Friday, 28 November 2008

A knock in the night

This silly man, who happens to be Conservative spokesman for immigration, was held by the police for nine hours because they suspected him of leaking classified Home Office documents. Now he has the temerity to complain. What hypocricy! There is a genuine public purpose in keeping sensitive material confidential. It is done to protect state secrets and - sometimes - industrial and county documents too. We have laws about data protection. We rightly punish those who offend. Damien Green's action was foolhardy. He richly deserved the arrival of nine armed officers at his home. Other MPs might choose to reflect on this incident and wonder when their door bell will next ring.

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