Saturday, March 03, 2007

How this could escalate (BBC Injunction on Cash for Peerages)

The rumours are flying left and right at the moment. All the known characters must have some sort of claim to exposure in the media, so a case for not getting a fair trial ( as does just about every other arrest the media ever reports on ).

So what could be critical that it requires the Met to get the AG to apply for an injunction.

Surely the information will leak, and leak soon - if only on foreign media or the net. The Met must know this.

Then the whole business of trying to prevent its coming into the public domain will add to the credibility of that information - making a fair trial less likely, not more.

So perhaps there's some sort of time critical element here - if so the Met will need to move before Monday as the BBC may challenge the injunction.

Or there is something else involved here - like the influence of a foreign government which relates to national security ? If so its all going very Robert Maxwell. Do you follow me ? (Currently starting to look like I was well wide of the mark on this aspect )

I'm just wildly speculating - but the answer is probably staring us in the face here. What doesn't make sense is what we have been told so far....

Update: Iain Dale is wondering if the injunction isn't to avoid giving the CPS and excuse not to prosecute ...

Update: John Hirst ( who has comments below also ) has been talking to a contact near the BBC ..

"A source in London has informed me that it is close, very close. And, that the BBC was about to broadcast a story which the police intend to use as evidence in a prosecution. My source, reflected on Thatcher, and said that she was bad, but that this is worse, a lot worse. My source said, that we used to call Fleet Street the street of shame. Now it is Downing Street which is the street of shame. I find myself agreeing with my source who has close links with the BBC."

John is starting to feel sorry for those who are Labour supporters but not involved, but Man in a Shed's empathy goes only so far ...

Update: The BBC is now saying the injunction was concerning an internal email within Downing street - see here. Now given Downing street protestations of full cooperation with the police then why is this news ? Clearly there's a legal reason why we shouldn't find out until after a trial - or a decision not to prosecute by the CPS under Lord Goldsmith's guidance.

5 comments:

jailhouselawyer said...

Actually, my reference to Levy should have stayed in Israel was in fact an oblique pointer to Robert Maxwell. He would have been safe there.

At least you got the Leftie right.

Man in a shed said...

We're thinking on the same lines here ...

Tim Stamper said...

I don't get it. Does Levy own a yacht? Did he jump ship trying to jump bail?

Will Bush bring forward the Iran Strike plan while Blair's still there?

Where is Blair?

What aren't you telling us?

Man in a shed said...

Where is Blair - that's another possible answer to the question.

What do I know ? I'm afraid it is only that the information, as presented so far, doesn't add up. At least not to me.

I find it hard to believe that this can be kept quiet for long - so what purpose is being served ? That's the question I'd like an answer to.

jailhouselawyer said...

I think that we can safely assume it has now escalated...