The smell of blood in their nostrils has made the pursuit obsessive. Broadcast media is getting the most attention. No matter what the subject of the interview was, there was false anger on all sides.
Immediate results were expected when the unfortunate government employee, Soo Gray, was assigned an internal inquiry. What needed to be investigated was, of course, an open-ended case. Then, in a fit of rage, Ms. Gray leaked information that there might be a crime, and sent an inquiry to the police.
This course of events was completely predictable and normal. When evidence of a crime comes to light, even a small fixed fine, this information must be given to the police to initiate a criminal investigation.
The word ‘start’ is important, as the police cannot accept statements made by other people for other purposes in order to properly investigate. To do it properly, it must be done well.
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Others joined in, perhaps fearing that the trail would cool down, which would cause them to dig. All the loud voices had one thing in common. No one has ever investigated a crime in their life, nor will they know where to start.
It can disrupt hunting, but it is important that the investigation is thorough. If you have no sympathy for the Prime Minister and his group, think of the dozens of junior foot soldiers trapped in the fighting.
There is a multiple choice question. You are a young government employee working long shifts in a large station room at 10 Downing Street.
You’ve been struggling with your bubbles for over a year, dealing with the mountains of admin, when one afternoon your boss shook his head at the door. “Hey guys, he says, take five and come to the cabinet room with the prime minister to get a birthday cake.”
A. Run and lock yourself in the toilet.
B. Quickly stand at your desk, referring to lockdown legislation.
C. Play “Oh Cake” and draw a vine line to get a bigger piece?
I would have plumbed for Option C, as I suspect 99.9% would be ordinary people.
Now these unfortunate ‘foot soldiers’ are trapped in a greater game. Their names will be taken and they will be embarrassed, fined, and maybe even lose their jobs.
If they unfortunately have a public profile, or belong to someone who does, then the trial via television will probably follow suit. The lunch crowd is waiting, their blood lust exposed.
Therefore, the police investigation should be completed no matter how long it takes. Emergency lockdown legislation is not without its flaws, and many ordinary people trapped at the party gate have a lot to lose.
The next time you hear an honorable politician sharing his investigative advice, there are some things to keep in mind. And ask yourself, have you gone to get a piece of cake?
Tom Wood is a writer and former police officer.