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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Don’t play judge and jury – stick to the facts

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DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Don’t play judge and jury – stick to the facts

Freshly disappointed that the Prime Minister has escaped further police fines for Partygate, the Boris haters are in paroxysms of hysteria over the impending publication of Sue Gray’s report.

Left-leaning media are insinuating that Mr Johnson tried to sabotage the senior civil servant’s investigation into the No10 rallies.

He not only inappropriately forced a secret meeting with her to discuss his findings, they breathlessly report, but he left her ‘horribly isolated’ as she investigated lockdown breaches.

Let’s leave aside that none of the claims are true (indeed, after the ill-disguised briefings, the press officer in charge of the report was abruptly fired without explanation).

Left-leaning media insinuate Boris Johnson tried to drown out senior civil servant’s inquiry into No10 rallies

How have the commentators who suggest Miss Gray been ‘reconciled’ to their earlier insistence that her integrity and independence were beyond reproach?

The report risks damaging Boris politically. Legally, however, this is trivial.

Remember, Scotland Yard had a team of top detectives examining every bit of evidence at enormous cost, but considered a paltry fine sufficient for Mr Johnson.

So Miss Gray should not play judge, jury and executioner, but keep her report simple and factual, and resist the temptation to editorialize or print gratuitous photos.

She should stick to highlighting No10’s failures to maintain the high standards rightly expected by the public – and the improvements that need to be made.

Then we can put this endless hubbub behind us and move on to the issues that really matter.

fuel for thought

For all but the most obsessed, Partygate’s inequities pale in comparison to facing the worst cost-of-living cut in a generation.

Amid fears that soaring energy bills will push two in five households into fuel poverty, the government must explain how it can help those facing real hardship.

An exceptional tax on energy giants to help families in difficulty should not normally be the solution. Such levies discourage long-term investment and hamper pensions.

But Rishi Sunak’s plan to target only companies that don’t invest huge profits in new infrastructure seems innovative.

Britain’s chaotic energy policy played a part in this nightmare. Fearing the rage of the environmental lobby, successive governments have ditched nuclear, ditched North Sea oil and gas, and ditched fracking.

Now we’re beholden to unreliable renewables and turbulent global markets – and the chickens have returned to roost in the form of sky-high bills.

Investing in home energy will ultimately provide consumers with a greater windfall.

On the way to turmoil

As militant railroad unions plot to sabotage recovery with a summer of mass walkouts, Grant Shapps is right to threaten tough laws to curb strikes.

Using fiery rhetoric that is as predictable as it is depressing, the hard left labor barons say this is an attack on the working classes.

It’s actually quite the opposite. By trying to shut down the national rail network out of political spite, unions are jeopardizing countless jobs and livelihoods.

It is the duty of the Transport Secretary to prevent these Marxist saboteurs (and Labor paymasters) from making the lives of ordinary working people immeasurably worse.

  • As Commissioner, Lord Hogan-Howe oversaw arguably the most shameful period in Scotland Yard’s history. Innocent men have been ruined in the failed investigation into allegations of a VIP pedophile ring fantasy. Yet the Prime Minister will fight to have his discredited pal run the National Crime Agency. If this is the best man for the job, the police leadership is in even worse shape than we feared.

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