Articles tagged: Human rights

Update: Police held no warrant to raid Tory MP’s office

December 3, 2008

The good news is that Jacqui Smith didn’t issue a warrant. The bad news is that Plod didn’t ask for one. Michael Martin, aka Gorbals Mick, embattled Speaker of the UK House of Commons, admitted today that the Police had no warrant to search the office of Tory MP Damian Green. Jill Pay (the first woman to wear the Sergeant-at-Arms’ skirt, black tights and buckled pumps in Parliament’s long history) neither informed the Speaker of the search nor asked whether the police officers were authorised. The implications are damning either... More

You never hear about ‘aiding and abetting misconduct in public office.’ Then twice in the same week…

Coincidentally, the Thames Valley Police case against former police officer Det. Sgt. Mike Kearney, his son and journalists Sally Murrer and Derek Webb collapsed on Friday 28 November, the very day of the Damian Green arrest (Thus passim). Ms. Murrer and associates had been charged 18 months ago under the (no longer) obscure count of ‘aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office,’ by accepting and using information leaked by a civil servant, in this case a police officer. The judge ruled that the defendants had every right to protect... More

UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith walks backwards to 1984

December 1, 2008

The awful events in Mumbai overshadowed a serious breach in democratic principles in the UK on 29 November, 2008. Nine counter terrorist police stormed the Kent home and Westminster offices of Conservative Shadow Minister Damian Green, searched his home, constituency and Westminster offices and detained him under the Official Secrets Act. The MP was bailed after several hours of interrogation on a putative charge of ‘aiding and abetting misconduct in public office.’ David Cameron MP, Leader of the Opposition, immediately decried the actions as ‘heavy-handed’, ‘unnecessary’ ’Stalinesque’ and redolent of... More