Friday, April 17, 2009

Legal Changes

'Ministers faced demands last night for legal changes to protect public officials who leak material embarrassing to the government as the secrets case against Damian Green, the Tory shadow immigration spokesman, was thrown out by prosecutors.'

Thus spoke the first paragraph of the lead story in today's Guardian. And I have a question.

You see, after due legal consideration by prosecutors, the case against Christopher Galley, the leaking home office official (what is the collective noun for home office officials? A leak?) has been thrown out. So, what changes are being demanded? Surely an investigation that finds there is no case to answer is about as protective as protection gets. Why change anything? And who is doing the demanding? Only stupid people I should imagine. And probably only stupid Tories at that. Ah, I see what the Guardian did there. Clever.

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