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Andrew Mitchell’s next step could be an international job

19 December 2012

19 December 2012

The Westminster grapevine is buzzing with the latest rumours about the truth of ‘pleb-gate’. There are legal limits to what we can say. But a few things seem certain.

Andrew Mitchell’s friends believe he is on the cusp of vindication. On the Today Programme just now, David Davis called for him to be returned to high office as soon as possible.

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Davis also claimed that Mitchell had not been able to handle the matter in the way that he wanted to because of constraints imposed on him by people around the Prime Minister. One lesson of the Mitchell affair is that the only person who can really defend a politician when his integrity is under attack, is the politician himself.

Personally, I suspect that it is more likely that Mitchell is appointed to some international job — possibly at the United Nations or the European Commission — rather than returning to the Cabinet.


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  • David Ossitt

    “Andrew Mitchell’s next step could be an
    international job”

    I do hope not, he should be immediately reinstated
    as the chief whip.

    The two police officers should be charged
    with giving false evidence as should be the supposed eye witness.

    Read the report below by Michael Crick.

  • HooksLaw

    The important news out of PMQs is that veterans of the Arctic Convoys in the Second World War will be awarded medals.
    And in a significant gesture, there will also be a clasp for veterans of Bomber Command.

  • Liz727
  • Russell

    So there we have it.
    Rotten corrupt thieving scheming law breaking MP’s what with expenses frauds, labour No.10 smear department, Cash for questions, cash for honours, WMD lies and Iraq war, Rendition, etc.
    Rotten corrupt thieving law breaking police what with accepting cash from journalists, shooting innocent people, Hillsborough cover ups, Sir (sic) Ian Blair labour stooge, fabricating evidence with Mitchell etc.
    Rotten corrupt jouirnalists with hacking and blagging and bribing police.
    Rotten corrupt overpaid judges allowing law breaking MP’s to escape jailtime, letting off rapists, burglars, vicious criminals using knives etc.
    A heavily biased BBC broadcaster unfit to receive any public funding with their pro EU, pro man made climate change views as well as their blatant anti government (Tory) broadcasts.

    Welcome to the UK 2012

    • telemachus

      You sound resigned
      We need a moral compass back in politics
      I know a charismatic politician who learned his trade at the knee of one with just such a compass

  • John_Page

    Being lied about does not make this obnoxious waster of taxpayers’ money any more fit for high office than he was before.

    • telemachus

      It was his intellectual and emotional attachment to the ID brief we admire

      • TomTom

        Wish he had had a physical attachment too so he could have been posted to Rwanda

    • HooksLaw

      Whats wrong with Britain having a foreign policy? better to spend money instead of blood.

      • TomTom

        We usually end up doing both.

        • HooksLaw

          Spending blood is more expensive than foreign aid aimed at stopping conflicts

          • TomTom

            Yes and how much conflict have we stopped in Pakistan or Rwanda or anywhere else for that matter ? Usually you get better return on your funds when paying DANEGELD

            • coffeehousewall.co.uk

              Foreign aid never stops conflicts just as DaneGeld never stopped the Danes. It creates an appetite for more and more with a growing contempt at those willing to pay.

  • Swiss Bob

    Anyone seen Tom Watson recently *innocent face*.

    • telemachus

      Just which bit of his statement are you unhappy about?

      “Andrew Mitchell is running scared. It’s ridiculous that the Chief Whip would rather dodge his own party conference, on the doorstep of his Sutton Coldfield constituency, rather than do what is right.”

      • Swiss Bob

        He’s a smear merchant and an obvious candidate.

        His grubby fingers are all over it.

        • coffeehousewall.co.uk

          There are bound to be politicians involved in all of this.

  • toco10

    Will the Police Federation exclude any officers who may be proven to have lied?Hopefully the guy from Ruislip will be sacked without any compensation.

    • HooksLaw

      Will there be dawn raids on police federation computers?
      What fancy name will the police give to the investigation of the police federation?

      • telemachus

        Operation Boris

        • HooksLaw

          Operation Telemac

    • Keith

      Surely “suspended on full pay pending the outcome of an investigation that could end in his being given a reprimand”?

      • the viceroy’s gin

        The cruel fiends.

        We can only hope sentence is eased upon appeal.

        • coffeehousewall.co.uk

          I hope he still gets bonuses.

  • TomTom

    The European Commission would be the best place since Britain does not automatically have a Commissioner any more since Lisbon. Perhaps he could work for Baroness Aston or carry bags for Rompuy….at least untilwe withdraw leaving him behind

    • telemachus

      I know give him the Cabinet brief for ID

      The current incumbent is not only useless(viz the West Coast Mainline) but she has no instintive feel for the importance of her office to this country

      • TomTom

        No that job is reserved for Ed Balls in the Grand Coalition after 2015

        • telemachus

          No grand coalition
          The properly led cohesive government in 2015 needs a competent Chancellor

          • TomTom

            How will they persuade Darling to return when Buffoon Balls is in the area

  • Vulture

    Well, if our resident Labour troll thinks Mad Mitch is a good egg he is clearly a complete arse and well cut out to be an EU or UN apparatchik. (Just so long as he promises never to come back).

    Mitchell’s forking out our millions to his mate the mass murdering Rwandan despot Paul Kagane on his last day in office as Overseas Aid Minister means he is utterly unfit to govern – never mind Plebgate.

    > A few things to remember: Mitchell apologised to the Police for cursing them, only the words he used is in dispute – so he is clearly not fit for Cabinet office . (Nor is chiselling little David Laws, but that’s an argument for another day).

    > Why has Mitchell sat on the CCTV footage until now?

    > Why has Channel 4 – that well known pro-Tory station – taken up the case? (And please don’t tell me that its a disinterested desire to get to the truth).

    I have no doubt that the Police under their Labour-appointed leaders wanted a top Tory scalp and were prepared to falsify facts in order to get one. Equally I have no doubt that Mitchell is a loathsome scumbag – and is therefore deserving of high office in our degraded and decadent Government..

    For me the cherry on the cake was the BBC wheeling out Robert Harris in support of his old Cambridge chum. You have only to look at the other people Harris has publicly supported – P. Mandelson and paedophile Roman Polanski to realise what a wonderful person Mitchell must be

    • telemachus

      Agree Mitchell as Chief Whip needed removal
      The question is whether the ends justified the means
      Clearly they did but that does not excuse editors from admission of their guilt
      Nor does it detract from the splendid ID work done by Thrasher

    • MirthaTidville

      Well said Vulture..at least we might be rid of him now……..whatever the means…anybody think Boris might go for his soon to be vacant seat??

      • telemachus

        Problem is that Boris is damaged goods in all this

      • coffeehousewall.co.uk

        Boris is not the answer to anything

    • HooksLaw

      What a load of pathetic self serving wingeing whining guff. I repeat if a Cabinet minister cannot tell a jobsworth where to get off – what hope is there for the rest of us?

      Harris, for whom I hold no great regard, was actually pointing out glaring discrepancies in the story of a 16/17 year old nymphet who was looking for some publicity. Appropriately enough he was complaining about a press lynch mob.

    • Fergus Pickering

      I would have thought that swearing at idle, overpaid little Hitlers was one of the things a cabinet minister ought to be able to do. And if you really think the word fucking is taboo, you really have lived in a burrow the last forty years. Odd thing for a vulture to do..

    • HooksLaw

      Are you saying Kagame was responsible for the Rwandan genocide? I think you will find he actually ended it.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      Yes, this is another contraindication of the old saw. The enemy of my enemy can still be my enemy.

    • Dimoto

      Hmmm, what about the rumour that Mitchell is considering defecting to UKIP ?
      (I know they aren’t fussy).

      • coffeehousewall.co.uk

        It would be a beginning.

    • biggestaspidistra

      Indeed, something doesn’t add up here and I think the Spectator itself may be in full propaganda mode. Where has the videotape been? Why was it edited? Didn’t Mitchell have two encounters over the bicycle, where is the footage from the other. I smell whitewash.

  • telemachus

    Fantastic
    Andrew was the best International DevelopmentbSecretary since Linda Chalker
    The gate gate may have done him a favour
    He was never cut ot to whip the Tory shower

    • Swiss Bob

      You’ve changed your tune.

      • telemachus

        No
        If you look back at my posts you will see I constantly applauded Mitchell’s commitment and energy in our foreign aid efforts in the face of advice on drastic aid cuts by the revanchists
        This remains my position and I receive Mitchell’s successor is a wavered on this

      • TomTom

        That’s Ed Balls for you…….one day Bill Bunter, next day Telemachus posting his own reviews

    • GaryEssex

      I believe the Police Federation has an agenda here as was witnessed at the time when this organisation was calling for Mitchell’s head.
      But Andrew Mitchell was a truly awful International Development Secretary who gave away this country’s money freely when it could have been better spent here at home. His decision to give money to Paul Kagame on his last day in office was particularly reprehensible.
      I hope the media will also be apologising for its role in this affair.
      Perhaps the UN will be perfect for him – another place where money seems to grow on trees and is spent without recourse on generally useless schemes and pet projects.

      • telemachus

        You are dead wrong about his excellent tenure of the ID brief
        He gained more respect for this country than any other minister or ambassador

        • MirthaTidville

          It wasnt respect he got…they thought he was a numpty but they loved our money he gave them freely

          • telemachus

            Of course but how else do you peddle influence
            Do you know Tony Gambino?

          • HooksLaw

            In your dreams, which is where you mostly live anyway.

            • MirthaTidville

              well obviously the same as you then

      • TomTom

        ! am sure Paul Kagane deposited the money with HSBC or Barclays….

    • TomTom

      He could cross the floor and lead the Labour Party….someone has to

      • telemachus

        We have a charismatic genius in waiting to do that

        • TomTom

          As I said….

          • coffeehousewall.co.uk

            As we all said.

    • MirthaTidville

      He wasnt cut out to be the ID Minister either…….

      • telemachus

        Oh but he was and gained wide acclain from all except the Tory UKIP wing

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