Saturday, January 20, 2007
Police getting closer to Tony Blair
I liked best the way Colin Brown of the Independent reported the Ruth Turner arrest. It has a certain music to it—
The net tightened on Tony Blair yesterday after one of his senior advisers was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice, by police investigating the alleged "cash for honours" scandal.
Ruth Turner, the director of government relations inside Downing Street, was arrested under caution and bailed without charge after questioning. She could face more interviews.
In a statement released by 10 Downing Street, Ms Turner said: "I absolutely refute any allegations of wrongdoing of any nature whatsoever."
She is the most senior official close to the Prime Minister to be arrested so far. She is the fourth person to be arrested by the Metropolitan Police, amid clear signals that they are determined to pursue evidence to make charges stick in spite of the damage and embarrassment it is causing to the Government.
If you're not familiar with the cash-for-honors scandal, it involves certain promises made by Blair's Labor Party to certain wealthy benefactors for peerages (titles) that would give them a seat in the House of Lords.
Blair should be on trial for war crimes, but I'll be happy to see him in the dock any way he gets there. Now if there were just some way we could get the Metropolitan Police involved in the George Bush/Dick Cheney case...