I made the point that we could not jump to any conclusions. Now Iain Dale, the Tory would-be MP who has done more to bring political blogging to public attention than anyone else, has gone even further.
Iain says these very public arrest of people who may in the end never face charges, causes public humiliation which should not be part of our legal process.
He's absolutely right.
Iain fought a Norfolk seat for the Tories at the last election where David Prior was MP from 1997-2001.
The arrest of David Prior has provoked Iain to defend both him and Labour peer Lord Levy who was publicly arrested in the current so called cash-for-honours police investigation.
Whatever happened to the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’? It seems if you a public figure you have to put up with this sort of thing nowadays.Iain has done as much as any other media outlet to hype up expectations of criminal charges in the cash-for-honours probe - in which police have interviewed senior Labour, Tory and LibDem officials and politicians.
However, it’s an excellent post: well worth a gleg.