This blog is mainly about the governance and future of policing and crime services. (Police & Crime Commissioners feature quite a lot.) But there are also posts about the wider justice system. And because I am town councillor and political activist, local & national issues are covered a little, as well.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Time for another kind of oath

Many of the comments left on the various blogs / threads / videos relating to the Plebgate affair, tell a similar story now: how did this event become so politically important that thousands of taxpayers have been spent on it (and with more yet to come)? It would appear that Joe and Jo Public are losing their collective patience.

And so, I am not going to pass any more comment on this story as I have a) better things to do with my time and b) the CPS have very clearly warned people to not do so given that the matter is now in due legal process. Their statement says:
Journalists and users of social media are urged to exercise care and restraint in any additional reporting or commenting on the following statement. This is because they may risk committing a contempt of court as strict liability contempt rules apply.
and one constable...
now stands accused of a criminal offence and is entitled to a fair trial. Care should be taken that nothing is reported which may prejudice his trial.
I am unsure how, given these very clear warnings, that David Davis and Andrew Mitchell gave their press briefing yesterday. I am not even going to post a link to their words. But hey ho...

Anyway, I will be rather glad when these matters are examined in a court case and people can be on oath.

I hope that we may then finally get at the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth... 

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