Ultimately, not all the whitewash in B&Q would save him: Damian Grope, Ashley Madison non-member and female party goer toucher-upper with special responsibility for legal threats has been “forced to resign”, or, to put it in plain English, sacked from the Government. That much was bad enough: what was worse was the dishonesty, the bullying, the double standards, and the execrable press behaviour.
That's right Sir, both hands where we can see them
Green claimed he had no knowledge of the porn that had been found on his workplace computer. But it was shown that he had. So we were told he had “misled” others, including the Prime Minister, rather than that he had lied to cover his tracks. He could, like Michael Fallon, have owned up and gone, saving everyone the trouble. But instead, he engaged bullying mode and retained the services of Kingsley, Napley.
The account given by Kate Maltby of Green’s “inappropriate behaviour” has been found by the inquiry into the affair to have been “plausible”, which is code for her having given an honest account of herself. For this, she was monstered and derided by the press, and particularly by the legendarily foul mouthed Paul Dacre and his obedient hackery at the Daily Mail, who should hang their heads in shame, but aren’t big enough to do so.
Readers were served up “One very pushy lady: Kate Maltby's dad is a banker who dated Ann Widdecombe, and a family friend of the minister she accuses of touching her knee. ANDREW PIERCE profiles a woman determined to make it in politics - whatever the cost”. Where is Pierce’s apology this morning? He’s a worm. There won’t be one.
The repellent non-persona of Glenda Cattia Maxima Jan Moir, author of the infamous Stephen Gately hatchet job, told her long-suffering readers “Oh please, Kate, spare us the poor little me act: JAN MOIR says journalist is one of a group of young women making a big fuss about nothing very much”. She, too, won’t be saying sorry. It’s not the Mail’s way.
Even this morning, the Mail cannot resist the temptation to deflect and blame others, with its front page headline moaning “PM furious at Commons raid and Police leaks that led to his downfall … WHAT A SAD WAY TO GO”. Compare and contrast with the Guardian’s “Green sacked after admitting he lied” and the Mirror’s “MAY AXES HER DEPUTY OVER PORN LIES”. It wasn’t the cops’ fault. It was Green’s. End of story.
The Dacre worms who won't be apologising - Andrew Pierce ...
There is nothing “sad” about weaselling out of doing the right thing and hoping someone will wipe your backside instead. There’s nothing honourable about retaining the services of expensive lawyers just to put the press pack off the scent. And there’s nothing remotely decent about sitting back and watching as the reputation of the young woman who had the guts to stand up and be counted is trashed by the Dacre boot boys on your behalf.
... and Jan Moir
When Damian Green got into an argument with John McDonnell on the sofa of The Andy Marr Show (tm), there were plenty in the Press Establishment tut-tutting and telling anyone who would listen that these ghastly socialists had no manners, and wasn’t it dreadful how that rotten Labour bully was showing no respect to The Great Man.
Well, now their sheer vacuity and cant lie totally discredited once again. Damian Green has behaved like a total and absolute shit. And that’s not good enough.