One lesson to be learnt from both the G20 policing fallout and Smeargate is that of honesty: dissembling and dodging doesn’t work and sooner or later you’ll get rumbled. And with the immediacy of all those cameras and blogs, the chances are that it will be sooner.
As to the corollary – the following up of coming clean with at least saying sorry – that seems to be lacking in both cases. I know that Pa Broon won’t want to look as if he’s being pushed around by the Tories, but it still looks bad.
And if there is any more bad news in the Downing Street closet, and the government thinks it can sit on it and hope the mob will move on, they’re just plain flat wrong.
You have been warned.