To me it is a total waste of time, money and resources - just look at what is involved
- A team of 30 Scotland Yard officers is investigating whether there was a conspiracy against Mr Mitchell
- All 800 members of the DPG (Diplomatic Protection Group) have been told to submit sworn statements
- So far four serving police officers have been arrested and charged with various offences such as misconduct in public office.
Also in the news today is the sentencing of a female Detective Chief Inspector for having offered information to the News of the World concerning the phone hacking enquiry. Her defence was that she wanted to draw attention to the way that the resources had been removed from the anti-terrorist branch to staff the phone hacking enquiry. As she was nearing retirement and there was no evidence that she needed money, I must admit that I'm inclined to accept what she said. Whilst there are only 40 officers looking into plebgate, there were hundreds involved in the phone hacking enquiries, and there is no doubt that other departments will have suffered as a result of staff being seconded to these enquiries. If I had been a senior officer in the anti-terrorist branch, I'm sure that I would have been very concerned, but hopefully would have found a better way of expressing those concerns.
Let Alice in Wonderland continue!