OPEN warfare has broken out between Downing Street and the police over attempts by allies of Tony Blair to “coerce” detectives in the cash for honours inquiry...
Len Duvall, a senior Labour insider and chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority which oversees Scotland Yard, said the behaviour was reminiscent of the government’s actions over the Hutton inquiry into the death of David Kelly, the government scientist.
He warned politicians including Tessa Jowell, the culture secretary, and David Blunkett, the former home secretary, to “shut up” and “stop “whingeing and whining” about the police investigation. “No one in this country is above the law,” he said.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Duvall, who is also chairman of the Greater London Labour party, said Jowell, Blunkett and Lord Puttnam, the film producer and Labour donor who was ennobled by Blair, would look stupid when the police made their evidence public.
But what does it signify when the only people to take the side of No 10 are Jowell, Blunkett and Puttnam?