Some choices made by politicians do not end well for them. And some of those choices that do not end well are known to be highly likely not to end well before they are made. One move that never concludes to the advantage of politicians is threatening or attempting to diminish the work of Police, the security forces, and intelligence agencies, as Combover Crybaby Donald Trump is now discovering to his evident alarm.
The Donald is not alone among right-leaning politicians: the Tories are now embarking on a similar, and similarly disastrous course, in the wake of today’s revelations suggesting that Damian Green, deputy Prime Minister, may have spent some of his time when ensconced in his then Portcullis House office browsing porn sites - and more than likely twanging the wire as a result of his observations.
So The Blue Team has clearly decided that the best method of defence is attack, and have gone after the Metropolitan Police, perhaps believing that Commissioner Cressida Dick could be vulnerable, while forgetting that she managed to oversee the premeditated murder of Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes by armed Police at Stockwell Tube station - and still managed to get herself promoted.
To that end, a “friend of David Davis”, who has been trying to inject some backbone into the Tories on this issue, has told “It's right that allegations of misconduct towards individuals are properly investigated … But police officers have a duty of confidentiality which should be upheld”. We should instead wait for the inquiry report on the matter, which “could be placed on the prime minister's desk early next week”.
And as the BBC has reported, “Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell defended Mr Green on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, saying: ‘It is the misuse of entirely legal information to blacken the name of a serving cabinet minister’”. Jacob Rees Mogg, representing the constituency of the 19th Century, told the Beeb’s Amol Rajan that “police ‘behaved disgracefully’ by raiding Damian Green's office in 2008”.
Then the Rt Hon Gideon George Oliver Osborne, heir to the seventeenth Baronet, pitched in, using his position as editor of the Evening Standard to tell “what is without doubt is that police officers should not pursue personal vendettas through innuendo and leaks. Yet, that is what appears to be happening in the case of Mr Green”. And there was more.
“Many of those officers [who raided Green’s office in 2008] are now retired, but they have not forgotten the events of nine years ago - and they are clearly exploiting the legitimate investigation into Mr Green’s behaviour to try to extract their revenge … This is completely unacceptable behaviour by retired police officers … The current Met Commissioner Cressida Dick has established herself as a person of good sense and integrity … She should protect the reputation of today’s police by publicly distancing the force from the activities of these former officers - because, frankly, the whole thing stinks”.
The Tories are also likely to be sore that Ms Dick suggested their cuts were detrimental to policing in the capital - during this year’s General Election campaign. But in a scrap between politicians and the Police, there will always only be one winner. And it won’t be the politicians. The Tories are asking for trouble. They might just end up getting it.