Various ministers have been emphatic in saying that they did not know in advance about the arrest of Damian Green. Jacqui Smith says she didn't and the PM says he didn't either and neither did any other minister in his government (as far as he is aware). Smith was more specific in the Commons today, saying that no Cabinet Office minister knew.With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to try and pin the tail on this donkey:
However, the strong rumour is that one minister with good police contacts did know and has remained well under the radar since the row erupted last week, for understandable reasons. One thought: if that person was aware of what was going on, when it backfired would they actually 'fess up to the cabinet Secretary Gus O'Donnell, the PM or the media or just stay uncharacteristically quiet until the row blows over?
The 'who knew what and when' end of this business is far from resolved.
Thursday, 4 December 2008
Vote, Damian Green's arrest, Who knew? part 2.
From Iain Martin of the "Three line whip":