Damian Green’s much publicised downfall conjures up the image of a burglar who ransacks a house, steals all the valuable gear, but then is convicted of breaking a window as he leaves with the loot
The Daily Mail’s mouthpiece of bile, Richard Littlejohn, penned an indignant defence of Green with this morsel of balanced journalism: ‘It’s easy to forget how Britain was transformed into a virtual one-party state during the Tony Blair/Gordon Brown years – aided and abetted by the highly political former met commissioner Ian Blair, who effectively turned the police into the paramilitary wing of new labour.’
In Littlejohn’s world Green is the victim of a plot to avenge his crashing the career of former Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Bob Quick and a retired detective called Neil Lewis.
Littlejohn may have a point about a one-party state since the working class were effectively disenfranchised during the Blair/Brown years, but that’s not quite what he means.
What are Green’s true crimes?
How’s this? – He
Voted against laws to promote equality and human rights
Voted for the Iraq war
Voted for replacing trident with a new nuclear weapons system
Voted against a right to remain for EU nationals already in living in the UK
Voted for the bedroom tax
Voted against raising welfare benefits in line with prices
Voted against paying higher benefits for those unable to work due to illness or disability
Voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
Voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
Voted against increasing the tax rate applied to income over £150,000
Voted against a banker’s bonus tax
Voted for more restrictive regulation of trade union activity
Voted against restricting the provision of services to private patients by the NHS
Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year
Voted for academy schools
Green might have slinked off into political oblivion but his crimes live on.
Can the many tolerate the greed of the few for much longer?
It’s up to Jeremy Corbyn and his allies to provide the answer.