Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mr Green's Exit Leaves PM Isolated at the Top; Established 1827

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mr Green's Exit Leaves PM Isolated at the Top; Established 1827

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THE First Secretary of State has resigned because he forgot the first rule of political scandals: it's the cover-up that kills you. Damian Green made "inaccurate and misleading" statements to the civil servant, Sue Gray, originally asked to investigate whether his behaviour towards a journalist and family friend, Kate Maltby, had been inappropriate.

Ms Maltby has endured what felt like another form of harassment at the hands of some quarters of the media for daring to say publicly how uncomfortable she felt at Mr Green's approaches. If her claims had been dismissed out of hand, it would have discouraged other women from speaking out. Instead it was a vindication for Ms Maltby that the inquiry into Mr Green found her account "plausible". This probably would have forced his resignation even if No 10 had tried to keep him as they wanted. After all, Theresa May had all but promised (in Ruth Davidson's words) to "clean the stables" and she'd established the precedent when she fired her Defence Secretary for claims of inappropriate behaviour without an inquiry.

But it was the fact that Mr Green didn't tell the truth to the Cabinet Office about police claims that pornography had been found on his parliamentary computer nine years ago that actually forced a very reluctant Prime Minister to fire him. It's a clear breach of the ministerial code but many, including this paper, will feel queasy that it was this dubious operation by former police officers that brought him down instead of the new post-Weinstein climate that makes sexual harassment in the workplace unacceptable.

No Davis resignation Mr Green's dismissal should not stop Met Commissioner Cressida Dick concluding her investigation into what many think looks like an unsavoury conspiracy. We also note in passing that David Davis has not gone ahead with his plan which this paper reported to resign if the PM fired Mr Green because of anything connected with the police raid in 2008. As has been observed: in politics, greater love hath no man than that he lay down his friends for his life. …

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