Anorak | Can the police use Andrew Mitchell to make themselves look better?

Can the police use Andrew Mitchell to make themselves look better?

by | 24th, September 2012

WILL Andrew Mitchell go down in history as the man who created gate-gate, the ultimate post-Watergate gate story? Mitchell, the Government Chief Whip, denies calling police guarding Downing Street a pleb or moron ”. He does, however, regret not showing police “the amount of respect I should have done” .

Mitchell wanted to take his bicycle through the main Downing Street Gates. Police said he couldn’t. The Sun says he told a constable:

“Best you learn your fucking place. You don’t run this fucking government. You’re fucking plebs.”

Mitchell now says:

“I have apologised to the police, I have apologised to the police officer involved on the gate and he’s accepted my apology and I hope very much that we can draw a line under it there.”

Only, the copper’s notes says Mitchell called them a “pleb”. Do we believe the police or the Tory? Labour are using Mitchell as a sign that if you wait long enough the Tory’s true personality seeps out. If you pay attention, you can see any number of Tory ministers feeling up nurses, urinating on firemen and pointing and laughing at disabled soldiers.

Metropolitan Police Federation chairman John Tully tells Sky News :

“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. We need a full and frank inquiry. There is a clear difference of opinion, and we need to establish what happened.”

Thick-skinned? Oh, puh-lease. The Chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, John Tully, told ITV:

“If you believe what’s in the Sun, the officers have reported verbatim what he said. He did use the ‘pleb’ word. That is unacceptable. Any member of the public would receive a warning.”

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