In contrast to the inappropriate comments by Tessa Jowell and the hysterical rantings of David Blunkett on the police behaviour in the Cash for Peerages inquiry, Ken Livingstone has been uncharacteristically statesmanlike. He has said that however uncomfortable it may be for the Labour Party, the Police have to do what is best to maximise the evidence. He said he had absolutely no intention of intervening to tell the Police how to do their job.
Meanwhile, senior officers in the inquiry have said that political interference in their work is putting their officers under undue pressure.
Strong stuff indeed. I wish I was doing the paper review tonight!
UPDATE: The following is a personal statement from Len Duvall, chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority regarding comments made in connection with the cash for honours inquiry:
'Throughout this investigation the police have, quite properly,
refused to comment except to confirm that, as in any other criminal inquiry,
they are following where the evidence leads. It seems to me that it is
inadvisable for others to comment, openly or behind the scenes, on the merits of
individual lines of inquiry until such time as the full picture can be revealed.
Those who have spoken out over the past 24 hours about the way in which police
are conducting this inquiry may well wish to reflect on what they have said.
'What is clear is that allegations of perverting the course of justice raise
very serious concerns. It is also clear that no one in this country is above the
law. 'As chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority I must be seen never to seek
to manipulate or pressurise senior officers in the Met on any operational
inquiry. Others would do well to follow my example.'