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Damian Green and I don’t see eye to eye on immigration, but I find his arrest, questioning and the search of his home and office by counter-terrorism police outrageous.

According to the BBC, police suspect the Conservative immigration spokesman of “conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office” and “aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office”, basically making public information leaked from the Home Office. But as Willem Buiter rightly says:

Using the counter-terror unit to investigate an alleged offence which,
even if it had been committed, would not be terrorism-related, is an
abuse of power. These are the methods used commonly in police states. They have no place in the UK.

 

Posted 28 Nov 2008 in Blog, Britain, Freedom

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