Wednesday, December 19, 2012

An apology to Andrew Mitchell MP

Among a series of highly critical posts, linked here, on the character of Andrew Mitchell MP, this blog included a quote from the police log describing the circumstances at the time of the then Chief Whip's ill-tempered outburst regarding his access on a bike to Downing Street, as quoted here:

The Daily Telegraph publishes the police log of the circumstances of Mr Mitchell being recorded in his use of the word "plebs" commonly used by Public Schoolboys to refer to the 99.9% of humanity they consider beneath them, and thereby unworthy of any consideration:

There were several members of public present as is the norm opposite the pedestrian gate and as we neared it, Mr MITCHELL said: "Best you learn your f------ don’t run this f------ government...You’re f------ plebs." The members of public looked visibly shocked and I was somewhat taken aback by the language used and the view expressed by a senior government official. I can not say if this statement was aimed at me individually, or the officers present or the police service as a whole.

Should Mitchell's position amongst the elite of the country, in the midst of this useless Cabinet of Coalition Clots, be allowed to alone refute the evidence of a Police Log to avoid the consequences of his own ill temper and anger induced actions?

It appears the question raised in my final paragraph was a resounding "NO" with both the police and now Channel 4 News having been engaged in uncovering the true facts. Should this blog now therefore apologize for its criticisms; in addition to feeling thoroughly chastened for having given such naive belief to the statements contained in a police log!? 

I believe my criticism of Mitchell as an individual was coloured by his reported use of the word "pleb", now apparently untrue! I therefore unreservedly apologize for my description of him in the paragraph preceding that quoted above, namely as " increasingly grotesque, privilege warped, silver spooned and quite clearly thoroughly obnoxious Andrew Mitchell MP, presently clinging to the office of Chief Whip, a fitting final tenure for a boy nicknamed "Thrasher" during his final days at Rugby School."

My criticisms of his actions in his previous position when squandering billions of pounds at this time of austerity, of course, still stand. 



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