There was a time when I was absolutely indignant that the police, working in conjunction with the Sun newspaper, should have “fitted up” an elected representative of the country, a Member of the Cabinet no less. With the benefit of hindsight and looking back after the EU referendum campaign I now realise that the majority of politicians are even more untrustworthy than the Met. The Sun though remains in a class of its own.
Changes to the terms of reference for the Met’s plebgate inquiry look likely to force the investigation to come down either on the side or Mitchell or the officers on the gate. In contrast to the original terms of reference, as reported in the Police Oracle, and confirmed by Commissioner Hogan-Howe to the Home Affairs Select Committee, the revised terms of reference for the investigation as agreed with the IPPC specifically include investigation of “the allegations made by the Rt. Hon Andrew Mitchell in his statement that police lied in the police log”. The revised terms of reference were set out in written evidence submitted to the Select Committee by Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Patricia Gallan, who is leading the inquiry. Gallan’s letter to the Select Committee also indicates that the officers’ report of the incident to their superiors was indeed the “police log” published by the Sun and the Daily Telegraph.