plod, 666 Letsbe Ave etc says:

    No.

    Plod have since admitted he was hit in the back (i.e. the kidneys) with a truncheon at least once.

  153. 153
    Political Plod, 666 Letsbe Ave etc says:

    “The 45-year-old had admitted striking Mr Tomlinson with his baton and pushing him to the ground”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/9547793/PC-Simon-Harwood-sacked-over-death-of-Ian-Tomlinson.html

  154. 154
    kok gwan says:

    The paramilitary look is *in* ducky.

  155. 155
    Real stats for real twats says:

    2% actually ducky

  156. 156
    Dikshun 'Arry says:

    Ban “gay” and the new word will be along as quick as you can say “what a fucking pointless waste of time”.

  157. 157
    Socialism is hypocrisy says:

    Calling someone a “toff” is ok, but “pleb” is verboten.

  158. 158
    Anonymous says:

    We also have a member of the Diplomatic protection squad (God help us if this lot are an example) e mailing his MP masquerading as a member of the public and saying he and his nephew were visibly shocked by the altercation. To be honest the Police federation come out of this very badly, whose bright idea were the T shirts and cufflinks ?

  159. 159
    Socialism is hypocrisy says:

    Sack a Tory.

  160. 160
    Anonymous says:

    Good one Andrew !

  161. 161
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    I totally agree. Jahbulon.

  162. 162
    Anonymous says:

    Do you seriously want that opportunistc slimeball Milliband as PM ?

  163. 163
    Anonymous says:

    They were whinging about pay (as usual) at the time this happened !

  164. 164
    Bardirect says:

    A point which hasn’t really been articulated is that these 3 “officers” can NEVER be regarded as credible witness in ANY criminal case from now on. Its not usually possible to confront police witnesses with previous wrongdoing error or misfeasance but this is now in the public domain. Their superior officers who have condoned their conduct are now tainted too. And if they do it in such high profile cases what hopes has the ordinary law abiding citizen?

  165. 165
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Just had a thought. This would not have anything to do with the defacto takeover of West Mercia Police by Warwickshire Police, would it?

    Warwickshire Police officers are already jackbooting their way through West Mercia operations, so it wouldn’t do for their officers to be seen to be attempting to destabilise the elected government, would it?

  166. 166
    Displaced Brummie says:

    You make a good point. They have char-grilled their goose.

  167. 167
    Lord Duckhouse of Pondlife says:

    He should have his position considered for him. What he said outside that meeting bore no resemblance to what actually took place – just as well AM took the advice he was given and recorded it.

  168. 168
    (That's enough Eds, Ed!) says:

    Shoot!………………………………….Shoot!

  169. 169
    I have every confidence in our justice system says:

    Mitchell: What’s all this officer?
    Plod: Think yerself lucky ya not a f^cking Brazilian.

  170. 170
    Vote for cVnts you get cVnts! says:

    I blame the British Public.

  171. 171
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Ban Will Young and the crisis is over!

  172. 172
    Anon says:

    To be honest it’s made me look at Police statements in other cases in a whole new light. If the police are willing to lie, lie and lie again to set up Mitchell, you have to believe that they wouldn’t think twice if it was you or I.

  173. 173
    Anon says:

    And fighting much-needed modernisation.

  174. 174
    Bradley Wiggins says:

    Mitchell is a jumped up prick with an exagerrated opinion of himself. Open double gates to let a cyclist out who could use the side gate without any fuss?
    Who or what the hell does he think he is? Remember his past escapades in Government. Wants serious investigation this one.

  175. 175
    prick deflater says:

    But wasnt he demanding they open the double gates to let his eminence and his bike thru?

  176. 176
    Mr Weetabix (and NSA) says:

    They wouldn’t think at all. Look at what happened to a middle aged news agent who didn’t move out of the way fast enough.


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