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Theresa May doesn’t want to answer these questions about Damian Green – but she should

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

Good questions from Fleet Street Fox.

Will they every be answered?

This Writer doubts it.

But we will never be able to trust a Tory government until they are.

1. Did he abuse his power?

The original allegation by academic and writer Kate Maltby was that before he was a minister Green, who was a family friend, touched her knee, said his wife was “very understanding”, and gave her to understand that her career as a Tory activist could be advanced by an affair with a sleazy bald man 30 years her senior.

Beyond saying she was “plausible” her claims have not been studied. As a result, the voters of Ashford in Kent, his colleagues in government, and his friend Theresa still don’t know if he was in the habit of using his position as a MP to satisfy personal lust, and to do so by pressurising or dangling preferment before women who might otherwise have told him to sod off.

2. Did he try to destroy Kate Maltby?

In the wake of her allegations the Daily Mail published not one but two unfavourable opinion pieces about Kate.

It quoted an unnamed friend saying her parents “will be absolutely aghast by what Kate has done. They are good and decent people who eschew publicity. They are still friends with Damian and his wife. I’m tempted to say what was she thinking about. But we know that. She was thinking about Kate Maltby.”

Her parents said: “We are not surprised to find that the inquiry found Mr Green to have been untruthful as a minister, nor to that they found our daughter to be a plausible witness… despite the attempted campaign in certain sections of the media to denigrate and intimidate her and other witnesses. We are proud of her.”

So who was the unnamed friend? Was it Green, one of his associates, or a member of his staff? Journalists should always protect their sources, but not when it turns out the source has lied in what looks like an attempt to destroy the reputation of a “plausible” woman.

If Green was not involved in an ugly public campaign to wreck the credibility of a self-employed woman who had annoyed him, he has a right to be cleared of any suspicion. And if he or any of his friends were, we have a right to know.

3. What did Theresa May know, and when?

Theresa May has been mates with Damian Green for her entire adult life. When the allegations emerged she ordered a whitewash – that Kate’s claims shouldn’t be examined closely, but instead whether he’d broken the rules of behaviour since.

Did he discuss it with her? Did he lie to her?

During the inquiry she didn’t suspend him, or move him out of harm’s way – she allowed him to sit in for her at Prime Minister’s Questions, to chair cabinet committees, to remain at the top table.

If she did that knowing he had made false statements about what he knew of pornography on his computer her position is untenable. Perhaps someone else in Downing Street knew, and kept it from her – in which case we need to know when they’re going to be sacked, too.

Source: There are 3 important questions Damian Green still hasn’t answered – Fleet Street Fox – Mirror Online


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Another one bites the dust: Damian Green ousted over pornography cover-up

Gone: Damian Green has been forced to resign from the minority Conservative government.

Damian Green has been forced out of the government after a Cabinet Office investigation found he had misled the public and MPs over pornography found on a computer in his Parliamentary office.

Mr Green is the third Cabinet minister to be forced out of office in the last two months, following Michael Fallon and Priti Patel.

The inquiry, run by Sue Gray, found that Mr Green had misled the public in statements he made on November 4 and 11, denying that police had ever told him about pornographic material found in a raid on his office in 2008.

In fact, the police had raised it with his solicitor in 2008 and with him directly in 2013.

Mrs May told Mr Green to resign on Wednesday evening, and is not expected to replace him in the immediate future.

The decision is a vindication of former Metropolitan police officers Bob Quick and Neil Lewis, who came forward to make it clear that pornograpic material was found on a computer in Mr Green’s office, no matter what the now-former First Minister had to say about it.

Ms Gray did not present the Prime Minister with any conclusions about whether Mr Green had behaved inappropriately towards the writer Kate Maltby, whose complaint triggered the inquiry, or whether he had ever viewed or downloaded pornography at work.

The investigation concluded that because of “competing and contradictory accounts” of private meetings involving Mr Green and Ms Maltby it was not possible “to reach a definitive conclusion on the appropriateness of Mr Green’s behaviour with Kate Maltby in early 2015”, however, the investigation “found Ms Maltby’s account to be plausible”.

The Cabinet Office report also stated that: “Mr Green’s statements of 4 and 11 November, which suggested that he was not aware that indecent material was found on parliamentary computers in his office, were inaccurate and misleading, as the Metropolitan Police Service had previously informed him of the existence of this material.

“These statements therefore fall short of the honesty requirement of the Seven Principles of Public Life and constitute breaches of the Ministerial Code. Mr Green accepts this.”

But there is a sting in the tale for the former police officers who have ended Mr Green’s Cabinet career; Theresa May has said they breached a “duty of confidentiality” by revealing details of what was found on Mr Green’s computer in 2008 when his parliamentary office was raided.

She wrote, in her letter that, it seems, both demanded and accepted Mr Green’s resignation (if he had been sacked, he wouldn’t have received a generous Cabinet pension – make of that what you will): “I shared the concerns raised from across the political spectrum when your Parliamentary office was raided in 2008 when you were a shadow home office minister holding the then Labour Government to account.

“And I share the concerns, raised once again from across the political spectrum, at the comments made by a former officer involved in that case in recent weeks. I am glad that the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police’s professional standards department are reviewing the comments which have been made.”

So it seems that, having been forced to get rid of Damian Green because of evidence brought forward in the name of justice, Mrs May is determined to discourage anybody else from doing the decent thing by fouling the names of the former officers concerned.

To This Writer, such behaviour does not resemble good government.

Considering the facts, perhaps Mrs May would care to explain how justice has not been served by the officers, who came forward at considerable risk to their own reputations in order to ensure the facts of this case were made public?

Why is the prime minister of the United Kingdom trying to justify attempts to hide important facts?

This Writer will shed no tears of Mr Green’s demise; he is a nasty piece of work.

As Work and Pensions Secretary, he worked hard to justify the Conservative government’s persecution of society’s most vulnerable people, in the fact of hard evidence including the film I, Daniel Blake, in which director Ken Loach described vividly the trials faced by sickness benefit claimants in Tory Britain.

He has worked equally hard, as First Minister, to discredit those who rightly stood up against him when claims were made about his behaviour.

It is good that he has gone.

In fact, his dismissal may go some way towards restoring faith in the UK’s government system, as it was a Cabinet Office inquiry that demanded his removal.

For This Site, that makes three-for-three; three Cabinet-level removals following revelations against the MPs concerned.

But there are plenty more candidates for removal left to go.

Why is Boris Johnson still Foreign Secretary, after he failed to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe from prison in Iran? His incompetence threatened to double her unjust prison sentence.

And why is David Davis still Brexit Secretary, after he botched negotiations with the EU27 countries so badly and then claimed that the UK could renege on the deal that had been hammered out?

Mr Davis was once said to be considering resigning in protest at the way Mr Green has been treated – but it seems that was just hot air and he will not follow through on the claim.

These vermin need to be aware that we have a 100 per cent record of clearing out pests like them – and we intend to keep it that way.

(Source: Theresa May’s effective deputy Damian Green quits over pornography cover-up)


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Will we ever hear back from the inquiry into Damian Green, pornography and inappropriate behaviour?

First Minister – and de facto deputy prime minister – Damian Green has been accused of making inappropriate advances [Image: Carl Court/Getty].

On the day a member of Damian Green’s office staff reportedly approached the Cabinet Office inquiry into his behaviour to support his accuser Kate Maltby, it must be worth asking why that inquiry has taken almost a month and a half to report its findings on an open-and-shut case.

Sue Gray, head of propriety and ethics at the Cabinet Office, launched her inquiry on November 1. This Writer understands it is asking whether Mr Green broke the Ministerial Code in his behaviour towards Ms Maltby, who has alleged that incidents took place in early 2015 and May 2016, and in having pornography on a computer in his office, found by police conducting an inquiry into a separate matter in 2008, weeks before the kind of material present was due to be classified as illegal.

The trouble, as This Writer sees it, is that Mr Green was not a minister at the time of any of the incidents, therefore I don’t see how the Ministerial Code applies.

However, if he was making persistent unwanted overtures of a sexual nature to Ms Maltby, then he cannot be said to be innocent of any offence.

And, as it now seems clear that a large amount of extreme pornographic material was indeed found on a computer in a Parliamentary office for which Mr Green was responsible, it seems clear that he should have faced the penalty that any other office worker would have undergone in the same situation: The sack.

I am concerned that the Conservative government, by considering whether the Ministerial Code was breached, is investigating the wrong issue – in order to find that he did not breach the Code and close the matter there.

Questioning about the alleged sexual harassment and the computer porn could then be met with an assertion that these matters were investigated, and Mr Green would effectively get away without having to account for the improprieties alleged against him – or atone for them, if the allegations are accurate.

So it is time for clarity from the person at the top of this inquiry.

Is Sue Gray investigating whether Mr Green harassed a journalist and had porn on his computer?

Or is she engaged in a wild goose chase about a breach of the Ministerial Code when Mr Green wasn’t a minister?

Let us have some answers now – before the inquiry report blows smoke in all our faces.


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