Saturday, April 15, 2006
A Tricky Decision for Lord Goldsmith on Cash for Honours
I have a very difficult decision to make today. So does the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith. I have to decide whether to rise from my sickbed and make a trip to Upton Park to see the Hammers play Manchester City. Lord Goldsmith has to decide whether to give Des Smith immunity from prosecution in return for him spilling the beans on the cash for honours scandal. My decision is relatively simple based on the number of sneezes per minute. Lord Goldsmith, however, is in a slightly more tricky position. It was he, you will remember, who told Tony Blair that the war in Iraq was illegal, but after an intervention from Sally (now Baroness) Morgan he had a remarkable change of mind. I wonder if this is a decision he now regrets. If so, it will haunt him for the rest of his life. So when Inspector Knacker's file lands on his desk, he'll open it with some sense of trepidation. And rightly so. But the bigger question here is this. Should it really be the decision of a political appointee to make? There is of course one even greater question. Will I end up at Upton Park this afternoon?