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Why the Tory hesitation over Ian Tomlinson’s death?

April 8th, 2009 Posted in UK Politics by

Three cheers for David Howarth, the LibDem justice spokesman, for demanding a criminal inquiry into Ian Tomlinson’s death following the release of footage by The Guardian.

The short clip clearly shows Mr. Tomlinson being aggressively pushed to the ground by a police officer. Of course, it is impossible to understand the possible rationale or motivation for the riot police’s behaviour (that’s why we need an inquiry, right?).

But where are the Tories on this issue?

If Her Majesty’s Opposition really are “liberal” Conservatives as their leader insists, you’d expect them to be all over this issue like a rash.

No doubt, Chris Grayling and Dominic Grieve will decide what they think about the matter soon – but the fact that the LibDems have beaten them to the punch again does call into question whether the Tories will ever discover a liberal-inclined soul.

UPDATE: As of 6pm on Wenesday April 8th (more than twelve hours sicne the story started dominating the headlines), the Conervative Party’s latest news section on their website STILL doesn’t include a statement on the death of Ian Tomlinson.

2 Responses to “Why the Tory hesitation over Ian Tomlinson’s death?”

  1. Ed Joyce Says:

    I had a look at the Sky clip on this. The police officer who did this I would suggest engages in this behaviour on a regular basis and therefore I would like to know is he one of the ones who has a record for GBH or other violent assault. We know that there are many police who do have this and would not be surprised if this was the case given the approach shown.

    Ed Joyce


  2. Mark Littlewood Says:

    Not sure I’d venture to guess about the police officer’s past record – or indeed the motivation for his behaviour at the time. But, on the face of it, this is a very serious assault and one which may have contributed to Mr. Tomlinson’s death. Police officers (rightly) have more powers than the rest of us in enforcing the law. But this makes it, if anything, even more serious when they break it.

    This latest incident – combined with a failure to bring any criminal prosecutions in the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes – only adds to the sense that the police – or parts of it – are beyond the law rather than the guardians of it.