Just imagine for a moment that the Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company was under investigation for corruption. The Police were about to interview him under caution and the case was about to be presented to the CPS. Imagine also that this very same Chief Executive was a personal friend of the Attorney General. Does anyone serious think that the AG would not recuse himself from the case?
And that is exactly why he must do so in the case of Cash for Peerages. It is astonishing that Goldsmith, who is not only a personal friend of Tony Blair, but was appointed by him, must stand aside from the case. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Ken MacDonald, has done just that and stepped aside because of his links to Cherie Blair's Matrix Chambers. If Goldsmith had an ounce of honour, he would so the same. But of course we shouldn't be surprised. After all, this is the main who first of all declared the Iraq war to be illegal, then for some strange reason, changed his mind.
Goldsmith's decision on whether the Cash for Peerages case will be brought to court is apparently based on whether he considers it to be "in the public interest". That's that then.