Police Union Sweating

Paul McKeever, the rent-a-rozzer head of the Police Federation has told the BBC this afternoon that he would be “first in queue to apologise” if Mitchell has “been done a calumny.” Which reminded Guido of what the very same police union were saying during the autumn:

“Members of the West Midlands Police Federation said Andrew Mitchell had “no option but to resign”, following a meeting with the chief whip. They said Mr Mitchell repeated a “profound apology with feeling” but continued to deny using the words attributed to him during an outburst at police officers outside Number 10. This meant his position had become “untenable”, they said.”

Apparently he now feels “we can all say we can do things better” when asked about his aggressive campaign to decapitate the former Chief Whip. Guido isn’t sure it’s going to be that easy for the militant union, if Mitchell does eventually vindicate himself…

Former Home Secretary Kenneth Baker on the Daily Politics:

“The police must be above politics in our country. The Police Federation decided to become a lobbying, an extremely aggressive lobbying body, determined to get a minister – a Cabinet minister – because they were very opposed to what the Home Secretary is doing looking into their pay, pensions and early retirement.”

Two Faced Chuka’s Christmas Message

If you take a stroll  past Chuka Umunna’s constituency office in Streatham today, you are greeted by this message:

And where is their saviour when you need him?

His villa in Ibiza perhaps? 

No, in fact he’s hosting another one of his parties tonight for media types instead of being there for his constituents. The only problem is that it seems not many of them want to go and the city agency that Umunna has outsourced running his party to are starting to flap:

That’s what happens when you try to be all things to all people…

Godless Guardian Mentions Christmas

Times are tough, so a simple recycled number from the Guardian this year, though they seem very optimistic about an “even better 2013” inside. They managed to get the C-word in at least.

See, Mitchell Loves Coppers Really

Interesting day for Andrew Mitchell to do a walk around his local police station.

Pics via Mail

Watch Patten Crack Up Over Mark Thompson

Chris Patten’s extraordinary response to Miles Goslett’s question over Mark Thompson’s integrity shows a man on the verge of cracking under the pressure. Why did Thompson say he had never heard any allegations against Jimmy Savile if he signed off the crucial Sunday Times letter threatening legal action for the suggestion he did? And why wouldn’t Patten be drawn on the subject? The Pollard Report found that “it is clear that Mr Thompson did approve the sending of the letter”, putting the New York Times CEO, and his massive BBC pension, in an awkward position to say the least. The contempt Patten clearly holds for the hack who blew the whole story open is very telling…

Second Mitchell Case Arrest

Ello, Ello, Ello. The Met have nicked another person in connection to the Mitchell case. A 23 year old man was arrested last Thursday for “intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an indictable offence.” He’s not a copper…

Blow for Internet Freedom

Claire Perry and Paul Dacre’s plan to censor the internet by putting up mandatory firewalls is back on. Despite expert advice saying it is a waste of time and civil liberties groups hammering their keyboards, the numbers in the crucial mothers polling group must be telling No. 10 something. Taking to the Mail today, Dave says:

“…with our new system, every parent will be prompted to protect their child online. If they don’t make choices, protection will be automatically on. No other Government has taken such radical steps before. And once all this is in place, Britain will have the most robust internet child protection measures of any country in the world – bar none.

To get all this underway, I have appointed Claire Perry MP to be my adviser on preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood. Claire is a passionate campaigner for internet safety and mother of three. Her job will be to see this through, to get internet companies on board, to do what it takes to protect children and young people online.All this comes back to something really important. It’s not just about the internet, or modern technology – it’s about childhood.”

She finally gets that long conveted promotion then. Presumably the new filter would block kids searching about Perry’s more passionate moments?

LibDems Bungle Briefing, Again

The LibDem strategy to distance themselves from their coalition partners rumbles on. It’s not subtle at the best of times, but it’s probably a good idea to check you don’t send out your notes in the subject line of a press release:

From: Rob Banks [mailto:Rob.Banks@local.gov.uk]
Sent: 19 December 2012 16:25
To: Rob Banks
Subject: FW: Sending this imminently….. Amended as requested – and toned down on Pickles (on Paul’s request)

LGA Liberal Democrat Group
News Release

Speaking on the Local Government Settlement, Cllr Paul Tilsley, Lib Dem Finance spokesperson at the LGA said:

“It would have been a lot worse if it hadn’t been for the Lib Dems in government.

Smooth…



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