The big development in the Downing Street Christmas party scandal is that Boris Johnson has tried to kick it into the long grass by announcing an investigation.
These invariably take weeks – time in which Johnson will no doubt hope that the public will forget all about it and he can get back to his day job, stealing our cash and our human rights and selling off our national assets to whoever will give him (him, not the government) the best deal.
And they also invariably whitewash Johnson – to a greater or lesser degree, depending on which of his stooges he hires to lead the inquiry.
The Downing Street party probe is apparently being led by Cabinet Secretary Simon Case – and this presents a corruption dilemma of its own because it is widely believed that he was among those who attended it.
The prime minister’s office has refused to confirm or deny the allegation – which indicates that it is true.
The Daily Mirror‘s Kevin Maguire has joked about it: “If Case went, he can’t head an inquiry although he could supply a guest list.”
Good point – and one that Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick should bear in mind if she can’t find her own copy.
This Site has already pointed out that the Met provides police officers to guard Downing Street at all times and everybody who attends that location must be signed in and out. Therefore the record for December 18, 2020 will show who was at the party.
Dick is said to be considering whether to investigate the party and it is more appropriate for the police to do so than for anybody connected with Boris Johnson in even the remotest way.
Remember: the police are this week prosecuting several people for offences of breaking Tier 3 restrictions in London on the day of the party, including a family in Ilford who allegedly held a party of their own.
If the police really do uphold the law “without fear or favour”, then they must investigate the Downing Street party too. It was a crime – as the other prosecutions show. And crimes are investigated exclusively by the police.
Dick already has a few names on the list of those she should be grilling, starting with those of Allegra Stratton and everybody else on the video clip of a mock press conference, laughing and joking about a rave-up that they enjoyed while everybody else was being driven into misery by their government’s rules.
It seems clear that she should add Mr Case to that list.
And no – Johnson’s attempt to mark his own homework (as these self-investigations are known) is not an excuse to say there’s no need for a criminal investigation.
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