I am surprised that nobody has spotted the basic legal error in Assistant Commissioner Robert Quick’s letter to the Home Secretary, sent on Wednesday and published yesterday.
As I reported here on Wednesday, the police indicated on Thursday November 27 that they had been granted a warrant to search Damian Green’s office at the House of Commons. We then learned that no such warrant had been issued.
Why not? Either officers were advised that the district judge who granted the three other warrants had no power to permit a search of the House of Commons, I suggested. Or they had applied for a fourth warrant and were turned down by the court.
No, Mr Quick would have us believe. In his letter to Jacqui Smith, the assistant commissioner says officers did not seek a warrant because they thought that the Serjeant at Arms, Jill Pay, would allow Mr Green’s office to be searched.
This makes no sense at all, either as a matter of timing or as a matter of law. …