Friday, April 14, 2006

PC Plod and Des Smith

In an earlier post I said the police inquiry would come to nothing. Am I wrong? Maybe (its not unknown). Des Smith, head of All Saints Catholic school in Dagenham and until recently a member of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) which recruits sponsors for city academies, has been arrested and released on bail. It seems the millionaire donors will be questioned. It isn't what I expected, but I still think it is unlikely to lead to successful prosecutions. Smith's mistake was to shoot off his mouth to a Sunday Times undercover reporter. I think it would be very hard to prove in court that he was doing more than bragging (Of course, we all know the truth, but its proving it in court that's the problem). In any case, peerages are not in Smith's gift. If peerages were being sold (and they were) the trail must go to Number 10. I think PC Plod will (even if he is very bold) go no further than discretely questioning the PM. I suppose it's possible Smith will be brought to trial, but I doubt it. I think the police will conclude there is not sufficient evidence for a prosecution. And others - who have I suspect cleverly been more circumlocutionary in their dealing with donors than he has - will be safe, although they will have been given a nasty fright. I will be absolutely delighted if I am wrong. What I'd really like is for Blair to be banged-up in Strangeways...


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