Sherlock Heywood will face the mob

8 January 2013

5:32 PM

8 January 2013

5:32 PM

Not long ago Westminster wags nicknamed Sir Jeremy Heywood, Downing Street’s top Sir Humphrey — ‘Wormtongue’ after Tolkien’s poisonous power behind the throne in the Lord of the Rings. Since being tasked with investigating the Andrew Mitchell affair (and managing to miss the glaring differences between the CCTV footage and the police notes long before the tapes were sent to Channel Four News) the Cabinet Secretary — disliked by many at the best of times — has earned a new nickname from Tory types. Watch out for that eagle-eyed Sherlock Heywood.

Now it emerges that the forensic inspector will be making a rare public appearance in front of the Public Administration Committee and will be grilled about the bungled investigation. He’ll need his famous silver tongue to talk himself out of this one.

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  • rndtechnologies786

    Good view.

  • Aubrey Herbert

    Fearless journalism from Britain’s oldest political publication, letting Guido’s sidekick, under a cloak of anonymity, report Juinior Minster whingeing against some one who is not allowed to answer back. Worse than all that, for an inaccurate piece of gossip it doesn’t even have the satirical saving grace of being funny. Two years to think about it and all they can come up with is a bit of Tolkien from the 20th Century – ooh scary – and Conan Doyle from the 19th – that’ll get Dave worried. And people say they’re out of touch.