A Downing Street source said the first No 10 knew that an injunction
had either been sought or granted was when they saw the 10 O'Clock
Yeah, right. Believe that and you'll believe anything. Even if they didn't hear it from the Attoryney General's Office, they would surely have been contacted by Nick Robinson for a comment before then. And judging from the traffic to my blog from government IP addresses last night I just don't believe they knew nothing of it before 10pm.
Now to the substance of the matter. It seems that it was the Police who asked the AG for the injunction on the BBC. If so, this indicates that serious charges are about to be laid and the Police are fearful of anything that might jeopardise a successful prosecution. In turn, I believe they also fear that the CPS are looking for any excuse to say that a prosecution would not be in the public interest.
That's why everyone, including bloggers, has got to be incredibly careful now not to anything which might prejudice the Police case.
UPDATE 2.51pm: One of my readers, who works for the BBC, has just left this comment:
By the way, most BBC people were told about this story at around 4pm yesterday.
The injunction arrived about an hour later. Nick Robinson and another BBC
journalist got the same story at about the same time. I've probably told you too
much -- but I'm glad it's shut the "Robinson is Blair's Poodle" crowd up for the
Some of us have never subscribed to that theory anyway!