Regrettably, it has become blatantly obvious that the police have been asked to show their gratitude to the government for the huge number of goodies they have been promised in the Policing Bill. This Bill will remove many of the inconvenient human rights which hamper the way they can treat potential suspects.
Suddenly the police demanded that the potentially damaging Sue Gray report be watered down or edited to protect their long awaited investigation. Why? Who benefits?
Strangely, despite the threat of legal action, the Metropolitan Police had up until recently refused to investigate Downing Street parties. Then Boris Johnson must have realised that Civil Service investigator Sue Gray had strong evidence of wrong-doing and he could be in the firing line.
Now, despite their previous reluctance, the proposed Metropolitan Police investigation will kick the detailed ‘Partygate’ investigation into the long grass, for weeks ahead.
Bearing in mind the police will only give out a few fines for the alleged offences, perhaps £10,000 at most, just a smack on the wrist, it makes much more sense to get to the root of the problem now, and publish the report in full.
The British people need to be given the full facts, so everyone, including the Tory Party, can draw a line under this unedifying series of elitist, alcohol-fuelled escapades. This partying shows a total lack of respect and empathy for the ordeals many ordinary people were suffering when keeping to the rules.
Any other solution would show the police to be simply the government’s tame lap-dogs, to be used to hush up inconvenient problems.
The government must be held to account! We are not a police state, run for the convenience of the police and shifty politicians!
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Ed: The Sue Gray report has since been published but heavily redacted. However it does condemn the “… excessive consumption of alcohol [which] is not appropriate in a professional work place at any time”.
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