Sunday, November 30, 2008

If inducements WERE offered....?

The articles linked to from this post make a claim that the civil servant (one Christopher Galley, apparently) received inducements from Damien Green in return for the information that he provided.

If this is really the case that the police are pursuing, then it changes matters dramatically.

Update: I've just seen that Galley stood as a Conservative candidate in the 2004 local elections (h/t Will)

If Mr Green has been offering inducements to a civil servant for leaks, it is an offence that - when you look at it in more detail - is extremely serious as I've argued over the last few days. It would be a profound debasement of politics and democracy.

If proven, Mr Green would have no option but to resign as an MP and face the full force of the law. And anyone else who knew the score on this would be guilty by implication.

Either way, it's an allegation that requires a detailed investigation and it seems that the police and The Speaker have less of a case to answer.

1 comment:

Tim J said...

What offence would that be?

The chances of Galley being prosecuted for, let alone convicted for, 'misconduct in public office' are remote in the extreme. This law has *never* been used in analogous circumstances, there's a good solid body of case law suggesting that this offence relates to matters like allowing suspects in custody to choke to death, or giving police information to a mate to beat someone up.

This law won't stick. There is no other that could be used in its place. The OSA won't apply.

Accordingly, if what Galley did wasn't a crime, nor was what Green did. No law involved.