Even if inquiry report isn’t published, Damian Green is finished

Damian Green, the first secretary of state, has described the claims as ‘untrue and deeply hurtful’ [Image: Andrew Matthews/PA].

Picture the scene: Damian Green is speaking in Parliament, making a speech elsewhere, or doing a public appearance.

It doesn’t matter which, because anybody there will have just one thing to say – that they think Mr Green is a sex pervert of some kind.

When he denies it, they’ll say: “If that’s true, why wasn’t the report of the inquiry published?”

There is no good answer to this. Whatever he says, the answer is: “If you were innocent, the report would have been published in full. It wasn’t. You’re a pervert.”

The only way Mr Green can still claim innocence is if the inquiry report is published in full, and finds him completely innocent. Even then, people may be unsatisfied unless a police investigation takes place – and the Conservative Party won’t allow that to happen.

So Damian Green is finished.

Downing Street has said it may not publish any report into allegations against the first secretary of state, Damian Green, who is currently under investigation by the Cabinet Office.

The inquiry by its head of propriety and ethics, Sue Gray, was launched in early November after journalists and the Conservative activist Kate Maltby wrote a piece claiming Green had touched her knee in 2015 and, one year later, sent her a suggestive message.

After Maltby’s piece was published in the Times, it later emerged that pornography – allegedly of an “extreme” nature – had been found on Green’s parliamentary computer after a police raid in 2008.

The result of the inquiry was expected to be announced in the coming days, but Downing Street said the full report would not necessarily be put in the public domain.

Asked if … the government was not committing to publishing the full inquiry, [a 10 Downing Street] spokesman said: “That’s what I’m saying.”

Source: Damian Green inquiry report into allegations may not be published | Politics | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “Even if inquiry report isn’t published, Damian Green is finished

  1. NMac

    Why is this report not being published. Green is a public servant who costs the country a great deal of money and it is in the public interest that the public know exactly what sort of an individual he is. Yet another case of the Establishment looking after its own.

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