...it must be said that the arrest of Damian Green, anti-immigration Tory twit that he is, is an affront to justice, democracy and investigative journalism.
Green may spend his days in a desperate race with Phil Woolas to see who can sound the most hateful towards immigrants (though I do wonder if deep down whether the pair of them are really as anti as they like to make out in pleasing statements for the right-wing press) but his arrest is an appalling act by the state.
The precedent was set when Milton Keynes reporter Sally Murrer was arrested earlier this year. Her alleged crime? To have received information from a police officer. The trial is forthcoming.
If Green is charged with the same offence, just for having been in possession of leaked documents, it effectively means the end for Government leaks, investigative journalism and truly does enforce a police state. It's breathtaking.
So no matter what kind of idiot Green is, and no matter how much I find myself in agreement with the Mail on this one, I have to say it's a very worrying development. Hopefully some good will come of this, not least the end of the legislation in question or at the very least its sudden reappearance to target whistleblowers.
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