Very rarely is the great British public allowed to see our leaders in the raw; in a position where their words and actions can be taken for what they are and not for what they want us to hear or see. Andrew Mitchell`s outburst was just such an action. Anger is a primeval emotion and the swearing that often accompanies it inflates an already adrenalin inflated body. That is why those who continue to swear at police officers after being told to desist will be arrested before their anger leads to violence. Andrew Mitchell revealed his true self if the words recorded in police notebooks are to be believed and I believe them. This true self holds himself above the level of a common cop doing his job.
It seems that the Cabinet Secretary is not going to order an inquiry. No surprises there then; he is covering his master`s back. The Superintendents` Association is calling for an investigation into the whole business. Heaven only knows what pressures are being placed upon the police officers whose integrity by default has been impugned. But the attitude of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner who is supposed to be apolitical…..who believes that?...........is rather odd. He has ordered an investigation into how the contents of the officers` notebooks reached the Sun. But he too is not going to make further inquiries [so we are led to believe] into the substantive matter. After the recently revealed scandals including the revelations at the Levison Inquiry one would have thought that the Met in particular would want to demonstrate that all its laundry is white and clean hanging out to dry. But “yes Prime Minister”, whilst there is no smell there is an unpleasant whiff in the air.
The police officer`s log reported today in The Telegraph adds fat to the political fire