The clueless Tom Harper (photo thanks to Jack Mirkinson (@jackmirkinson))
Here, it seemed, was an ideal opportunity for Harper to put his derided broadcast appearance behind him, and do some proper old-fashioned investigative journalism, the kind of thing for which his paper was renowned - well, before Creepy Uncle Rupe got his hands on the title, that is. “Police watchdog investigator ‘in Lawrence cover-up’” read yesterday’s headline. So what was the story?
However, and here we encounter a significantly sized however, the story of Roy Clarke’s evidence to the Macpherson inquiry is not a new one. It was covered comprehensively by the Bellingcat site, which promotes citizen investigative journalism, last month. Harper cites former Met Commissioner John Stevens as failing to provide full information to Macpherson. This is at the top of the Bellingcat report.