Monday, 24 September 2012

With Friends Like These

Top Tory: Foul Mouthed Tirade At Police
The Government chief whip who launched a  foul-mouthed tirade at armed officers at Police officers protecting Dowing Street pulled out of a visit to Reading last week.

The millionaire cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell was due to speak at an event arranged by Rob Wilson. Apparently local people had been invited to a free lunch  to hear Mr Mitchell speak, but he pulled out without explanation.

As The Daily Telegraph reports pressure is now growing on Mr Mitchell to explain what exactly he said. John Tully, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said there needs to be a "full and frank inquiry" to establish who is telling the truth.


"It is not the words, police officers are quite thick skinned, what infuriates me here is that a minister is saying police officers are liars," he said. "There is a clear difference of opinion, and we need to establish what happened."

He launched the rant at the officers after they refused to let him cycle through Downing Street’s gates. The constable said Mr Mitchell told him “Best you learn your f***ing place. You don’t run this f***ing government. You’re f***ing plebs.”

The officer, who wrote his report for his superiors only hours after the incident, said he did so because Mr Mitchell told him “You haven’t heard the last of this.” The PC explained: “I write this for your information as Mr Mitchell’s last comments would appear to indicate he is unhappy with my actions.”

However, David Cameron now wants to close the matter down.

Nice friends, Rob. I expect to see you out supporting the Police real soon!

UPDATE: The rant in full straight from the Police notebook

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